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teebee's picture

I am thinking ahead for the Memorial Day weekend, and would like to make beef brisket (for a small crowd).  Who's got a good recipe/technique?  I've made one once (a long time ago), but I'm sure that someone here will have a better recipe.  I have faith that the CT gang can help me out!  Thanks!

MadMom's picture

(post #66653, reply #1 of 8)

I just use my Mom's recipe.  S&P, about halfway up the side with water, cover with foil and bake forever (preferably overnight) at about 250 degrees.  The gravy is TDF!

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Jean's picture

(post #66653, reply #2 of 8)

If you type in beef brisket into the advanced search function you'll find lots of good suggestions that have already been posted. Enjoy!

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TracyK's picture

(post #66653, reply #3 of 8)

This one is really good... it's a recipe from my sister's mother in law. Great sliced and served over noodles, or chopped and made into sandwiches. :-)

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Gretchen's picture

(post #66653, reply #4 of 8)

I do one in the crockpot--with brisket or chuck--that is pretty dead easy, and delicious.

put a layer of sliced onions in the bottom of the crockpot. Put in the brisket. Pour over a can of beer and 16 oz. of BBQ sauce (I make my own--recipe in T&T under pulled pork).  I would probably now add at least a teaspoon of smoked paprika.

Cook on low for 8 hours. Degrease the juices/sauce and simmer to concentrate it a bit.

wonka's picture

(post #66653, reply #5 of 8)

I like this recipe.


4 large garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, needles striped from the stem and chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 (4 pound) beef brisket, first-cut
Coarsely ground black pepper
4 large carrots, cut in 3-inch chunks
3 celery stalks, cut in 3-inch chunks
4 large red onions, halved
2 cups dry red wine
1 (16-ounce) can whole tomatoes, hand-crushed
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon potato/corn starch

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
On a cutting board, mash the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt together with the flat-side of a knife into a paste. Add the rosemary and continue to mash until incorporated. Put the garlic-rosemary paste in a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil; stir to combine.
Season both sides of the brisket with a fair amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper. Place a large roasting pan or Dutch oven over medium-high flame and coat with the remaining olive oil. Put the brisket in the roasting pan and sear to form a nice brown crust on both sides. Lay the vegetables all around the brisket and pour the rosemary paste over the whole thing. Add the wine and tomatoes; toss in the parsley and bay leaves. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 3 to 4 hours, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices, until the beef is fork tender.
Remove the brisket to a cutting board and let it rest for 15 minutes. Scoop the vegetables out of the roasting pan and onto a platter, cover to keep warm. Pour out some of the excess fat, and put the roasting pan with the pan juices on the stove over medium-high heat. Boil and stir for 5 minutes until the sauce is reduced by 1/2. (If you want a thicker sauce, mix 1 tablespoon of potato starch/cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of wine or water and blend into the gravy).

Slice the brisket across the grain (the muscle lines) at a slight diagonal.


Gretchen's picture

(post #66653, reply #6 of 8)

I think it really depends on whether the OP wants a brisket roast or a brisket BBQ. Since Memorial Day was mentioned I sort of assume the latter.


gmunger's picture

(post #66653, reply #7 of 8)

Memorial Day. The summer kickoff. I vote BBQ.


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teebee's picture

(post #66653, reply #8 of 8)

Thanks so much for all of the advice--especially the "advanced search," as I always wondered what that was.  I knew that somewhere on this forum there would be recipes for brisket.  I definitely want BBQ.  My husband's family will all be going to their "camp" (which is really more of a lodge--all the comforts of home) that weekend, and I was hoping to cook this at home, then refrigerate overnight and reheat the next day.  I was going to do a trial run this week, but am having trouble finding a cut of brisket in my small town!  I have one more place to try before I head out of town.  Thanks again!