I have been so good this January!
I’ve been drinking green smoothies, upped my daily veggie count, allowing one day for vegetarian only meals and exercising.
But sometimes you just need a big hunk of meat!
I’m about to share with you my most requested recipe.
I make it every time we have a crowd of people over. You can make it ahead of time and heat it up for a party. I keep it warm in a crock pot and served it with little buns for sliders. You can serve it with mashed potatoes or buttered noodles as an entree. Perfect meal to take over as a “get well” meal and still have enough for dinner…and lunch the next day.
And easy, just allow a half day for slow and low cooking in the oven.
I start with a 4 to 5 lb. cut of beef brisket. I trim most of the visible fat off the meat but allow a little for flavor.
I season the meat with salt and pepper. This time I used one of my favorite rubs – Butt Rub! You can use Montreal Seasoning or any of your favorite beef rubs.
Braise the meat in olive oil until both sides are brown. Remove meat and place in a dutch oven or roaster.
While the beef is braising, slice a whole onion into rings. After you remove the beef, throw the onions and a handful of baby carrots into the hot pan. Season with more cracked pepper and saute in the juices of the beef.
Right before removing from the pan, throw in 1/2 cup red wine to soak up the dripping. Toss veggies over the meat in the pan.
The secret’s in the sauce!
Mix a can of whole cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 bottle of beer (any kind will do!) and 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce. The beer will break down the toughness of the meat and make it fork tender.
Pour everything on top, cover and put in a 325 degree oven for 3 to 5 hours.
You can test when it’s ready when you can shred it with a fork.
Once removed from the oven, I like to let every thing cool until the fat hardens and remove it with a spoon.
Remove the meat and shred with a fork.
After the meat is removed, I take the remaining gravy and puree it in a food processor.
Pour the gravy over the meat.
Make this for your next party – Super Bowl Sunday food – hint, hint!
Everyone will be asking you for the recipe…
Tell them I sent you….