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Texas Brisket

Posted: June 29

Time: 15 hours

Yield: 12 servings

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If we're talking about true, classic barbecue, the brisket stands head and shoulders above almost any other dish. No other cut of beef can match its fattiness, flavor, and tenderness. Texas Brisket makes the most of this marvelous meat by letting the meat marinate in savory and spicy flavors and then slow-braising it in beef broth. This is all before the meat is slathered in a barbecue sauce that accents and elevates the smokiness, sweetness, and beefiness of the dish. Texas Brisket is a heavy time commitment, but by the time you're slicing and serving, you'll be amazed... and then you'll take a bite and you'll be awed.


For the brisket:
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
1 (6-pound) fresh beef brisket
1/2 cup beef broth
2 bay leaves
For the barbecue:
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard


Step 1

In a large bowl or shallow dish, combine the Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 2 cloves of garlic, celery salt, pepper, and liquid smoke.

Step 2

Cut the brisket in half.

Step 3

Add the brisket to the bowl and turn it to coat.

Step 4

Cover and refrigerate the brisket for at least 8 hours and up to overnight.

Step 5

Transfer the beef to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker.

Step 6

Add the beef broth and bay leaf.

Step 7

Cover and cook the brisket on low heat until the meat is tender, about 6-8 hours.

Step 8

In a small saucepan, sauté the onion in the oil until tender, about 3-4 minutes.

Step 9

Add the remaining garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 10

Stir in the ketchup, molasses, cider vinegar, the remaining chili powder, and ground mustard, and heat through.

Step 11

Remove the brisket from the slow cooker.

Step 12

Discard the bay leaves.

Step 13

Place 1 cup of the cooking liquid into a measuring cup, skimming the fat from it.

Step 14

Add the reserved cooking liquid to the barbecue sauce. Discard the remaining juices.

Step 15

Return the brisket to the slow cooker and top with the barbecue sauce.

Step 16

Cover and cook on high heat until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes.

Step 17

Thinly slice the beef against the grain.

Step 18

Serve with the barbecue sauce.

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