Brisket is a cut of beef that can be very tough, unless it is
slow-braised or with a slow barbecue method. The patience pays off, because the meat becomes very tender and moist. I saw this recipe on Cook's Country, and was intrigued that the recipe name comes from using Coca Cola (from where the soft drink originates). Instead of marinating the beef in Coca Cola (Cook's Country say it gave the beef a mush texture) and using packaged onion soup mix, this recipe uses ketchup, spices and herbs to make this a "scratch" brisket. The meat turned out really tender, and the sauce was absolutely delicious! It had the perfect balance of tomato, with just the right amount of acidity. Serve this with mashed potatoes, and you have a Sunday supper that your family will rave about.
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For the brisket (at least 6 hours, and up to 24 hours in advance):
Using fork, poke holes all over brisket. Rub entire surface of brisket with 1 tablespoon salt. Wrap brisket in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 or up to 24 hours.
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees.
Pat brisket dry with paper towels and season with pepper.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Place brisket fat side down in skillet; weigh down brisket with heavy Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet and cook until well browned, about 4 minutes.
Remove Dutch oven, flip brisket, and replace Dutch oven on top of brisket; cook on second side until well browned, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer brisket to plate.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in now-empty skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
Transfer onions to 13 by 9-inch baking dish and spread into even layer.
For the sauce:
Combine cola, ketchup, onion powder, sugar, garlic powder, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in bowl.
Place brisket fat side up on top of onions and pour cola mixture over brisket.
Place parchment paper over brisket and cover dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake until tender and fork easily slips in and out of meat, 3½ to 4 hours.
Let brisket rest in liquid, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Transfer brisket to carving board. Skim any fat from top of sauce with large spoon.
Slice brisket against grain into ¼-inch-thick slices and return to baking dish.
Serve brisket with sauce.
TO MAKE AHEAD: Follow recipe through step 4. Allow brisket to cool in sauce, cover, and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. To serve, slice brisket, return to sauce, and cover with parchment paper. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and cook in 350-degree oven until heated through, about 1 hour.