"Husband and Wife" BBQ Brisket

Total Time:
6 hr
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
4 hr 30 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 (4 to 6-pound) brisket of beef, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped very large
  • 3 carrots, halved
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 5-inch slices
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 quart hot vegetable broth or water
  • Huckleberry BBQ Sauce, recipe follows
Directions
Husband:
  • Trim the heavy outside layer of fat on the brisket, leaving about a 1/4-inch of fat on the meat. Rub with garlic, pepper, and salt. Drizzle the brisket with the olive oil and rub into the meat.

  • Place the brisket over hot coals of charcoal or wood fire and sear well on both sides. Fat side up will flame up quickly and must be well tended.

  • To smoke the brisket, make a cold side and a hot side in the barbecue. Move all the coals to the right side, and put the brisket on the left side. Next, place some wood chips on a tin pan over the coals, and shut the barbecue lid.

  • The coals need to be very close to the pan so the wood chips just begin to smolder. If they catch fire sprinkle them with water.

  • After about 1 hour the wood will stop smoking and the brisket is ready to give to the "Wife."

  • Wife:

  • Make a bed of the onions, carrots, and celery in a roasting pan or electric roaster, saving a small amount to put on top.

  • Place the brisket with fat side up on the bed of vegetables, and arrange the bay leaves on and around the brisket. Top the meat with the remaining vegetables.

  • Pour enough stock or water in the pan to cover the bottom 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Cover and roast for 4 1/2 hours in a 350 degree F conventional oven, or for 4 hours at 350 degrees F in an electric roaster.

  • Remove from the oven, cover, and let it sit for a good hour before slicing. Serve with warm Huckleberry BBQ Sauce.

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce:
  • In a medium saucepan bring the tomatoes, tomato paste, cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients to the saucepan and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. Allow the sauce to cool.

  • Puree the sauce in a blender until smooth. The sauce should be loose with some chunkiness. Serve warm.

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

  • Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Home Cook Recipe: A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchen have not tested this recipe and therefore cannot make representation as to the results.


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