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Beer, ginger and garlic braised brisket

Beer, ginger and garlic braised brisket

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time210 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium

For the ginger-garlic paste

115g cloves garlic, whole
115g fresh ginger, peeled, 1cm slices
3 tbsps vegetable oil

For the brisket

2 tbsps vegetable oil
3 (1.25kg) beef brisket, trimmed of excess fat and silver skin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (4cm) stick cinnamon
10 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods, crushed
1) Make the ginger-garlic paste. Throw the garlic, ginger, and vegetable oil in a mini food processor and blend until it forms a semi-smooth paste. There will still be tiny little pieces in there, but overall it should resemble a paste.

2) Save what you don't use in a small glass jar; it should last in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. It's a delicious addition to marinades, pasta sauces, stir-fry sauces, slow-cooker recipes, gravy, etc. We always had a jar of this stuff in our fridge growing up.

3) To make the brisket, preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3.

4) Warm the oil in a large, ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season the brisket with salt and pepper on both sides, and then add the meat to the pot. Brown on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Remove from the pot and set aside on a plate.

5) Turn the heat down to medium and add the cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom pods; they should sizzle upon contact with the oil in the pot. Once they start releasing their aroma (less than 1 minute), add the onions and ginger-garlic paste. Sprinkle with a touch of salt to help them release some moisture. Saute until they soften and turn golden, about 10 minutes.

6) Stir in the sugar and beer to the pot, scraping up any bits that may have stuck to the bottom. Carefully, using a pair of tongs, return the brisket to the pot. Then add enough stock to bring the liquid halfway up the brisket, about 230ml. Bring the liquid to a boil, shut off the heat, cover and transfer to the oven where it will cook away for 3 hours until it's very tender. Remove the lid in the last half hour of cooking to reduce the liquid.

7) When you're ready to serve, check the gravy. Stir in the cider vinegar. If it's too thick, don't be afraid to add a little water to thin it out. If it's too thin, reduce it on the stovetop. Taste for seasoning; depending on the brand of stock you used, you may want to add a little more salt.

8) When slicing the brisket, remember to slice across the grain, that way you'll get the most tender pieces of meat. Spoon a little gravy over the top and enjoy a slice of brisket heaven!

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