I'll admit, I was doubtful. I expected to end up with something dry and missing that good brisket flavor that I was used to. I even bought a smaller cut than I normally would because it seemed risky to, well, risk, a good brisket. But I really should know better than to question the masters of beef because I know them well enough at this point. We've worked together for a number of years and they are the reason I went from cooking a good steak to cooking a great steak.
When I tried the recipe, I temporarily put away my doubts and followed their instructions about seasoning, wrapping tightly and letting it sit in the fridge overnight. I dutifully took it out the next morning, put it on a sheet pan to catch any drips and placed it in a too-low oven. It was too easy. This couldn't be. But, I closed the oven door and walked away.
Thanks to a lesson the New York Beef Council taught me long ago, I didn't rely on any guesswork. I had my thermometer at the ready and pulled the brisket when the temperature reached 190. I peaked to see if it needed any extra unwrapped browning time but it was a beautiful shade of brown. So I left it wrapped to sit and do it's carry-over cooking and, finally, cooling.
I approached it with a sharp knife, half expecting to have to saw through it. Pfft. It practically falls apart when you look at it. And the flavor is amazing! Not only that but it is seasoned through and through, unlike the wet version which sometimes needs a little more salt in the middle.
I'm lucky there was enough left for photos based on the way I attacked it. I deeply regret not buying a brisket twice as big. And, apologies to any friends and family expecting my normal brisket recipe this holiday season because it ain't happening. You're getting this. And you're going to thank me.
Since I didn't end up with my usual vat of gravy (although I certainly could make a pan gravy), I skipped the mashed potatoes and made autumn veggie fritters instead. The natural sweetness of the corn and butternut squash in the fritters went so well with the smoky flavor of the brisket. Enjoy!
This recipe is sponsored by the New York Beef Council. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.
Oven Smoked Brisket with Vegetable Fritters
- 3 lb. Brisket
- 1/4 Cup mustard
- 1/4 Cup liquid smoke
- 2 Teaspoons coarse sea salt
- 1 Teaspoon chili powder
- 1 Teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
- * Double the seasoning ingredients for a 6 lb. brisket
- 2 Cups shredded potatoes
- 2 Cups shredded butternut squash
- 1 Cup corn kernels
- 1/2 Cup shredded cheese (smoked Gouda or Gruyere)
- 1/4 Cup chopped parsley
- 1 Large egg
- 1/3 Cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper
- Canola oil for frying
- In a small bowl, combine the mustard and liquid smoke. Pat the brisket dry with paper towels and brush on all sides with the mustard mixture.
- In a separate bowl, combine the sea salt, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder and ground black pepper. Coat the brisket on all sides with the seasoning mixture, wrap in aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees, place the wrapped brisket on a sheet tray to catch any drips and cook in the oven for approximately 4 to 5 hours, until a thermometer reads between 180 and 190 degrees. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes.
- To make the fritters, combine the shredded potatoes, butternut squash, cheese, parsley, egg, flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Heat canola oil in a large skillet or cast iron pan and scoop about a 1/2 cup's worth of the mixture into the pan for each pancake. Fry on medium heat for about 5 minutes, flip and continue frying for an additional 5 minutes or until the edges are crispy.