Oven Roasted Brisket

Oven Roasted Brisket

Brisket is growing in popularity thanks to the BBQ movement. But did you know that it is a traditional meal for the high holy days such as Rosh Hashanah and Passover? You can serve it for your Easter Sunday meal or you can make it on any given Sunday. In this recipe the brisket is braised in a covered roasting pan which makes it tender and juicy in about 4 hours. Carrots, celery, mushrooms and onions are combined with the brisket to give it that hearty pot roast deliciousness. Ideally you need to purchase a 5 pound prime brisket flat for this recipe. If you go smaller, just keep the quantity of the remaining ingredients the same.

Ingredients

  • 1 4 – 5 pound brisket flat
  • 2 white onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 8 oz white mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

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Directions

First dice the carrots and celery. Slice the onions on a fine mandolin blade. Wash and thinly slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic cloves and set aside.


Next, trim the silverskin and excessive fat from the brisket. Then pat the brisket dry and rub it down with olive oil. Season both sides with a medium amount of salt and pepper.


Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat and add a small drizzle of olive oil. Spread the oil around the skillet with a silicone spatula.


When the skillet reaches temperature, add the brisket to the pan fat side down first. Cook for 5 minutes then flip to the other side and cook for another 5 minutes.


Remove the brisket and place it in the roasting pan, fat side down. The roasting pan is the heat source and the fat will protect the meat while cooking. Preheat your oven at 325 F.


Add the diced vegetables (except garlic) to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of beef broth, then add the tomatoes, brown sugar, cider and minced garlic. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any crispy burnt beef fond from the pan surface.


Simmer for 4 minutes then pour everything over the brisket in the roasting pan. Add the remaining beef broth to the roasting pan. Toss in the sprigs of fresh thyme on the meat and to the side on the veggies.


Tightly seal the roasting pan with heavy duty aluminum foil. You may need to use 2 sheets for a good seal. Bake for 3 hours on the middle rack at 325 F. After 3 hours, check the brisket for tenderness by using a temperature probe or a toothpick. Push it into the meat and when it slides in with very little resistance, then it’s tender and ready. If it feels tough let it cook for another 30 minutes to 1 hour and check again. A 5 pound brisket flat will take about 4 hours at this temperature. It will register around 210 F in most areas when done.


When the brisket is tender, remove it from the oven and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Slice it against the grain to produce the most tender cuts of meat.




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Sous Vide Corned Beef Brisket

Sous Vide Corned Beef Brisket

Sous vide what? So this is a highly controlled way of cooking that yields some very tasty results. It’s basically heating the water surrounding your food that is under pressure from vacuum sealing. Not only does this make food tender and juicy, it also keeps the flavor from steaming away. You will need some equipment such as a Sous Vide cooker and a cooking bin. You will also need a vacuum sealer and bags for best results. And for this cook you will need a lid for your cooking bin to keep the water from evaporating away. For this recipe you going to need a 2 to 4 pound corned beef flat. And, this will be a 48 hour cook so be prepared to make plans ahead of time and be sure you paid your electricity bill. Don’t let this long cook time prevent you from making this happen. Try this recipe at least once and you are likey to make this your go to St Patricks day corned beef meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 – 4 pound Corned Beef Flat
  • 3 Russet Potatoes
  • 6 Carrots
  • 1 Cabbage
  • 1 Stick Butter

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Directions

Remove the corned beef from the packaging and wash off the red fluid. Next, dry the corned beef with paper towels. Apply the seasoning packet to both sides while patting the seasoning into the meat. Place the beef into a large vacuum seal bag and then seal it up with the vacuum sealer.


Place the vacuum sealed corned beef into the sous vide cooking container. Fill the container with water to the top level with the beef in the container. This will make sure you have the proper level of water in the container. Remove the beef then start the sous vide cooker with the temperature set at 140 F.


When the water reaches 140 F place the beef into the cooking container and set a timer for 48 hours. Near the 48 hour mark, you can start cooking the potatoes carrots and cabbage.


Peel then slice the carrots into small chunks. Next peel and slice the potatoes into small chunks. Melt a half stick of butter in a large cast iron skillet. Cook the carrots and potatoes for about 20 minutes or until browned.


Remove the browned outer leaves from the cabbage. Slice the cabbage in half then cut out the core from both halves. Place each half cut side down then slice the halves into strips. Melt a half stick of butter in a large cast iron skillet. Cook the cabbage for about 20 minutes or until browned.


Combine the carrots, potatoes, and cabbage together and keep them warm in the oven at 300 F while you work on the corned beef.


At 48 hours, remove the vacuum sealed corned beef from the water. Next cut open the vacuum seal bag and carefully remove the beef using heat gloves or tongs. Be careful not to spill any liquid from the bag and discard it in the sink. Dry the corned beef with paper towels.


Heat a skillet at medium high temp and add some avocado oil. When heated, lay the corned beef fat cap side down into the skillet and brown it for 2 minutes. Flip to the other side and brown for 2 minutes. Remove the beef and place it on a cutting board. Slice the beef against the grain and place the slices on top of the potato carrot cabbage mixture.




