When it comes to classics in the world of cooking, not much comes to mind before brisket. Beef brisket is one of those dishes that never goes out of fashion, and due to its popularity as a holiday meal for the Jewish people, it has gained tons of popularity in the general public as well. But let me tell you, brisket is not just popular because of that. Properly cooked, it can be one of the most delicious meals you can come up with and there is little arguments against cooking yourself a nice chunk of beef brisket.
Briskets are cooked around the world. Hong Kong, Thailand, New Zeland, Italy and Britain all have their own unique ways of preparing and cooking the brisket and they all enjoy the dish in their own ways. Today I want to discuss some ways of preparing the brisket and make sure we know how to do it properly. We will learn how long to cook a brisket in the oven and how to prepare it for cooking. When it comes to brisket, one thing that needs to be said right off the bat is, you are not going to cook it in 2 hours. It is a dish that takes a very very long time to prepare and an approximate 1.5 hours per pound of brisket is the common cooking time of this dish.
How To Cook Brisket In Oven
It also takes a bit of preparation before you start cooking. You need to pre-heat your oven and remove any excess fat from the brisket before putting it in the pan. When it comes to rubbing the meat, you can use the likes of salt, onion powder, paprika, mustard and pepper to rub it for better taste. Once all is ready, cover your brisket up with a lid of foil and let it cook for 6-12 hours, depending on the size of the meat.
There is really no extra work around brisket, just let it cook for the prescribed amount of time. When your brisket seems just about done, open the oven and remove the lid. Leave it like that for about one more hour to get some crust on it. Once the crust is on and everything is ready to take it out of the oven and let it cool off for a bit. 30 to 60 minutes of cooling off is good before you start cutting. Bon appetite.
How To Cook Brisket In A Slow Cooker
Another classic way of preparing brisket is in the slow cooker. The well-known pot roast is something every American housewife has made at some point, and although it takes all day long to cook, it does not require that much attention and will turn out to be one of the most delicious meals you can have.
That said, it will indeed take a whole eternity to cook a brisket in a slow cooker. The tissue of the brisket is very rich in bonding tissue and fat layers are designed to keep the cow from dying. The muscles here support much of its weight and in general, this is one powerful piece of meat.
Now, let us have a look at how to actually prepare a brisket in a slow cooker. First thing to do, as with most meat dishes is prepare the seasoning. Seasoning your brisket with salt and pepper will be a usual start to the procedure, but what you add later will be mostly up to your taste. Some red onions will do the trick for many although I personally don’t like the taste they give the meat. Worchester and soy sauce are often poured into the slow cooker alongside a brisket.
Now, take your brisket and season it with salt and pepper and then put it in a skillet. Sear it until it is showing a golden crust and then put it in the cooker along with the other ingredients. The cooking process will take long. The meat should be cooked for about 6-8 hours along with other ingredients, and then it should be ready for serving. Slice it up and serve it, or refrigerate it and serve another day. Many people prefer to cook their brisket a day or two ahead and reheat tomorrow.
How To Cook A Brisket On A Grill
Now some people much prefer to prepare their briskets on a grill. People in Texas, for instance, will tell you, you dont cook meat, you grill it. And one can see their point as well, as grilling the meat can truly be the most delicious way of preparing it. So let’s have a look at how to grill it.
First, we need to season our meat. A mix of salt and pepper about an hour before you start grilling should do the trick just fine. Now you will need to prepare your grill and this can be the hardest part of it all as many people are just not that sure how it actually works. What is more, there are different types of grills out there.
Whatever grill you have, you will need to get the temperature up to about 225-250 degrees before you put your brisket on it. Once it is ready, you may insert you pre-seasoned meat. You will need to keep a steady temperature throughout the grilling process to make sure your brisket gets done properly. You should also rotate the brisket every 3 hours or more often if needed to prevent it from being better done on one side than the other. Usually, it will take about 12 hours for a brisket do be fully done. Enjoy.
How To Cook A Brisket In A Crock Pot
This is a question I got the other day and all that I need to say about this is that Crock Pot is just a brand of slow cookers, so just look at the above paragraph about cooking your brisket in a slow cooker and enjoy your meal.
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