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How to Prepare a Better Brisket: Easy Steps

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Looking for a way to make better briskets? Follow this article to learn about the process to prepare it perfectly.

Brisket is a delicious meal to enjoy. They are sold boneless. The meat comes from the breast part of the animal. You need to cook it using a low-and-slow method to get the best result. Some people can find it difficult as it takes a long time to cook. But, if you can cook it once perfectly, you will want to repeat it.

You can cook the brisket using different mediums like the oven, stovetop top, slow cooker, and you can also grill it if you desire. But in every medium, you will need to remember some must-know facts to get the best result.

The Must-know Facts to Cook Brisket Better

Make sure to remember the tips below to cook a better brisket:

  • Sear the aromatics to make your brisket flavorful.
  • Consider braising the brisket in some medium besides water such as wine, beer, or apple juice.
  • Trim off thick pieces of fat for getting the perfect bark on brisket. But, avoid trimming too much as it adds to the flavor in the final dish.
  • While using a stovetop, brown the meat using a Dutch oven as it will provide more heat consistency.
  • Using a slow cooker to cook your brisket is always the best idea.
  • You might like to prepare the brisket ahead of time. Slice the meat and place again in the braising liquid and keep in the refrigerator. It will let your brisket pick up the flavors better.
  • Making a sauce using the braising liquid can be a creative idea. Use a Dutch oven to thicken the liquid using roux and finish it with a splash of herbs, vinegar, or a pat of butter to serve.

Cooking a Better Brisket 

To prepare a better brisket, go through the processes below and learn the tips to enjoy the flavorful and mouth-watering dish using any medium.

Cooking Brisket in the Oven

You can enjoy an irresistibly flavored and delightfully tender brisket using an oven. Don’t forget to add well-seasoned cooking liquid to make it mouth-watering. You will not need any special equipment. Just a baking pan will do the work. 

  • Prep the Brisket: First, use paper towels to pat the brisket dry. Then, season lightly with pepper and salt. Brown the brisket in oil if it is specified in the recipe.
  • Prep the Cooking Liquid: While cooking brisket in the oven, it might require braising in liquid either in a Dutch oven or a covered baking pan. There are many ways to flavor the brisket liquid-like applying barbecue flavor or adding wine and herbs to get a different taste. When cooking a 3- to 4-pound brisket in the oven, make sure to add three cups of the liquid you have chosen for flavor.
  • Bake the Brisket: Now it’s time to place your seasoned brisket in the pan. Take the cooking liquid and pour it over the meat. See the direction before covering it to bake. Usually, for a 3- to 4-pound brisket, it takes 3 to 4 hours. Slice across the grain after letting it stand for 15 minutes and then serve.
  • Proper Temperature to Cook in the Oven: You need to ensure slow cooking at low temperature to make it delicious. Generally, the ideal temperature for cooking beef brisket is 325° F. Use this guideline if your recipe has not specified any.

Cooking Brisket on the Stovetop

Though a slow cooker works best for cooking brisket, using a stovetop can be a good option too.

Cooking brisket on the stovetop is pretty much the same as cooking it in the oven. Pat dry, then season the meat. Next, for 3- to 4-pound brisket, stir together with a cooking liquid of 3 cups. Pour the liquid over the meat. Cover and cook it low and slow. You will need to simmer the meat over low heat for 3 hours or until it gets tender when it is a 3-pound brisket while using the stovetop. Use a skillet with a tight-fitting lid or heavy pan to get the best result.

Cooking Brisket in a Slow Cooker

Using a slow cooker to cook brisket gives a better taste. The process might look the same as cooking brisket on a stovetop or oven. You simply need to let the brisket simmer gently and slowly in a cooking liquid to make it tender and juicy. You may cook vegetables on the side using a slow cooker. Thus, the cooking liquid can become a sauce that you may serve with the brisket.

  • Prep the Brisket and Cooking Liquid: First, you need to trim fat from the brisket. But, don’t trim off too much as it equals flavor in the final dish. Make a delicate balance. Then, season with pepper and salt. Cut the brisket depending on the shape of your slow cooker and meat to fit it. Now, like the previous methods, prepare the cooking liquid. If your recipe suggests using vegetables, get them ready too according to the recipe.
  • Slow-Cook the Brisket: Now it’s time to place the brisket in the slow cooker. If it’s a recipe with vegetables, place the vegetables first and then the prepared brisket on top of it. Then,  pour the sauce over it. Cover to cook as the recipe says. In general, you might need to cook a 3- to 4-pound brisket on high heat for 5 to 6 hours or on low heat for 10 to 12 hours. While serving, make sure to thinly slice it across the grain to make it look appealing.

Smoking Brisket on a Grill

Cooking brisket on a grill might look complicated to some, though it is not. In truth, it requires more hands-on attention, but it isn’t that hard to handle. Just go through the process below, and you can have your mouth-watering smoked brisket to enjoy.

  • Prep Wood Chips: First, place 1 to 2 cups of wood chips. Then, cover them with enough water in a container. Make sure to soak them 1 hour before grilling and drain before using. You might like to soak the wood chips in beer, wine, or apple juice to add another layer of flavor.
  • Prep the Brisket and the Grill and Cook: Distribute a dry rub thoroughly over all the brisket. Then, using your fingers, massage it. You may cook on a charcoal barbecue or a gas barbecue.
  • Charcoal Grill: To begin, remove a drip pan then surround it with medium-hot embers. Fill the pan halfway with boiling water. Then, add the wood pieces to the coals. Test the pans required heat. Place the brisket on the grill rack, fat side down, over the drip pan. Cover and smoke as your recipe require, or you can smoke it for 4 to 5 hours. It will need to reach 185 °F to 190 °F to make the brisket tender. Don’t forget to turn it in once done halfway. Add additional water and coals as needed to maintain moisture and temperature. Avoid adding more wood after smoking for 2 hours.
  • For a gas grill: Preheat the grill to medium heat and lower the heat to low. After that, set the grill to cook in an indirect manner. As recommended by the manufacturer, add some wood bits. Now, take a roasting pan and place the brisket on the rack and then place it on the grill rack over a turned-off burner. Take a drip pan and add 1 inch of water. Set it on the grill rack and overheat. Check the direction and then cover and smoke your brisket.
  • Let Brisket Stand and Serve: Take out the brisket from the grill and cover it with foil. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Slice it thinly across the grain and serve with your favorite sauce.

You can perfectly smoke your brisket in a gas or charcoal grill if it has a lid as it works well for smoking. And, you will not need a smoker to smoke your brisket. Try out the process and enjoy your delicious meal with brisket.

To cook a delicious brisket, make sure you shop better too. Buy those that appear moist but not wet and have good color. For each person, plan on 3 to 4 ounces of serving. If you cook more, there’s nothing to worry about as you can store them by freezing them for up to 2 months or keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cooking brisket takes nothing but the right process. You just need to keep patience and practice the steps accordingly, and you will be rewarded with a delicious, rich, and hearty meal.

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