How To Cook Beef Brisket And Recipes To Try
This beef cut is a tough cut but super tasty.
If you have ever¬†eaten at an American-style barbecue place, you¬†will know this¬†menu item: the beef¬†brisket (punta y pecho). You may have tasted it¬†as smoked brisket or had it stuffed into a deli roll as pastrami. You might even have had it when you ate a homemade corned beef meal! These are just a few of the kinds of meals you¬†enjoyed¬†that used the beef brisket cut.¬†
The brisket is a beef cut that is taken from the¬†front of the breast area of the steer near the front leg. It's one of the toughest cuts of meat which makes it ideal for recipes where require long and slow cooking¬†to¬†make it tender.¬†It takes time to cook but the resulting dish is well worth the¬†patience since it's also one of the most flavorful cuts¬†of beef.¬†
The beef brisket is also known as punta y pecho. It's not a common local¬†cut¬†but¬†you may be more familiar with this cut¬†with these names:
- ‚ÄĘ mechado or caldereta cut
- ‚ÄĘ beef cubes
- ‚ÄĘ ground¬†beef¬†
Dishes such as mechado and¬†caldereta are perfect for the brisket since¬†these are both long and slow cook recipes. You may also find this ground up and made into ground beef. This beef cut may be a tough cut but you know that when cooked right, the brisket results in super tasty beef dishes. Here are recipes to try:¬†
1 Hong Kong-Style Beef Brisket Recipe¬†
This legendary dish is well-loved for good reason. This dish has¬†melt-in-your-mouth tender beef¬†cubes in a flavorful sauce. The chunks of vegetables are optional but highly recommended since the sauce is delicious when absorbed by the labanos¬†or radish and carrots. It's a Chinese dish so don't forget there must be star anise and sugar added!
Plus, there are three ways you can serve this savory-sweet beef stew: with noodles, in congee, or simply with plain steamed rice.¬†
2 Beef Pares Recipe
This is one recipe that is cooked long and slow that you didn't know used the brisket as the beef cut. This¬†sweet, savory, and garlicky recipe¬†is¬†delicious on its own since beef is¬†the star of the dish.¬†Serve it with lots of steamed rice or use it to¬†top a hot bowl of beef mami.¬†
3 Beef Asado Recipe¬†
Not all asado dishes are made with pork! This sweet and savory recipe¬†uses¬†strips of beef brisket so that¬†you don't have to cook it as long to make it tender.¬†
4 Beef Nilaga Recipe¬†
The nilaga¬†is one¬†of the most simple of beef dishes.¬†It's a good reason to choose a flavorful cut of beef so that the broth¬†that's made is also super tasty!¬†Keep it¬†simple with cabbage¬†and potatoes or jazz it up with corn, chorizo, mushrooms, and other veggies to make it even more appetizing. You can add siling labuyo for instant heat!¬†
5 Corned Beef with Cabbage and Potatoes Recipe¬†
Did you know that you can buy fresh corned beef that's not been shredded yet? This¬†hunk of beef is cured, braised until tender, and then vacuum packed.¬†Enjoy it as it¬†was meant to be¬†eaten, gently simmered with¬†cabbage¬†and potatoes, or you can make some corned beef sinigang.¬†
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