I guess I've never been a big fan of "holiday traditions". Traditions are often activities that someone found fun, decades or generations ago, that you should find fun today as well…. or else! I'm happier finding my own ways to celebrate and enjoy the company of family and friends. This year the Thanksgiving meal plan fell on my shoulders, so out with the turkey and in with a good BBQ beef brisket!
I've been perfecting this recipe for a couple of years and I think I've finally got it all nailed down. If you care to try it out (for Thanksgiving, or later) let me know how well my instructions work. The key is to make sure the cooking goes "low and slow" for maximum tenderness.
ARCAS-BRAND ™ SLOW COOKED BBQ BEEF BRISKET
3 lbs. beef brisket
2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon celery seed
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/3 cup beef broth (more if needed)
1.5 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon real maple syrup (optional)
1 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup water or quality bourbon
½ teaspoon celery seed
1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1.5 teaspoons mustard powder
¼ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Pour Liquid Smoke over brisket. Rub w/ onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and celery seed. Sprinkle w/ salt and wrap tightly in plastic. Marinate under refrigeration for 6-12 hours (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 250F degrees. Place brisket in roasting pan with beef broth and cover tightly with foil. Cook four hours at 225-250F. Check at 2 hour mark to see if broth has boiled off. If it has, add more to maintain moist meat through the remaining cooking.
Blend all sauce ingredients in sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until boiling.
Remove brisket from oven. For lower fat version, remove most of the liquid drippings from the pan. Cut brisket into slices and then pour sauce over brisket. Seal pan with foil and return to oven for another 45 minutes at 250F degrees.
Serves about 4-6
And now, some eye candy for dessert. Some of these are new to DA, others are just new to me. But there's always great imagery to be discovered in the DA bit-heap! Happy holidays to those celebrating!