Welsh Beef slow-cooked brisket

  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cook time 3 hrs
  • Serves 5+


  • 1.35kg lean PGI Welsh Beef brisket rolled joint
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 10 mini carrots, scrubbed
  • 6 mini parsnips, peeled
  • 2 red onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 600ml blonde/pale beer
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar

For the dumplings:

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 50g suet
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • Cold water


  • Energy: 2425 KJ
  • Calories: 578 kcals
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Of which saturates: 10.3 g
  • Salt: 0.9 g
  • Iron: 5.4 mg


Looking for something to do with the leftovers from this recipe? Try our Piquant Welsh Beef and Yorkshire pud burrito


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / Gas 4.
  2. Heat the oil in large ovenproof pot. Add the joint and brown on all sides. Add the vegetables and seasoning, followed by the beer and sugar. Bring to the boil, cover with lid and place in the oven for about 2 hours.
  3. Make dumplings: place the flour and suet into a bowl. Add the mustard and sufficient cold water to combine together and create a very slightly sticky dough. Shape into about 6-8 small balls. After 1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours remove meat from oven and add dumplings around the edge of the meat spacing them out – for crunchy dumplings with soft centres leave the lid off. Cook for about 20 minutes until dumplings are golden.
  4. Remove joint from liquid and reserve, cover with foil and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
  5. Remove dumplings. Skim any fat from the cooking liquid and discard. Place the remaining cooking liquid in a small pan to boil and reduce. Serve this drizzled over the sliced meat.
  6. Serve with dumplings and seasonal greens.
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