Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chipotle Barbecued Beef Brisket

What better to do in a blizzard than break out the Crock-Pot? We've had a lot of snow thus far in 2011 and it's been a wonderful excuse to work from home and enjoy some slow cooking. Oh, I can still smell this barbecued goodness.

Chipotle Barbecued Brisket

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. beef brisket, fat trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (aka Tabasco)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/8 cup molasses
  • 1/8 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Combine 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, all the garlic, and a pinch or two of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over the brisket.
  2. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large pan over high heat. Add the meat and brown on all sides.
  3. Transfer the browned brisket to the slow cooker.
  4. Return the pan to the stove and reduce heat to medium high. Add the onions and saute until translucent.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan and stir to combine. Bring it to a light simmer, then transfer the sauce to the slow cooker.
  6. Be sure to life the meat and evenly distribute the sauce.
  7. Put the cover on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  8. When the meat is done cooking, remove it form the slow cooker, cover and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, skim off some of the fat from the sauce and pour it into a saucepan.
  9. Bring the sauce in the saucepan to a boil and reduce it down to concentrate the flavor, about 10 minutes.
  10. As the sauce is reducing, shred the brisket and transfer it back into the slow cooker.
  11. Pour the reduced sauce over the meat and leave in the cooker set on Warm until ready to serve.
Serving Ideas
  • I served this chipotle barbecued brisket in warmed corn tortillas for the perfect "no utensils required" kind of meal.
  • Freshly shredded smoked cheddar on top adds nice flavor.
  • Freshly chopped cilantro would be a nice topping addition.
Have you been using your slow cooker lately?
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