Beef brisket is a real favorite among meat lovers and is one of the most flavorful cuts of beef usually taken from the meat of the breast or lower chest of beef or veal.
This area of cattle is incredibly strong as the muscle here needs to support a lot of the weight of the animal, and as a result, This meat can have a lot of tough connective tissue which makes it a poor cut of meat for things like steak.
The nature of the meat means that it often requires tenderizing via an appropriate cooking method, which is why beef brisket is usually slow-cooked to both develop the flavor in the meat, as well as reduce the toughness of the meat itself.
Brisket is often prepared by rubbing the meat with spice, or by marinating and cooking over charcoal or wood which also smokes the meat to add even more flavor and texture to the dish.
There are many ways to cook brisket, with some being more famous and popular than others.
In this guide, we’re going to look at some of the best recipes to use with beef brisket, from traditional recipes to other options to show the versatility of this amazing meat and just how creative you can get with it.
This recipe is a great choice for people who appreciate the slow cooking requirements of brisket, but who don’t want to deal with the smoking process which some people find difficult or too time-consuming.
Pot roasting the meat develops amazing flavors, especially when using beer to develop a rich flavor and unique aroma.
Adding in some parsnips and mushrooms adds body and extra nutrition, and this is also a great idea as these vegetables will absorb the liquor and moisture of the beer, ensuring that the flavor is present throughout the whole dish.
Ideally, this dish is served with mashed potatoes and gravy, for a hearty, rich, and delicious meal that can serve a large group of people very well.
An alternative to the above recipe but very similar in execution is the one-pot beef brisket and braised celery recipe, which is essentially a Tuscan braise that uses a full bodied red wine to add a rich and unique flavor that both compliments and develops the unique flavor of brisket.
Cutting through this richness with some braised celery compliments and elevates the entire dish and makes for a one-pot roast which is simple and effective, delivering an amazing alternative to smoking or barbequing your brisket.
Texans are well known for a lot of different things, but few are as delicious and well known as Texas barbecue.
When creating a Texas barbecue brisket, there are several important elements that must be done correctly.
First, the rubbing of the meat needs to be done well, and well before the meat is cooked. Allowing the dry rub to penetrate the meat and develop flavor requires several hours or ideally at least a day to really provide the flavor you need.
After this, the meat needs to be cooked low and slow ideally using a covered grill that allows smoke to help flavor and cook the meat.
The famous Texas barbeque sauce is served separately and only used on the meat after cooking and serving. Some people like to add the sauce earlier in the process, but any Texan will tell you that the sauce is added as an accompaniment after the meat is served!
If you just can’t get enough of miso, this is the pie for you, delivering unique and delicious umami flavors coupled with cheese and a thick, flaky pastry that adds structure and texture to this delicious recipe.
The use of mushrooms, ideally porcini mushrooms, is key to reinforcing the flavors of this dish, and make sure that the brisket is cooked low and slow, as it should be, in a pot to draw out the flavor and juices.
If you’re looking for something totally different to try, pomegranate brisket may just be the dish for you.
This is a popular Jewish recipe that uses the sweet and sour notes of the pomegranate to bring unique flavor and richness which combines sensationally well with a well-cooked brisket.
Add some onions and pomegranate molasses as well as some coriander, cucumber, chili, and couscous to make this very interesting and refreshing dish that takes brisket in a totally unique and wonderful direction.
Thai curry has grown massively in popularity over recent years, with many people discovering the delightful spiciness and lightness of traditional Thai dishes.
Consider making Thai beef curry using brisket, as the wonderful beef flavor of brisket pairs amazingly well with the spiciness of Thai curry and is cut through by the other popular ingredients like ginger, chili, lime, garlic, and coriander.
If you’re lucky enough to own a slow cooker, then brisket is something you absolutely have to try.
As already mentioned brisket needs to be cooked low and slow, and in a slow cooker, the flavor of the meat is even richer due to the fact that the juices are contained and allowed to recirculate, creating an even more meaty flavor than traditional brisket, however it may not benefit from the smokiness of traditional cooking methods.
Add in some celery, onion, mushrooms, and garlic as well as some mustard and red wine to create a pot roast that is truly decadent and delicious.
Another way to prepare brisket is to bake it until gorgeously tender and brown, before coating it in a sweet and smoky sauce that has a hint of spice, serving with baked potatoes or even with warm bread wraps for finger licking feasting.
This is an absolutely classic family favorite that can use various beef cuts braised and slow-cooked, served with rich gravy.
Adding brisket to the mix only makes the dish more flavorful and if the brisket is prepared correctly it will add a whole new dimension to the standard beef casserole we all know and love.
Glazing a beautifully prepared brisket is nothing new, and it’s one of the best and most popular ways to enjoy this cut of meat, but getting creative with the sauce, rub, and accompanying dishes is a great way to recreate the dish and put your own spin on it.
Using a bourbon and honey glaze in particular works well for creating both the sticky texture the sauce requires to stay on the meat, while the bourbon brings out unique flavors that pair amazingly well with the spice of the dry rub and the smoke from the grilling or cooking process.
Some sour cream and chive mash offers something of a comforting palette cleanser to accompany the storm of flavors that this brisket can create.
We’ve already seen how much brisket can benefit from a little Asian persuasion, but leaning into Chinese flavors can add another unique dimension which is the beauty of so many rich and distinct Asian culinary traditions.
Using brisket alongside various aromatic Asian spices and aromatic vegetables allows you to create a dish that works amazingly as either a main course accompanied by a stir fry or rice.
The ginger in this works particularly well and cuts through the richness of the meat beautifully creating a balanced flavor profile that is very complimentary.
Braised brisket is a very simple and cheap way to enjoy this meat, however the secret to a really delicious dish is to use a little muscovado sugar during the dry rubbing process to offset the smokiness that the meat will acquire during and after cooking.
Pairing brisket with the right side can elevate the entire experience of the meat, wand salsa Rossa and greens help provide a grounding freshness that prevents the richness from becoming too overpowering or overwhelming regardless of the type of brisket you prefer to create.
Pairing an already rich meat with a rich and luxurious gravy may seem like overkill, but honestly, overkill is sort of what brisket is all about, particularly when it comes to effort, flavor, and of course the reward at the end.
Pairing your meat with a delicious golden ale gravy and some comforting horseradish mash is a great way to make a hearty and delicious meal.
15. Simple Salt Beef
Finally, if you want something simple, tender and back to basics for a change, you can’t go wrong with salt beef.
A juicy brisket will make the salt beef even more sublime as the meat absorbs the salt and other rubs or marinades extremely well and is the perfect base for an astonishingly good brisket.
Brisket is one of the best value cuts of beef, providing amazing flavor and texture, especially if you’re willing to take the time required to prepare the meat properly to extract the maximum flavor from it.
The above recipes all use brisket in unique and interesting ways, some more traditional than others, but all of them are exceptionally tasty and should give you unending ideas for how to prepare and experiment with your brisket and smoker, to develop the perfect brisket based dish for you and your family.