Monday, May 9, 2011

Oven-Barbecued Beef Brisket

Sorry...but I have to lead with this..sweetest thing ever?

We went to the lake this weekend. My parents have a wonderful lakehouse at Cedar Creek lake in Texas, it really is like going to the ocean, an hour and a half from Dallas, bliss. Bunker and I went with the puppies and it was very relaxing a quiet. Luckily, we hit an empty weekend with very few neighbors down for the weekend. Indeed, I usually like company, but not this weekend, I just wanted to be quiet, sleep, cuddle with the puppies, walk, and try out new recipes. And goodness...did I ever cook some yummy new food! It was great!

Cooking is one of the most relaxing things I can imagine...if you have the time. If you are rushed, cooking can be very stressful and come to the brink of upsetting. But, if you have no schedule and you can listen to great music, sip a glass of delicious wine, take a moment to enjoy those with you and the sunset, then, anyone can really enjoy cooking.

Since we were at the lake, we decided to make something that we would not make in Dallas, an all day roasted Beef Brisket. Now, if you are a barbecue purist, please, do not read further, as I know this will upset you! This delicious and tender brisket was roasted all oven!  It turned out just perfectly, falling apart when you touched it, no need for cutting. I got the recipe from the Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book that I received from the hostesses of a recipe shower I had for my wedding, thrown by some of my mom's best friends, so sweet. I have only made a few recipes from this encyclopedic book, but each one has been not only reliable, but also rather tasty.

The puppies love the lake by the way...

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4 Pound Beef Brisket
3/4 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Chopped Onion
4 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
3 Tablespoons of White Wine Vinegar or Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon Instant Beef Bouillon Granules
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Red Pepper Flakes
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 1/2 cups of Barbecue Sauce

1. Trim the from the meat. You can also have you butcher do this, mom told me this tonight! Have your butcher trim the fat....this was quite a task!

2. Place meat in a large baking dish.
3. In a small bowl, stir together the 3/4 cup of water, 1/2 cup of onion, 4 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 3 Tablespoons of vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of bouillon granules, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and 2 cloves of garlic.

4. Pour the mixture over the meat in the baking dish.

5. Cover with foil and bake in a 250 degree oven for 6 to 7 hours. Turn the meat over once.

6. Remove the meat from the oven and pour the barbecue sauce over the top and return to the oven for about 15 minutes without the foil. I love Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce. It has just the right amount of sweetness, tang and heat.

7. Break up the meat with a fork, really, a fork is all you will need to break it apart for serving.

8. Enjoy atop soft bread! I made my own buns...look forward for the recipe in the next few days!


  1. love the pictures with bunker and the dogs! the balcony looks nice! glad you all had a nice lake weekend with your yuumy food!

  2. A yummy delicious recipe.I should definitely try this.
    Beef brisket recipes