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I have had this beef brisket staring at me from the freezer for a month. I was getting absolutely no inspiration for what to do with it until I went to Karen’s Blog, Back Road Journal, and found her brisket recipe. I had every intention of making her recipe because it sounded so good. At the last minute I changed my mind. One of the main reasons I haven’t done anything with the brisket is because most of the recipes floating around on the inter tubes involve BBQ sauce (with a bunch of fake ingredients). Karen’s recipe does not, hence the reason I was so excited to try it. Up until just recently, I hadn’t been able to make a bbq sauce that was really yummy and didn’t involve a bunch of fake ingredients like ketchup. With my first successful BBQ recipe sauce under my belt, I thought there’s no time like the present to try out a brisket recipe where I could use what I learned. However the credit for the inspiration really does go to Karen.
There’s no doubt that buying grass fed meat is more expensive. After all there’s a much higher cost to the producer to provide such a high quality product. If you want to know why you should make the switch, here’s a good resource. But there are ways to save money while still enjoying the health qualities of grass fed meat. Less expensive cuts of meat are a great way to go. Sure they may not be as tender, but that’s where braising comes in. There’s always a way to cook a less than tender piece of meat into something delicious. Even tongue can be mouthwateringly good (try it the next time you’re in Mexico). I have yet to have the guts to try making tongue at home, so for now I’ll stick with shanks, brisket, round roast, et cetera. I will get up the nerve. I’m just working on it!
I paid 3.99/lb for this grass fed beef brisket roast. When the great cuts of meat (steaks) can cost 18.99/lb, this is quite the savings.
Braised BBQ Brisket
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp Smoked Spicy Paprika like La Chinata
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp fresh cracked pepper
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 lb brisket roast
Combine all of the ingredients together to make a paste. Spread the paste all over the meat. Allow the meat to soak in the flavors for 1 hour, but up to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place the roast in a large oven proof pot with a lid. Bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile make up the braising sauce. Add the braising sauce to the brisket. Reduce the heat to 325 F. Cook, covered for 2- 2 1/2 hours. Remove the cover and cook for another 30 minutes or until very tender.
- 1 onion, peel and roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can organic tomato paste
- 4 tomatoes
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tsp spice smoked paprika
- 2 tsp dijon
- 2 Tbsp Orange Brandy
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 2 cups water
Place all of the ingredients together in a food processor. Blend until mostly smooth. Add the water and stir until combined. Follow the instructions above for braising the brisket.
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