How to cook a 1.5 lb beef brisket in an oven

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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.

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

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

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.

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

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.