Brisket is one of the choice or prime cuts of both beef and veal. It is cut from the breast or lower chest of beef cattle or young male calves for veal. It is popularly cooked over indirect heat from wood or charcoal, over a long period of time to break down the tough connective tissues found in it. Properly cooked Smoked Brisket is a delicacy that every human being should experience at least once in their lifetime. A mere description of the experience falls short by far and does not do it justice at all.
So, what do you need to know about smoked brisket?
Smoked brisketshould be cooked under low heat for a long time
Briskets are cut from the lower chest/breast of young bull calves and mature beef cattle. As cows lack coral bones, their lower chests are made up of tough connective tissues which support up to 60% of the weight of the animal. To break down these tough connective tissues, the meat needs to be cooked in low heat over a long period of time. This also helps the smoke permeate the meat thus vastly improving its taste and flavor. So, whether you are doing the cooking yourself or buying your smoked brisket ready from professional caterers, you now know what to look for. If tough connective tissue is still clearly present in your brisket, then its cooking was not properly executed.
Needs to be seasoned for at least one hour prior to cooking
Unlike conventional barbeque grilling and frying meat where spicing and seasoning can be done during the cooking process, smoked brisket needs to be seasoned before cooking. This is important as the brisket is wrapped wholly in thick aluminium foil during the cooking process, to ensure that cooking is done over low heat as opposed to cooking the same over hot coals. The aluminium foil serves the purpose of keeping the heat within the meat to ensure its’ properly cooked, and holding spices rubbed on the meat during seasoning on the meat, thus allowing the flavours to permeate the brisket and enhance its’ taste. The most important ingredient during the seasoning should be salt which should be applied over the meat so as to adequately flavor the brisket’s juices.
The choice of wood chips affects the flavour
Wood chips are very important in the preparation of smoked brisket. The smoke used during the cooking process is generated from wood chips soaked in water. The choice of wood chips used thus impacts greatly on the final flavour attained from the smoke. The most common wood chips used include mesquite, hickory and apple tree wood chips.
There, you have it! Next time you crave for some delicious smoked brisket, you now know what factors to consider. The best part is that you can serve it as your main course during a get together with people close to you, and you will be sure that they will remember it for a long time to come. Grab yourself a smoked brisket this weekend!