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Coffee-Rubbed Beef Brisket Recipe

Coffee Rubbed Beef Brisket Recipe

Credit: Danielle Minnebo

Make sure you use smoked paprika for this beef brisket dish as it adds a lovely smoky flavour that complements the coffee beautifully.

Serves: 6



  • Spice Rub
  • 1 tbsp ground organic coffee beans
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2kg beef brisket
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 750mL tomato passata
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 red onions, cut into quarters
  • 4 cloves garlic
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. Combine ground coffee beans, smoked paprika, dried thyme, sea salt, coconut palm sugar and ground cumin in bowl and mix together. Rub spice mix into beef brisket on both sides.
  3. Heat olive oil in large cast-iron pot and add beef brisket. Sear brisket on both sides for 2 mins.
  4. Remove brisket from pot and add tomato passata, water, red wine and vinegar. Using wooden spoon, scrape spice mix from bottom of pan and mix through passata mixture.
  5. Add onion and garlic cloves and place brisket back in pot. Cook for 4 hours, making sure to turn brisket halfway through to allow it to cook evenly.
  6. Once cooked, remove brisket from pot, shred meat and add meat back to pot with sauce. Or, alternatively, keep brisket whole, remove it from pot and slice it into big pieces.
  7. Serve on a serving platter topped with sauce from pot.


Danielle Minnebo

Danielle is a university-qualified nutritionist, a passionate home cook and founder of Food to Nourish. Danielle’s love affair with cooking started at a very young age in the kitchen where she was taught to cook by her mother. Danielle is passionate about helping people form a better understanding of nutrition and a healthier relationship with the food they eat. In fact, she’s on a mission to help spread the real food message to as many people as possible. Throughout her work as a nutritionist, Danielle’s basic principles have always come back to how we cook and prepare our food. She believes it really is as simple as combining wholefood ingredients in the right way to create tasty dishes that are nutrient-dense and full of flavour.