There are plenty of days when I decide to create a meal off the top of my head and my husband has a full jar of peanut butter ready to go in case I burn it or the flavor just is not right. Peanut Butter takes all flavor out, and he can smile and say he ate a great meal no matter what!
My goal was to make an awesome smoked bbq brisket. But who owns a smoker? I decided my next best smoker would be my crock pot. I guess I could have thought about my oven, but the crock pot won. That being said, I grabbed a nice piece of brisket, which actually may be a corned beef brisket, we're not sure. HA! I had celery, onions, shallot laying around and some beef broth so I came up with this concoction I call beef brisket, which actually tasted pretty good!
- 1 slab of beef brisket
- 1 large shallot, sliced
- 2 C chopped celery
- 1 Onion of your choice, sliced
- 1 C water
- 1 box Swanson Beef broth/stock
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp dry mustard seasoning
- BBQ Sauce
Pour the water into the crock pot, which should be on low set for a good 9-10 hours. Throw everything in the crock pot, I prefer meat in the middle with seasonings on top and sliced veggies all around it. They say to let the meat cook, fat side down, but I kept turning it every 2 hours. After 4 hours I poured in beef stock with a can of diced tomatoes. My can of diced tomatoes happen to have jalapenos in it. Wow- did I get a spicey soup from that!
Here is where the 'dumbestic' in me comes out.
Truthfully, you really need to smoke your brisket to get a good bbq brisket, and since I did not have a smoker. I chose to cook it, just like you would corned beef, and then bbq it. NOTE: Husband was prepared with peanut butter, like I said!
My goal was to get to a bbq brisket, which left this lovely pot of a beef soup if you will. Once the brisket was removed, I had no beef. This gave me the idea to make a second meal with the broth. I grabbed some stew beef and threw it in after I browned it to cook for a soup!
After 9-10 hours in the crock pot, (last hour was on high) I pulled the brisket out with plans to grill it. Ah, but of course we were out of propane! Thank God for the Grill pan I got for my wedding shower, I LOVE grill pans. They are the best.
I put Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce on my brisket, while I grilled it for about 10 minutes.
The preferred internal temperature of a full cooked brisket is about 200 degrees per the meat thermometer. Well, I broke both my meat thermometers by putting them in the dishwasher. OOPS!
My meat had a nice red center, and tasted great- so I'm not worried!
How gorgeous does that look? Tastes just as great too!
I decided some broccoli and cheese would be a great fit with my brisket, and really wanted garlic bread. I had about 10 minutes and no bread baked up in the house. Rather than sending my husband or myself out to the grocery store to get some, I grabbed regular bread, added butter and garlic, into the oven for 3 minutes on broil and got my garlic toast!