This juicy, flavorful dish is sure to please! It's got just the right balance of sweetness and kick. Bonus: You can cook it on your stovetop, in a pressure cooker or in a slow cooker.
On a specialized diet? This recipe works well for folks following a gluten-free (watch the barbecue sauce) or dairy-free diet — and, of course, omnivores!
- 1 beef Brisket Flat Half (about 3 pounds)
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 2 tablespoons chile powder
- 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Combine rub ingredients in small bowl; press evenly onto beef Brisket Flat Half. Place brisket, fat side up, in stockpot.
- Combine barbecue sauce and wine in small bowl. Pour around brisket; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 hours or until brisket is fork-tender. Remove brisket; keep warm.
- Skim fat from cooking liquid. Bring cooking liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup sauce, stirring occasionally.
- Trim fat from brisket, as desired. Carve diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Serve with sauce.
Cook's Tip: You may substitute Brisket Point Half for Brisket Flat Half with no change to cook time. Brisket Point Half is not considered a lean cut.
Pressure Cooker Directions (Alternate Cooking Method)
- This recipe can be made in a 6-quart electric pressure cooker.
- Blend rub ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Press onto all sides of beef Brisket Flat Half. Place brisket in pressure cooker, fat side up; add wine. Close and lock pressure cooker lid. Use beef, stew or high-pressure setting on pressure cooker; program 70 minutes on pressure cooker timer. Use quick-release feature to release pressure; carefully remove lid.
- Warm barbecue sauce in small sauce pan on stovetop, add 1/4 cup cooking liquid to sauce; stir to combine. Continue as directed in step 4, above. (This recipe variation was tested in an electric pressure cooker at high altitude. Cooking at an altitude of less than 3,000 feet may require slightly less cooking time. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.)
Slow Cooker Directions (Alternate Cooking Method)
- To cook in a slow cooker, combine rub ingredients in small bowl; press evenly onto beef brisket. Place brisket, fat side up, in 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 quart slow cooker.
- Combine barbecue sauce and wine in small bowl. Pour around brisket.
- Cook on HIGH 4 to 6 hours or LOW 8 to 10 hours, or until brisket is fork-tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)
- Remove brisket; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Bring cooking liquid to a boil in a sauce pan. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup sauce, stirring occasionally.
Test Kitchen Tip: Avoid lifting the lid of your cooking vessel, which releases valuable heat and moisture and can significantly increase the cooking time.
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