Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef.
All brisket, no matter which cut you choose, is a tough cut of meat that needs to be cooked low and slow: think oven, slow cooker or indirect heat on a grill.
Min order weight 1kg
What you need:
- 1.kg brisket, rolled
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for drizzling
- 2 large onions, sliced.
- 4 tbsp plain flour
- 500-550ml golden ale
- 1 tbsp yeast or beef extract
- 1 tbsp dark brown soft sugar, plus extra to taste
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, plus extra to taste
- 1⁄2 bunch of thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 500ml hot beef stock
- 2 tsp cornflour (optional)
Season the brisket all over with salt and pepper. Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan (or use the sear function on your slow cooker) and sear the meat all over until browned. Transfer to a plate. Add another drizzle of oil, if needed, and fry the onions with a pinch of salt until lightly golden, about 12 mins. Sprinkle over flour, stir until well-mixed, then pour in the ale and scrape the bottom of the pan to pick up any browned bits. Tip everything into the slow cooker (if using a frying pan).
Add the sugar, and vinegar, then the beef and herbs. Top up with stock until the brisket is just over half submerged. Cover and cook for 7-8 hrs on low until tender. Remove the meat from the slow cooker and cover to keep warm. Use the reduce or simmer function on your slow cooker and simmer for 10-15 mins until the gravy has thickened to your liking. If your
slow cooker doesn’t have a simmer function, pour the gravy into a pan and simmer on the hob until thickened. Add a pinch more salt, sugar, or a dash more vinegar if needed. If you like your gravy to be extra-thick, mix the cornflour with a splash of cold water, then add to the pan and bubble for a few minutes.