This week is all about holiday meals, and today is no exception. Beer braised brisket with onion jam is an easy dinner to prepare that can be served for any occasion. Season the brisket, pop it in the oven, and sit back and relax while the brisket cooks! You won’t regret trying this recipe once you bite into that tender juicy brisket topped with a savory onion jam. Drooling yet? I know I am and I just ate!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
What is braising exactly? It’s a cooking method that combines both dry and moist heat. First, sear the meat on the stovetop, allowing it to brown and caramelize. Then, finish it in the oven with just a touch of liquid. Slow cooking the meat at a lower temperature breaks down the connective tissue, resulting in tender meat. If you cannot find brisket, substitute with a roast, tri-tip, pork shoulder, or even lamb shanks.
If you’ll notice, this recipe doesn’t require you to sear the brisket first. However, the beef will still darken in color because of the spices being used.
Exactly four hours later and my roast was ready. The meat should easily fall apart without a knife when it is ready. The exterior has a golden crust from the spices and from the color of the braising liquid. The entire kitchen smells phenomenal and it’s hard to contain my excitement at this point!
If you’re having trouble slicing the brisket, let it cool slightly. You can always prepare the brisket the day before, slice, and reheat in its cooking liquid when you are ready to serve.
For the onion jam, if you’re limited on time, caramelize the onions the day before or while the brisket is braising. Add the seasonings excluding the braising liquid and cook according to the recipe. Once the beef is done, reserve 1 cup of the braising liquid. Reheat the caramelized onions with the braising liquid and cook until the jam has thickened. Remove from heat and serve with the brisket.
For my full meal, I started with a lovely mushroom bruschetta with whipped goat cheese. The main course was, of course, this beer braised brisket with onion jam, and, for the side, I prepared roasted potato salad.
The overall meal was fantastic! The beer braised brisket was as tender as expected. The onion jam is a combination of sweet, savory, and tangy and a perfect condiment for the beef. You don’ t have to be a meat lover to enjoy this dinner!
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