As we approach the cold months of winter there is no better comfort food on the menu than a slow-cooked beef brisket, and even for the amateur chefs amongst us this specific recipe is one of the easiest to do. Once you have finished you will also have a mouth-watering meal that even Gordon Ramsay would be proud of, so we are about to take you through the best way to cook yourself the perfect brisket to impress your dinner guests, family, or partners.
First of all you will need to have a slow cooker handy and if you don’t have one of these then I suggest you invest in one, not just for this recipe but for many others that you can do in a slow cooker. Besides, these days slow cookers are relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things.
The very first steps in creating this mouth-watering dish is getting your ingredients together. So start rooting through your cupboards now and look for the following:
Once you have these all together on your kitchen side you need to start preparing your work station, and then get a deep sauté pan on the heat. Place the heat to about a medium level and add a tablespoon of olive oil to it.
Add the onions to the pan after a few minutes of letting the oil heat up, but keep stirring the onions around until you see them caramelise. It usually takes about 20 minutes on a medium heat for onion to adopt this stage of the process.
Once done take the brisket and just pat it dry of any excess moisture on the outside of it, this will help the seasoning stick to it. Add the salt and pepper and rub it all over the brisket covering every angle of it. We aren’t going to add it to the slow cooker just yet, we want to make the crust golden brown on the outside of the meat so grab another sauté pan and set that on a medium-to-high heat and just sear the brisket until you see that golden brown colour.
Now its time to add that into the slow-cooker, so place it inside of the cooker and then add those 6 chopped up garlic cloves to the cooker as well. The onions are now ready to also join the brisket so just pour the over the top of the brisket, then begin adding the other ingredients (the sauces, and the broth).
That is literally all the hard part done now, the rest of the cooking process is left with the slow cooker, so what you will need to do now is set the heat setting on the slow cooker to low, or its lowest setting if its numbered. Let the brisket cook for around 7 hours by which time it will be tender, turn the heat off and just let it sit for 20 minutes so that the juices all redistribute around the meat making it tender to eat and moist.
The great thing about a slow-cooker is that you can also leave it on a warm setting which is ideal if you want to cook up some potatoes and veg to add to the dish before you take the brisket out and serve it up.
As the brisket is whole you will need to either slice it up or shred it, whichever method is going to work best for you. As the brisket is tender it will be much easier to cut, you can then add these slices to individual plates and then pour across the juices and the onions as a garnishing to the beef brisket.
You can also easily reheat this kind of meat up without the worry of getting ill, to do this you just need to preheat the oven to 300F and then put the brisket along with juices into a baking dish that has a lid. Keep this in the oven for about an hour and you will have brisket that is ready to serve up again. This method is usually ideal if you have a large brisket that cannot be eaten in one-sitting, you just need to make sure that the left over brisket is stored in the refrigerator before you reheat it so that the meat doesn’t start to turn off.
There you go folks! Your perfect beef brisket!