Brisket is a notoriously tough piece of meat. It takes the best pitmasters up to 18 hours of low-temperature smoking to wrestle the beef into a state of acceptable tenderness. But through the miracle of the slow cooker, where moisture and heat combine to turn even the toughest cuts into spoon-tender masterpieces, this braised brisket can be worked into a state of soul-soothing deliciousness with only about 15 minutes of prep work.
380 calories, 25 g fat (8 g saturated), 350 mg sodium
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 lb brisket (preferably with a thin fat cap still attached)
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 bottle (12 oz) dark beer
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 large yellow onions, quartered
1 bunch carrots, peeled
8 cloves garlic, peeled
2 bay leaves
1⁄4 cup 2% Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
How to Make It
- Heat the olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet or sauté pan.
- Season the brisket all over with salt and black pepper.
- Sear in the pan for about 7 minutes, until all sides are nicely browned.
- Place in a slow cooker.
- Add the beer to the pan and scrape up any browned bits. Pour over the brisket.
- Add the stock, tomato paste, onions, carrots, garlic, and bay leaves to the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for up to 8 hours), until the brisket is very tender.
- Combine the yogurt, parsley, and horseradish in a mixing bowl.
- Remove the brisket from the cooker and slice into thin pieces. Discard the bay leaves.
- Serve the brisket in a shallow, wide bowl with the onions, carrots, and a bit of broth poured over the top.
- Garnish each serving with a scoop of the horseradish cream.
Eat This Tip
Three ways to turn extra brisket into a next-day bounty:
- Brisket French Dip: Slice the brisket thinly, top with caramelized onions and Swiss. Serve with a warm cup of the braising liquid.
- Corned Beef Hash: Cook diced potatoes and onions in a pan until soft, then stir in shredded brisket, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, and some of the leftover braising liquid.
- Brisket Nachos: Shred the meat, then use it to top tortilla chips along with pepper-Jack cheese, pinto beans, sliced jalapeños, and salsa verde.
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