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Brisket Recipes

Oven Brisket Tips

By Katie Workman

Avoiding Tough Brisket

Don’t be tempted to turn up the heat to a higher temperature. Brisket is a tough cut of meat with a lot of collagen (connective tissues) and only low and slow cooking will allow the meat to become fall-apart tender. You can cook the brisket for longer at a lower temperature, but don’t go above 300 degrees or it will likely become tough. Also make sure the pan is well sealed during the cooking process to hold in the moisture. This is necessary both in the initial cooking time with no sauce, and the second part of the baking, once the sauce is added.

How Much Brisket Per Person?

A 5 pound brisket, once cooked, will shrink to about 3 1/2 pounds of meat, so don’t be surprised when it shrinks considerably. Plan for about 1/2 pound uncooked brisket per person; a five pound brisket should serve 10. However, if you have big eaters, round up! And if you want leftovers (and why wouldn’t you) round up! If you are cooking a 7 or 8 pound brisket, just add another 30 minutes to the initial cooking time, and another 30 minutes to the cooking time once you add the sauce (don’t forget to reseal that pan).

 

You absolutely need to let the brisket rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing it. This will allow the juices in the meat, which will have worked their way to the surface during the cooking process, to redistribute themselves throughout the meat. The result: tender, juice slices of flavorful brisket. It will still stay warm, tented with foil while it rests, but the most important thing is that the juices won’t run out onto the cutting board, leaving you with slices of grayish, dry meat.

 

Cutting Brisket Against the Grain

When you read a recipe and it tells you to cut a piece of meat against or across the grain, it means you should slice the meat crosswise, across the fibers of the meat. Cut of beef or other meat like brisket which are from a much-used muscle of the cow develop strong fibers, which will soften with cooking, but remain intact. Cutting the slices of meat perpendicular to the fibers means that each slice will have only short bits of fiber going crosswise, and the meat will feel easier to chew and more tender. Otherwise long strands of fibers will cause the meat to feel chewy and even tough in your mouth.

Oven Baked Beef Brisket

Author: Katie Workman

Prep Time: 25 mins     Cook Time: 5 hrs 30 mins   Total Time: 5 hrs 55 mins   Servings: 10 People 

Ingredients:

  • brisket about 5 pounds  

For the Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons paprika smoked if possible

  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • ¼ cup chopped celery

  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 3 cups beef broth

  • bay leaves

 

Directions:

  1. If the brisket has a thick layer of fat, trim it down to ¼-inch. Mix together rub ingredients. Rub all over brisket, wrap it in plastic wrap or place in a sealable container and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 8 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place the brisket in a roasting pan and cover the baking pan with a lid, or seal it well with foil. Bake for 3 hours.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Add the cayenne, vinegar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, broth and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes until it reduces slightly. Remove from the heat.

  4. Take the brisket from the oven, turn it over, and pour the half of the sauce into the pan over the brisket, recover the pan (if using foil, cover the pan tightly, using towels to protect your hands from the hot pan). Reserve the rest of the sauce in the pot. Continue cooking in the oven for another 2 hours or so, or until the meat is just about fork tender. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 30 minutes until the outside of the brisket has browned up and gotten a bit crusty.

  5. Remove from the oven, take the brisket out of the pan, and let it sit on a cutting board tented with foil (with a little moat to catch the juices!) for 20 minutes before slicing across the grain. If there is any sauce left in the pan, skim off the fat and add it to the remaining sauce in the pot, and heat it again before serving the brisket with the additional sauce for people to drizzle over their meat if they like.

Oven Baked Beef Brisket

Author: Katie Workman

Prep Time: 25 mins     Cook Time: 5 hrs 30 mins   Total Time: 5 hrs 55 mins   Servings: 10 People 

 Ingredients:

  • 1 beef brisket (4 to 5 pounds) 

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon onion salt

  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons pepper

  • Dash hot pepper sauce

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce

  • Dash ground nutmeg

 

Directions:

  1. Place brisket, fat side down, in a 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, mix Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, onion salt, liquid smoke, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; pour over brisket. Turn brisket fat side up; refrigerate, covered, overnight.

  2. Remove brisket from refrigerator. Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake, covered, 4 hours. In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients. Spread over brisket. Bake, uncovered, 15-30 minutes longer or until tender. Cut diagonally across the grain into thin slices.