Tips and Tricks to Prepare the Best Brisket
Quality Comes First
Quality of meat is the number one most important thing when it comes to getting a great brisket. OpenRangeMarket.com offers quality brisket direct from local ranchers. And, with prices that are WAY better than grocery stores, you can't go wrong by supporting local businesses and getting to know something about where your brisket is coming from.
Let's Talk Seasonings
Using simple, high-quality seasonings is a great way to get the best brisket. Avoid flavors that vie for attention, and instead, stick to one "category" of seasoning--whether it's sweet (brown sugar-based) or spicy (chili powder-based), or savory (cumin-based).
Check out these Top 7 BBQ Brisket Rub Recipes if you want to try your hand at homemade seasoning!
Skip the Liquid Smoke
Real wood chips are your best bet for high-quality smoke. Think about how much better things taste when you use real ingredients—the same goes for the smoke influencing your meat!
Even with smoking preparations, your brisket might need some extra moisture added. Instead of opening your smoker frequently, start out with a lot of moisture in your smoker or pit. Adding drippings to the smoker can accomplish this without requiring a lot of hands-on checking.
Meat Needs Rest, Too!
As with all cooked meats, the juices need time to be reabsorbed into the meat. For a cut as large as brisket, the rest time might be up to a couple of hours. Just keep it at a safe, consistent temperature while it's off the heat.
Our favorite Brisket Recipes
INSTANT-POT KOREAN CHILE-BRAISED BRISKET via Epicurious
This recipe uses Gochujang, a very slightly sweet and powerfully spicy Korean chile paste, to flavor a tender beef brisket.
TEXAS-STYLE SMOKED BRISKET via Epicurious
With a few key ingredients— salt, pepper, patience--...great results are in your future!
B-Side Brown Sugar Smoked Brisket via Sunset
"A charcoal grill will give you the smokiest flavor. Throughout the grilling time, your goal should be to produce lots of smoke."
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