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Smoked Grilled Pichana

Smoked Grilled Pichana

Have you tried grilled picanha aka sirloin cap? This is a cut of beef that is traditionally cooked in Brazil and is one of the top meats there. In the United States, it is sold as sirloin cap and sometimes you will see it labeled as picanha. This recipe takes the cooking method to another level by smoking the meat prior to grilling. Sticking to tradition, the only seasoning used in this recipe is BBQ salt during grilling time. This results in a flavor of delicious beef with earthy smoke fire and salt.

Ingredients

  • 3 – 5 pound Picanha (Sirloin cap)
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher Salt

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Directions

First score the fat cap with a knife but do not touch the meat underneath. Create a grid which allows the fat to escape and flavor the meat.


Next using the knife, on the meat side, mark the grain of the meat by making a slice in the grain direction. This will be useful when slicing so that slices will be against the grain for more tenderness.


Next place the meat on the smoker fat cap up (debate this in the comment section) with the smoker at 165 F using mesquite wood. Just to clarify, there was no seasoning or marinade used with the meat at this point.


Smoke the meat for 2 hours then pull it and slice it with the grain into 2 finger width chunks. Salt liberally one side of the meat with kosher salt or Brazilian BBQ salt.


Place the meat on a medium temperature grill salt side down (again, debate this in the comment section) for 5 minutes, then flip to the unsalted side. Finally flip to the fat cap side and allow it to burn in the flame. Stay near the grill at all times and do not close the lid during this cook phase.


When the meat reaches 130F pull it from the grill and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing against the grain and enjoying.




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Pellet Smoked Overnight Brisket

Pellet Smoked Overnight Brisket

Cooking a brisket overnight on a pellet smoker is one of the most epic cooks that you can achieve on this cooking machine. There is no fire to tend to like an offset smoker would have you do, so you just fill the pellet hopper to the max and sleep till morning. But let’s be real, the sleep won’t be so good especially if you spent some big coin on a prime brisket. You can reduce your sleep anxiety by using a wireless thermometer and setting a 202 F max temp alarm for the brisket and a 180 F low temp alarm with an ambient probe for the smoker. If you are a heavy sleeper you probably should set the brisket max temp alarm at 155 F to wake you when the brisket nears the stall stage. Keep in mind this stall temp could range from 145 – 175 F so you will need to observe the temp around this time. This temp should hit sometime in the early morning so be ready to get out of bed and tend to your cook. Wrapping a brisket will allow it to get past the stall stage and it will make the meat tender by braising it in its juices. You can wrap the brisket with aluminum foil or butcher paper. If you choose aluminum foil, the seasoning bark may wash off somewhat from trapped steam. On the other hand, butcher paper will allow some moisture to escape giving you a thick bark. When the brisket reaches between 202 – 205 F in both the point and flat, take additional readings with a handheld thermometer to confirm this temp. You can also tell when the brisket is ready by feel. When the temp probe slides into the meat like butter with little resistance, then it’s done. When this happens you need to place the brisket in a cooler and let it rest for at least 1 to 2 hours. After this rest period it is ready to unwrap, slice against the grain and enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 12 – 15 pound full packer brisket (choice or prime)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef brisket seasoning

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Directions

First, using a flexible boning knife trim the discolored edges off the brisket on all 4 edges.


Next trim all hard fat from the brisket on all surfaces. Keep the fat cap side in place but reduce any hard buildup fatty areas. You want to avoid scalping the fat into the meat but leave 1/4 inch of a fat layer.


Next rub down one side with a coating of worcestershire sauce and then apply your favorite BBQ rub. Flip the brisket to the other side and repeat. Wrap the brisket in cellophane wrap and refrigerate several hours, ideally 5 hours.





Around 11 pm, remove the brisket from the refrigerator and allow it to warm on the countertop for 15 minutes. Start the smoker at 230 F using hickory pellets and a fully loaded hopper. Ideally this will be a 20 pound bag of pellets. Place the brisket on the top rack if you have one, with the fat cap down and the point facing the hot spot such as the exhaust. Place a temp probe in the point and set the alarm for 155 F and set an ambient probe temp for 180 F low alarm.


When the alarm alerts, monitor the temperature for a few minutes to see if it stays nearly the same. When this happens, wrap the brisket in two overlapping strips of butcher paper. Place the brisket back on the smoker and re-insert the temperature probe(s). Increase the smoker temperature to 250 F. Increase the brisket alarm max temp to 202 F. Check the pellet level in the hopper and add any if needed.


Continue to cook until the temperature probes signal the alarms. At this point, move the probes around to get additional readings and take an average of those readings. Some areas will be higher in temp than others, and you want to go with the mid to lower temp areas as your current temp. When the brisket reaches temp the meat will be very tender and the temp probes will slide in like butter. If that is not happening, you need to continue the cook and re position the temp probe.


When the brisket reaches temperature and the meat is tender, place it in a small cooler and let it rest 1 to 2 hours. If you have a large cooler, wrap the brisket in a towel to keep it insulated.


After the resting period, slice the brisket against the grain, usually starting diagonally from the lower flat corner. Turn the point and slice it against the grain.




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