Slow Cooked Beef Brisket in Barbecue Sauce

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket In Barbecue Sauce
Slow Cooked Beef Brisket In Barbecue Sauce
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Slow Cooked Beef Brisket In Barbecue Sauce

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August 8, 2016This brisket recipe is a total crowd-pleaser. Turning a tough cut of beef into a thing of beauty is something you will be celebrating for days to come.

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket in Barbecue Sauce 5.0 1
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 12 hrs
  • 30 mins

    12 hrs

    12 hrs 30 mins

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Yields: 2kg meat ~ 25 sliders

This brisket recipe has quickly become a go-to when we have a large crowd to please. The satisfaction of turning a tough and cheap cut of beef into a tasty, tender thing of beauty is something worth celebrating. The actual time required to prepare it is minimal and although there is a lot of waiting, you don't really need to do much other than think about how you plan to eat it when it is ready.

As much as I would love to have my own smoker, it just isn't going to happen anytime soon. Toasting the spices first and using smoked paprika is a great substitute and the liquid smoke and bourbon give the sauce a nice earthy warmth with a little kick. Liquid smoke can be hard to find, but it is good to have some in the cupboard - if you can't find it then just leave it out - you won't be disappointed.

You can't really do this in a day - good things take time, as they say. Thankfully, brisket reheats exceptionally well
and a day in the fridge only makes it taste better anyway. I like to have it ready a day or two before I need it and then just reheat it in the oven when my guests arrive. The smell adds to the anticipation and that way I am not stuck in the kitchen for long, which is always a good thing.

The sauce can be made at any stage that is convenient - you just need to wait for the meat to rest before you can complete the final step by adding the cooking juices and reduce it to the right consistency.

You can do so many things with the finished dish, but some sliders with a nice creamy coleslaw is a sure fire way to quickly dish up some big flavour for a crowd of hungry people.



2 1/2kg beef brisket, whole

2 tbsp coriander seeds

2 tbsp cumin seeds

2 tsp mustard seeds, yellow

2 tsp mustard seeds, black

1 tbsp black pepper corns

2 star anise

2 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

2 tsp sweet smoked paprika (dulce)

2 tsp hot smoked paprika (picante)

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp chilli flakes, dried

500ml beef stock (or chicken)

Barbecue Sauce

1 tsp butter

1 tsp olive oil

4 cloves garlic, finely diced

1/2 onion, medium, finely diced

200ml vinegar (cider, red wine or malt)

4 tbsp bourbon whisky

100ml cola drink (not diet version)

50g dark brown sugar

250ml ketchup (tomato sauce)

100ml sriracha sauce

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

1 remaining meat juices from cooking


Brisket - Day 1

In a small frying pan over a medium high heat, add all the whole spices and toast 2-3 minutes until fragrant and just starting to smoke and pop. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Grind the whole spices (including salt if it is not fine) into a fine powder with a coffee/spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Mix together the remaining spices.

Lay out some plastic wrap and open the brisket up like a book. Using a sharp knife, score the inside of the meat in a criss-cross pattern about 2.5cm/1 inch apart. Rub one third of the spice mixture on the inside and then fold back up. Rub the remaining spice mixture on the outside and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place on a tray in your fridge for 6 hours or overnight.

Brisket - Day 2

Preheat your oven on to 150°C.

Unwrap the brisket and place on a rack over an oven tray. Pour the stock into the tray and cover the meat, tray and rack tightly with aluminium foil. Place in the oven and cook for 6 hours, then remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 1 hour.

Remove the foil and using two forks, break the meat into strands, discarding any pieces of fat that are too large to eat. Reserve the cooking juices to use with the sauce below.

Barbecue Sauce

Add the oil and butter to a large saucepan over a medium heat. Once melted, add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, but not coloured (3-4 minutes)

Ensure you have skimmed most of the fat from the cooking juices and add along with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until thickened and glossy, 20-30 minutes. Blend with a stick blender until smooth (optional).

Mix the sauce and shredded meat together and stir gently to combine. You can eat it right away or store it in the fridge to reheat when the guests arrive.

If you are missing a couple of ingredients, you can leave them out or substitute something similar.

If you can't find sweet/hot paprika, use the best smoked one you can find and add a bit more cayenne or chilli flakes to make up for it.


1 Review


August 10, 2016

Outstanding recipe. This is definitely a go-to recipe when catering for small medium or large groups. Best brisket recipe I’ve come across.

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Ben Macdonald

When Ben isn’t devouring food, he is thinking what to cook next. After spending his adult life eating his way around the world he ended up channelling his culinary creativity as a finalist in Masterchef Australia – famously impressing Heston Blumenthal with a campfire from steak and potatoes - before being eliminated the very next episode.
Following some time in several top restaurants he is now focussed on sharing his love of home cooking and making each meal better than the last.