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To make the brisket: Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Place the meat in a large roasting pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Scatter the onions, celery and tomatoes on top. Cover the pan tightly. Bake for 7-8 hours or until the meat is soft and tender. Remove the meat and vegetables. Puree the vegetables and pan juices to use for gravy over mashed potatoes (or noodles, other starches). Let the meat cool. Trim any large pieces of fat that have not melted. About a half hour ...