Hosting or entertaining this weekend? This beer-braised brisket will have people singing your praises for years to come.
The Brisket Point and Flat are coveted pieces of meat, since there are only two full Brisket sections (each section containing the point and flat). They are the cuts from the breast section on both sides near the tender rib meat. A beautiful outer ‘fat cap’ surrounds the meat, making it ideal for barbecuing. The Brisket is two parts: the Point and the Flat. The Flat is the portion attached around the rib cage, whereas the Point sits off the end and ‘over ‘it, making up the surface nearest to the sternum area by the forefront legs. The Flat cut is rectangular in shape, with a distinct layer of meat and fat running across the entire cut making it very consistent and easy to work with. The Point (sometimes referred as “Deckle”) has a similar shape, though its sides curve to a point to one end.
The Brisket is used most commonly for smoking and barbecuing. When cooking, the goal is for the spice rub to caramelize with the meat’s glistening maillard process, and for the fat to aid the brisket to cook through while keeping it moist, tender, and very juicy. To achieve a fork tender consistency, marinade the meat, season with a wet or dry rub, or simply smoke and cook it naked with a bit more control in heat distribution. Popular recipes for the Brisket include making it into a Pastrami, Texas Burnt Ends, and Corned Beef.
Corned Beef is best when slow-cooked, and is traditionally boiled to help tenderize the meat and draw out some of the excess salt used in the brining. Complete this classic St. Patrick's day meal with cabbage, carrots and potatoes flavored with the peppercorn spices of the beef.