Beef Brisket with Lemon-Oregano Sauce

Serving Size: 10
Prep Time:
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To prepare the brisket

  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Quart water
  • 2 Quart chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 6 Pound first-cut brisket, with fat cap attached (see Note)
  • 1 Tbsp juniper berry, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp coarsely cracked black peppercorn
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 0.33 cup chopped oregano leaf (about 2 bunches)
  • 12 garlic clove, minced
  1. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, combine the olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt, peppercorns and juniper. Put the brisket in the pot, fat side up, and rub the garlic-oregano mixture all over it. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Add the broth and water to the casserole; the brisket should be submerged. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer for about 3 1/2 hours, turning the brisket halfway, until the meat is very tender. Transfer the brisket fat side up to a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and cover loosely with foil. Skim the fat from the surface of the broth; boil until reduced to 2 cups, about 30 minutes.

To make the sauce

  • kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 0.5 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 0.5 cup chopped oregano leaf
  • 3 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. In a food processor, puree the lemon juice, garlic, 1/4 cup of the oregano and the oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the remaining oregano.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°. Roast the brisket on the top shelf of the oven for 15 minutes, until deeply golden and crispy on top. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Thinly slice the brisket and drizzle with some of the reduced cooking liquid. Serve with the lemon-oregano sauce.

The first-cut (or flat-cut) is a lean one, so leaving the fat cap attached is crucial: It keeps the brisket moist during braising.

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Recipe Credit: Kay Chun
Image Credit: Johnny Miller