Monday, May 24, 2010


Made brisket this weekend, ha, bet you all thought it was chicken again! Brisket is our other go to dish and I usually make Kay Hartman's Aunt Irene's brisket from an old show, Calling All Cooks, on the Food Network. but this time I made Grandma Selma's brisket from Food and Wine Online. Who are these people? They are definitely not my relatives, I have no clue, but we love their briskets! I adapt most brisket recipes to braising at 300 degrees F for about 4 hours, it's the only way I manage to get a tender brisket, a hotter oven and I end up with a really tough piece of meat. Go with whatever works for you, for some reason, I don't do well with long, involved recipes!

I may have put a little too much cinnamon in, maybe cocoa, it definitely tasted really good, the cayenne gave it a really good kick, but the smell of the cinnamon with the brisket kind of threw me off a little. At least the other day while it was cooking. Brisket always taste better the second day, so we waited for tonight to have it. Would definitely, most definitely make this recipe again, we really liked it. It was a thick, deep, rich sauce, the meat came out really tender with a lot of great flavor but it wouldn't replace Aunt Irene's brisket. That one is tops! If you want my honest opinion. Selma's comes in a very close second! you know, a brisket recipe brings up almost as many opinions and recipes as chicken soup and matzoh balls!

Grandma Selma's Brisket
Source: original recipe from Food and Wine, recipe by Russ Pillar

I adapted the braising part to fit my lazy style of cooking!
Printable Recipe

1/3 cup light brown sugar (I used a little less!)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
One 5-pound beef brisket, trimmed
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 large onions, sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 pounds carrots, cut diagonally 1/8 inch thick
2 cups Coca-Cola
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup ketchup

Preheat the oven to 300°.

Put the brisket, fat side down, in a large, heavy baking casserole. Add the onions and carrots.

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients. Then pour the sauce over the vegetables and brisket, cover tightly with foil and braise for about 3 hours.

Transfer the brisket to a cutting board, slice the meat across the grain 1/4 inch thick, return to the casserole and spoon the sauce over the meat and cook uncovered for 1 hour, or until the meat is fork-tender. Transfer the meat to a platter, spoon the onions, carrots and sauce over and serve.


  1. Looks like a great meal! Yum!

  2. I love brisket. I usually make a simple one. BBQ rub, overnight. Into a low oven 225, all day. Tender and yummy. I sauce it after we take it out. This recipe looks delicious. I love the flavors.

  3. I think I'll wait to see if you make this again before I try it! I'm a little bit scared of cocoa and cinnamon myself. I don't see any mention that Miss Picky ate it.

  4. Yum! The brisket looks delicious. I have never made a brisket and I don'y know why, I love it.

    Thanks for sharing this one. I suddenly feel inspired.

  5. I adore the brisket! Yours looks so tempting and mouthwatering.

  6. How interesting with the cocoa powder! I want to try this. I got the idea of cooking with soda from my mother. She told me it was sort of a meat tenderizer.


  7. Some odd combinations in this recipe - glad it worked out well for you. Very rarely make brisket - but love to eat it!

  8. Oh yes. so many opinions about brisket, LOL,,I remember one in particular! :)
    Looks delicious, Carol!

  9. This looks delicious! I haven't made a brisket in ages and must try this. I'm sure cocoa powder adds to it greatly for coloring and flavor as I add it to many Mexican dishes. But the Coco-Cola, that's a little unusual! Bookmarked!

  10. the ingredients remind me of my friend's stew but using brisket makes it even more special..thanks for sharing

  11. This looks like a great comfort meal. It has turned cold at my house...this really appeals to me! Looks delicious!! Yum.

  12. Boy, that sounds good. The cocoa made the recipe really interesting to me. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  13. I can't imagine the cocoa and cinnamon flavors but knowing how good your other recipe is I am going to try this one too :)

    Sorry I was this far behind on commenting!


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