Beer and Black Pepper Holiday Brisket

"Secret to great brisket is cooking it slowly" by Elizabeth Karmel, AP. If possible, get a whole, untrimmed brisket. It is important to place the seasoned brisket on a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. This allows the air to circulate around the meat, much like it does in a grill or a smoker. This also allows it to roast and crisp up everywhere, melting the muscle and the fat and leaving flavor and tenderness in the meat. Recipe published in the Winston-Salem Journal: December 7, 2011.

Yield: 16 servings
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  • 1/2 cup(s) kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1 9- to 11- pound(s) whole beef brisket, untrimmed
  • 4 to 6 12-ounce bottle(s) of beer


  1. 1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Set a metal rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. 2. To prepare the rub, in a small bowl mix the salt, pepper and cayenne. Sprinkle the mixture over all sides of the brisket. All of the rub mixture may not be needed.
  3. 3. Pour 1 beer into a loaf pan and set on the oven’s bottom rack.
  4. 4. Place the brisket, fat side up, on the prepared rack. Roast on the oven’s center rack for 4 to 6 hours, adding an additional beer to the loaf pan every hour. Cook until the meat reaches 185 degrees at the center. Remove the brisket from the oven and let rest at least 20 minutes. (The brisket also can be made the day before, then reheated on the same rack and sheet pan system covered loosely with foil for a couple of hours at 250 degrees. Remember to let the meat rest again before slicing.)
  5. 5. Thinly slice to serve. Look at the grain of the meat and be sure to slice against it; be aware that the grain changes. If the slices look like a small honeycomb pattern, you are slicing it correctly. If it looks like long strings, it is incorrect.
December 2011

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