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How Can I Tenderize Beef Brisket?

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This is a guide about how can I tenderize beef brisket? Low temperature and wrapping your brisket for slow cooking, can help make it moist and tender.


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April 20, 2005

I was trying to buy a flank steak, but accidently bought a beef brisket. My husband says they are very tough and marinating won't help.

I'm not fond of chemicals,Is there a way to tenderize this without buying equipment?

I would LOVE a melt-in-your-mouth recipe to make my husband proud!

Thank you,


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April 21, 20050 found this helpful
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After years of experimenting with brisket, I finally begged a friend to share her brisket cooking secrets. No secret ingredients, in fact no ingredients at all. Put the brisket in a pan, seal up the top tight with foil. At bedtime, put the oven in 260 degree oven. In the morning, turn the oven off and let the brisket just sit in there another 2 hours. Tender and scrumptious everytime.

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April 22, 20090 found this helpful
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No tenderizer needed, it's all in the cooking. I do mine in a shallow roasting pan / cake pan, one with about 2" walls .. coat the brisket with your favorite spices, I love to cover the meat itself with slices of Spanish onion, then wrap the thing tightly with aluminum foil. You want as little moisture to escape as you can. Cook at around 250 degrees, for 4 or 5 hours. It will be so tender it will fall apart as you slice it, and tastes fantastic. The juices in the bottom of your pan make great gravy, and there is very little fat.

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April 30, 20050 found this helpful

This is my favorite beef brisket recipe....."Smoked Beef Brisket". One 3 to 4# Beef Brisket, 1/4 cup liquid smoke, 1/2 teaspoon each of celery salt, garlic salt & onion powder. Sprinkle brisket with liquid smoke & seasonings, wrap meat tightly with heavy duty foil, at this point you can either put it in the fridge overnite to marinate or just place in slow cooker, cover & cook on low 8 to 12 hours, or on high 4 to 6 hours. Serve warm with juices. I always end up plenty of juice with this recipe. Enjoy!!!

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May 8, 20050 found this helpful


Here is what I use to tenerize my briskets. I take a can of beer and one bottle of BBQ sauce and put it over my brisket which is in the pan fat side up. Once those items are on the brisket, I then cover the brisket with foil and put it in a 300 degree oven for 7-8 hours or until you are ready to fix dinner. After several hours you have the smell of the brisket in the house and the brisket just comes off the fork very tender and you are not needing a knife at all. My husband just loves my brisket and we start having it several times a year.

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August 27, 20050 found this helpful

Most peolpe slice a brisket wrong to begin with.Be sure to slice it against the grain.If you have a packer trimmed or market trimmed you generally get two different muscle groups of which you will have the grain running two different ways.A brisket flat mostly runs one way.Ask your butcher to show you how the grain runs if you cant figure it out.The next best advice is cheap cuts of meat like brisket need slow moist cooking.You can throw away all your marinates and rubs if you do not do the above.

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January 3, 20070 found this helpful

If those thing doesn't tenderize to your satisfaction, you may have to boil it for 2 hours or more depending on the size of your cut. I've tried beef brisket in a Chinese restaurant called Sam Woo, it's very tender and one of my most favorite dish.

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January 4, 20070 found this helpful

Using a tablespoon or two of vinegar will do it and doesn't leave any after taste.

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March 8, 20070 found this helpful

I use to marinade plain yogurt to tederize tough beef for 1-2hours. Other option is MILK.

The other option is grated a DAIKON (japanese radish) for 1-2hours.

These work pretty well

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October 11, 20080 found this helpful

Here in England, the secret to cooking tender meat is Coleman's English mustard which seals meat and locks in juicy flavour. With a brisket, you will need to put it into a Roman Clay Pot and put it into the oven for 4 or 5 hours. This cut of meat needs moisture and slow roasting. Also a metal pan with a lid is also fine.

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January 25, 20130 found this helpful

Personally I like to smoke it first with about 10 ounces of Hickory (not mesquite) chips. Smoke it for about 2 hrs or so. Then remove it from the smoker. Wrap and seal it in foil, shinney side in(to prevent the foil from retracting the heat) and bake it in the oven for an additional 4 to 6 hours at 250 degrees f. Wrap it in foil so it cooks in its own juices. If you dont have a smoker skip that step. Comes out nice and juicy very tender.

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