How to cook a 1.5 lb beef brisket in an oven

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How to cook a 1.5 lb beef brisket in an oven
For serious barbecuers, a small brisket is 1.81kg. One pound is minuscule. (beef fillet image by Jeffrey Zalesny from Fotolia.com)

Brisket is a cut of beef that lends itself to long, slow cooking at low temperatures. Brisket recipes come in two styles: slow-smoked Texas-style and long braise. A 1 227gr. brisket is too small to smoke -- the brisket might dry out before it has time to tenderise. The best bet for a very small brisket -- a full brisket for Texas barbecue might weigh 6.8kg. -- is to braise it.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 6.8kg. brisket
  • Spice rub
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Neutral oil, such as canola
  • Large white onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced or two tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 qt. beef broth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to about 300 degrees. Trim whatever fat is on the exterior of the brisket.

  2. 2

    Season the brisket. Dust the brisket with the spices. Let it sit refrigerated for an hour or so.

  3. 3

    Sear the brisket on all sides in a hot, cast iron skillet coated with oil. Do this quickly. You don't want heat to penetrate deep into the meat, but a good sear will prevent juice from escaping as the brisket roasts in the oven. Remove from heat.

  4. 4

    Pour half of the beef stock into the skillet. Add onions and garlic. Cover with foil.

  5. 5

    Put the brisket in the oven and lower heat to 250. Roast 45 minutes to one hour, then check every 20 minutes until the brisket is fork-tender. Add stock if it has evaporated significantly. Let the brisket rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing. Slice across the grain.

Tips and warnings

  • There are plenty of commercially available brisket rubs. A mixture of salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder goes well with brisket, as does a Chinese five spice mixture.

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