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Baked Brisket Au Jus

1 (5 lb) beef brisket

2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 lg onion

4 celery ribs

1/2 cup tomato paste

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 cup brewed coffee


1.  Place brisket, fat side up, in roasting pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Top with onion and celery.

2.  Stir together tomato paste, tomato sauce, worcestershire sauce, pour over beef.  Bake brisket uncovered at 325 F (160 C) for 1 hour.  Cover and bake 2 more hours, basting with pan juices occasionally.  Add coffee, cover and bake 2 more hours checking every 30 minutes for dryness.  Add 1/4 cup water if necessary. 

3.  Remove brisket from pan, let stand 20 minutes.  Cut brisket across grain into thin slices using sharp knife.

4.  Strain pan drippings, and serve with sliced brisket.

Serves 6-8