How to Boil Beef Brisket

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How to Boil Beef Brisket
Boiling brisket with a variety of vegetables adds a multifaceted flavour. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Often called the most difficult cut of meat to deal with due to its toughness and often challenging temperament when placing it under dry heats, beef brisket is also one of the most flavourful parts of beef. By boiling beef brisket, moisture is retained in what has commonly been called a 'chef's cut' due to its taste. Though the meat can be temperamental, by simmering it anyone can make a perfect beef brisket in with only patience, a pot and a few ingredients.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Large pot
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

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  1. 1

    Place the large pot in the stove at medium-high heat and pour in the olive oil.

  2. 2

    Sear the brisket on all sides for 2 minutes each, until browned and crusted. The searing process helps lock in the meat's flavour.

  3. 3

    Add enough water to cover the brisket and the rest of the ingredients.

  4. 4

    Simmer the beef for 2 to 3 hours.

  5. 5

    Remove the pot and take out the beef. Serve it as you wish. Retain the stock for soup or stews.

Tips and warnings

  • Always cut brisket across the grain to make it easier to eat.
  • A variety of other herbs and spices can be added to spice up the dish. Chilli powder, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and cayenne pepper can be added to create a Mexican-themed brisket, while boiling the brisket in diced tomatoes, red wine, and rosemary creates a flavourful Italian-themed dish.
  • Use corned beef as opposed to plain beef brisket to add more flavour to the dish.

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