bar-b-que beef brisket

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Suzanne Larsen
Ankeny, IA

This has long been a favorite at my house. It's good sliced or, if it's very tender, you can shred it and put it in sandwiches. Note there is a 24 hour time period in which the brisket has to marinate and it takes five hours to bake.

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Thanks to cooking this low and slow, the meat was so tender it shredded in a snap. Before I even tasted a bite, I knew it was going to be good from the aroma coming from my oven. This BBQ sauce is amazing too. It may become a staple in my fridge. All the flavors work so well together in this dish. Great for a cookout, tailgating... so many options.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 8-10
cook time 5 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For bar-b-que beef brisket

  • 3 lb
    beef brisket
  • 1/2 bottle
    liquid smoke
  • 1/2 c
    vinegar, white
  • water to cover the brisket
  • onion seed
  • celery seed
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 3/4 c
    chili sauce
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 3/4 c
    wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    steak sauce
  • 1/4 c
    mustard, yellow
  • 1 Tbsp
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 dash
    garlic salt
  • 1 dash
    Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp
    celery seed
  • black pepper

How To Make bar-b-que beef brisket

  • 1
    MARINATE THE BEEF BRISKET: In a pan large enough to hold the entire brisket, add the liquid smoke, vinegar, onion, and celery seed. Mix well.
  • 2
    Place the brisket in the pan and cover with enough water to cover HALF the brisket.
  • 3
    Cover the pan with aluminum foil, stick it in the refrigerator, and keep it there for 24 hours.
  • 4
    The next day, preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  • 5
    Remove the brisket from the refrigerator, and drain the liquid.
  • 6
    Place a baking rack inside a dish large enough to hold the brisket and bake for FIVE hours.
  • 7
    Remove the brisket from the oven and trim off the excess fat.
  • 8
    MAKE THE BBQ SAUCE: Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan.
  • 9
    Turn on the stovetop to medium heat and cook the sauce for 30 minutes.
  • 10
    FINIISHING THE BRISKET: Slice the beef brisket into thin slices and cover it with the BBQ sauce.
  • 11
    If the brisket is very tender, shred the meat instead of slicing it and use it for sandwiches. Top off your sandwich with coleslaw, dill pickles, onion rings, or potato chips... or add them all!

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