Beef Brisket

Total Time:
5 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
5 hr

Yield:
about 8 main-course servings

Ingredients
  • Matzo meal for dredging
  • One 7-pound piece beef brisket
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large Spanish onion, sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
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Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

  • Spread the matzo meal on a large piece of parchment paper or baking sheet. Dredge the brisket in the matzo meal and season generously with salt and pepper. Preheat a very large skillet over high heat. Add the oil and heat until very hot. Add the brisket and cook, turning once, until well-browned, about 7 minutes the first side, and 5 minutes the second side.

  • Coat the inside of a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid with the butter. Arrange the onions in an even layer on the bottom of the pot.

  • Lay the brisket on the onions. Pour in the water, and sprinkle the pickling spice around the brisket. Brush the mustard on the top of the meat. Bring to a boil on the top of the stove, transfer pan to the oven, and cook, covered, basting often, for 2 hours. Turn the brisket over and cook, covered, basting often, for another hour and 15 minutes. Turn the brisket over again and cook uncovered, basting often, until well-browned and very tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes more.

  • Transfer the brisket a cutting board and cover with foil to keep warm. Remove the fat from the cooking liquid with a spoon, ladle, or de-greaser. Transfer the cooking liquid to a medium saucepan.

  • Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the brisket and transfer to a large serving platter. Reheat the cooking liquid and pour it over the sliced brisket. Serve immediately.

  • Cook's Note: Don't be surprised if the brisket shrinks considerably during cooking.


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