National Brisket Day celebrates slow cooking

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By: Kate Stoltzfus

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For all you brisket lovers out there, it’s time to fill up a plate. All you need is a little patience.

Today is National Brisket Day, and what better way to celebrate than by serving up a cut at the dinner table?

Brisket is an American favorite, a slow-cooking meal made from sliced beef or veal breast. The meat can be bought in point cuts, reports Whole Foods, which are tipped and fattier, or flat cuts, which come bigger and leaner.

Pop some cuts in the crock-pot or roast with spices in the oven – just make sure you allow some time for cooking. Brisket, a tougher meat, takes anywhere from two to twelve hours to cook, depending on the tenderness desired.

Perhaps the best feature of brisket is its versatility. Whether roasted, grilled or slow-cooked, served with vegetables or fruit or sauce, this meat can be eaten in a hundred different ways.

Here are a few suggestions for a meat holiday meal.

For the sweet tooth: Who thought soda could be so filling? This Coca Cola Brisket from Leite’s Culinaria has a mere four ingredients, including a single can of the famed pop.

For the BBQ lover: This simple slow-cooker barbeque beef with step-by-step illustrations is from Laurie McNamara on her blog, Simply Scratch. The 10 hours needed is worth it for meat that falls right off the bone.

For the sandwich junkie: Try BBQ brisket sandwiches served with coleslaw from blogger The Zenotimist, made with apple cider vinegar and brown sugar, and slathered in sauce.

For those who like a drink with their meal: This beer-braised brisket with onion jam has a lengthier 12-hour cooking time, but the jam and caramelized onions can be made while the meat is braising, says Cherry On My Sundae.

For the health nut: A tender brisket with potatoes, carrots and onions is low in calories and just as delicious, notes skinnytaste.com.

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