Monday, June 14, 2010

Beef Brisket from the Garden of Eating

My dad introduced me the beauty of a good brisket, an essential part of his diet as a child, growing up in an Eastern European Jewish family. I think my first attempt at cooking brisket would make Dad proud (and come back for seconds). Hilltop Pastures Family Farms had 100% grass-fed brisket on sale for $2.99/lb at the Midtown Farmer's Market last weekend, but I neglected to buy it because I wasn't sure how easy it would be to cook. I leafed through my cookbook collection when I got home, and found a super simple recipe, it's as easy as making a pot roast. So I picked up a mini 2 lb brisket from the Wedge Co-op, which was tasty but unfortunately not grass-fed.

The recipe I used for barbecued beef brisket is from the The Garden Of Eating: A Produce-dominated Diet & Cookbook by Rachel Albert-Matesz and Don Matesz. I also made the Better Barbecue Sauce from here and it was perfectly tangy, subtly sweetened with a bit of honey, and deliciously thick. I added a few dashes of cinnamon, a pinch of cardamom, and a splash of red wine just for some extra zing.

The Garden of Eating Cookbook is completely worth buying, for the brisket recipe and many more of my new favorites, but is pretty expensive on Amazon. I have seen it at the Seward Co-op in Minneapolis for it's suggested retail price, or you may buy it directly from the author's website.

I'm sharing this with Food Renegade's Fight Back Friday!


  1. Grass fed beef for less than $3 a pound?!!! Where do you live, I'm moving! LOL

    My husband LOVES to cook brisket on the grill, but it cooks up nicely in a crockpot, too. Lay it fat side up.

  2. I want to get back into the meat eating thing. Really I so very much do. Just that I lost my taste for it and can't seem to get it back!

  3. Meghan- funny, my experience is exactly the opposite; I was raised mostly macrobiotic/vegan for some of my formative years and now I'm lovin' omnivory! I think wild-caught seafood is a great compromise if someone's wanting to try eating some "meat" but mostly veg, you get a lot of nutritional bang for your buck with fish, ya know?

  4. this looks fantastic ! and what a deal on the grass fed brisket. you're so lucky to have grass fed meat available at a local farmers market :D