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1 November 2017

This braised brisket recipe is fork tender and huge on flavor, and serves a crowd with a long, slow braise, smothered in savory ancho gravy. 

With the holidays just around the corner and game day gatherings busting out all over the place, I’m thinking of serving up a brisket again very soon. I know beef briskets are popular in the summer when the smokers and grills are going hot and heavy, but I think they need to go on the menu much more often this time of year.

It’s such a flavorful cut of meat, which is why it is so popular.

The thing about brisket, though, is that it is one of the toughest cuts of meat, which is what makes it ideal for long, slow cooking. Most people like to smoke their briskets, and so do I, of course!

But you don’t need a smoker to cook a perfect brisket, nor do you need to do anything outdoors. In reality, briskets are ideal for a long, slow braise.

Braised Brisket with Ancho Gravy - Recipe

All you need is a pot to fit your brisket and your oven. You might look at the ingredients list below and be a little intimidated, but nah. Don’t be. You’re overall prep time is only about 30 minutes or so (not including waiting time), even for a slow cook like me!

Cooking is really just waiting. Yes, this is the hard part. Your brisket will take 3-4 hours to cook for a small 3-pound cut, so be sure to plan accordingly. Cooking time can vary.

Let’s talk about how we make this awesome braised brisket, shall we?

Braised Brisket Ingredients

  • FOR THE BRISKET
  • Brisket. 1 3-pound beef brisket flat.
  • Seasonings. Use 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon ancho powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano, and ½ teaspoon cumin.
  • Oil. Olive oil as needed.
  • Peppers and Vegetables. Use 2 medium-sized carrot, 2 poblano pepper, 1 white onion and 4 cloves garlic.
  • Ancho Paste. Use 2 tablespoons ancho paste – recipe included below.
  • Beer. I use 1 bottle of my favorite winter ale, though you can use your favorite. Use a dark beer for full flavor.
  • Flour. 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and Pepper. To taste
  • FOR THE ANCHO PASTE
  • 5 dried ancho peppers
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cloves garlic chopped
  • Salt to taste

Braised Brisket with Ancho Gravy - Recipe

How to Make Braised Brisket  – the Recipe Method

Season the Brisket First. In a nutshell, you’ll season up the brisket, wrap it and refrigerate it for an hour to let the seasonings settle into the meat.

Sear the Brisket. Heat a Dutch oven to medium-high heat and add a couple tablespoons olive oil. Sear the brisket a few minutes each side to form a crust. Remove brisket and set aside.

Cook the Vegetables. Add carrots, peppers, onions and garlic to the hot Dutch Oven. Stir and cook 5 minutes to slightly soften.

Ancho Paste and Beer. Add 1 tablespoon ancho paste and beer. Scrap up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan and swirl the ancho paste into the liquid. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Braise the Brisket. Set the brisket into the Dutch oven (or use a roasting pan) over the top of the braising liquid, fat side down, and cover. Bake for about 3 hours at 275 degrees F, or until the meat is fork tender. It could take longer, depending on your oven and on the beef. Remove from heat and transfer the brisket to a cutting board to rest.

Make the Ancho Gravy. Strain the solids from the Dutch oven. Add the pan juices back into the pot and bring to medium heat. Swirl in 1 more tablespoon ancho paste and flour. Whisk until smooth. Heat until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper.

Slice and Serve! Slice brisket against the grain and serve with ancho gravy.

MAKING THE ANCHO PASTE

Toast the Ancho Peppers. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add ancho peppers. Cook them a couple minutes per side until they become fragrant.

Soak the Anchos. Add ancho peppers to a large bowl and pour boiling water over them. Cover and let sit for about 20 minutes to soften.

Stem and Seed the Peppers. Remove from the water and cut off the stems. Slice open and remove the seeds. Add to a food processor.

Cook the Onion and Garlic. Heat pan to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onion and cook about 3-4 minutes to soften. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute, stirring a bit. Remove from heat and add to the food processor.

Process the Paste. Add a pinch of salt and process to form a thick paste.

Boom! Done! Easy, right? SO. FREAKING. GOOD! Not lying, this ancho gravy is super addictive. You can simmer it for 15 minutes to thicken if needed.

This is definitely one of my very favorite recipes. Grab a glass of red wine, or your favorite beer!

Give it a try for your next holiday party, or cook it up for game day. Go team! I hope your team wins and your family loves it as much as I do. Serve it over mashed potatoes if you’d like. That’s how Patty likes it. Thanks!

— Mike H.

Braised Brisket with Ancho Gravy - Recipe

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Braised Brisket Recipe with Ancho Gravy

This braised brisket recipe is fork tender and huge on flavor, and serves a crowd with a long, slow braise, smothered in savory ancho gravy. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ancho, brisket
Servings: 6
Calories: 547kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 3-pound beef brisket flat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ancho powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized carrots chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers chopped
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ancho paste recipe included below
  • 1 bottle beer – Use a flavorful winter ale
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

ANCHO PASTE

  • 5 dried ancho peppers
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cloves garlic chopped
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Dry the brisket with paper towels and rub it down with olive oil.
  • Mix together the seasonings and rub them into the brisket. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 275°F.
  • Heat a Dutch oven to medium-high heat and add a couple tablespoons olive oil. Sear the brisket a few minutes each side to form a crust. Remove brisket and set aside.
  • Add carrots, peppers, onions and garlic. Stir and cook 5 minutes to slightly soften.
  • Add 1 tablespoon ancho paste and beer. Scrap up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan and swirl the ancho paste into the liquid.
  • Set the brisket over the top and cover. Bake for about 3 hours, or until the meat is fork tender. It could take longer, depending on your oven and on the beef. Remove from heat and transfer the brisket to a cutting board to rest.
  • Strain the solids from the Dutch oven. Put the liquid back into the pot and bring to medium heat. Swirl in 1 more tablespoon ancho paste and flour. Whisk until smooth. Heat until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Slice brisket against the grain and serve with ancho gravy.

ANCHO PASTE

  • Heat a large pan to medium heat and add ancho peppers. Cook them a couple minutes per side until they become fragrant.
  • Add ancho peppers to a large bowl and pour boiling water over them. Cover and let sit for about 20 minutes to soften.
  • Remove from the water and cut off the stems. Slice open and remove the seeds. Add to a food processor.
  • Heat pan to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onion and cook about 3-4 minutes to soften.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 more minute, stirring a bit. Remove from heat and add to the food processor.
  • Add a pinch of salt and process to form a thick paste.

Notes

I make large batches of this paste for a big flavor blast in a hurry. Just pull it out of the fridge and swirl a bit into whatever you’re making, like soups, stews, sauces or gravies. You can easily halve this recipe. Makes 2 cups. Serves 6.

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 845mg | Potassium: 1244mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3930IU | Vitamin C: 35.7mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 7mg
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