Texas BBQ Beef Brisket

BBQ Brisket made easy! Whether braised, slow-cooked, or smoked, this recipe is sure to please your guests.

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Texas BBQ Beef Brisket

Ingredients

Brisket

  • 1 beef Brisket Flat Half (about 3 pounds)
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup dry red wine

Rub

  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder

Instructions

Combine rub ingredients in small bowl; press evenly onto beef Brisket Flat Half. Place brisket, fat side up, in stockpot. Combine barbecue sauce and wine in small bowl. Pour around brisket; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2¾ to 3¼ hours or until brisket is fork-tender. Remove brisket; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Bring cooking liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup sauce, stirring occasionally. Trim fat from brisket, as desired. Carve diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Serve with sauce.

Cook’s Tip: You may substitute Brisket Point Half for Brisket Flat Half with no change to cook time. Brisket Point Half is not considered a lean cut.

Alternate Cooking Method
This recipe can be made in a 6-quart electric pressure cooker. Blend rub ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Press onto all sides of beef Brisket Flat Half. Place brisket in pressure cooker, fat side up; add wine. Close and lock pressure cooker lid. Use beef, stew or high-pressure setting on pressure cooker; program 70 minutes on pressure cooker timer. Use quick-release feature to release pressure; carefully remove lid. Warm barbecue sauce in small sauce pan on stovetop, add ¼ cup cooking liquid to sauce; stir to combine. Continue as directed in step 4. (This recipe variation was tested in an electric pressure cooker at high altitude. Cooking at an altitude of less than 3000 feet may require slightly less cooking time. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.) To cook in a slow cooker, combine rub ingredients in small bowl; press evenly onto beef brisket. Place brisket, fat side up, in 4½ to 5½ quart slow cooker. Combine barbecue sauce and wine in small bowl. Pour around brisket; Cook on HIGH 4 to 6 hours or LOW 8 to 10 hours, or until brisket is fork-tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.) Remove brisket; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Bring cooking liquid to a boil in a sauce pan. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup sauce, stirring occasionally.

Recipe from Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.

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