Here's our meal tonight - slow-cooked brisket with caramelized onions and a splash of Worcestershire and soy sauce. It's so easy and delicious that we wanted to share the recipe. Ours is still in progress - the savory smell of brisket is wafting into the office, and the snow is melting outside.
It's going to be a softer, warmer weekend and this easy, tender dish of brisket is great Friday night comfort food to ease us into a brand new weekend.
We bought our brisket from our favorite local farm butcher again. It's totally the worth the few extra pennies; it's fresh, locally raised, and from well-raised and slaughtered beef cows. Buying meat of high quality from people we're beginning to know, a little, makes us think about the way we use our meat - we don't want to let a scrap of it go to waste.
Friday Night Slow-Cooked Brisket and Onions
3-4 pound beef brisket, ideally local and grass-raised
Salt and pepper
2 large onions
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
Unfold the brisket and cut into two equal pieces that will fit in your saute skillet or cast iron pan. Film the skillet with oil, and heat over medium high heat. Salt and pepper the brisket. Sear until a golden brown crust appears on both sides of the meat. Remove and place in your slow cooker insert.
Add a little more olive oil to the pan and heat over low medium heat. Slice the onions into thin half moons and saute gently until they are soft and lightly caramelized. Add the minced garlic and cook until tender and fragrant. Add to the slow cooker insert, tucking under and around the meat.
Heat the broth to boiling and stir in the two sauces. Taste and adjust. Pour over the meat.
Cover and cook in the slow cooker on low heat for 6-8 hours or until the brisket falls apart. Or hurry it along like we are and cook on high for 5 hours. This runs the risk of a slightly tougher brisket.