Last Nights Beef Brisket, A Nap on The Couch, and Ravioli For Breakfast: It’s Not Glam, Its Reality

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I did not get to post last night as promised. Somehow the days events completely wore me out and I managed enough energy to get my chili rubbed brisket into the oven, finish up a few loose ends around the house and then lay down on the couch to watch a movie…which I did not see the end of because I fell asleep.

I missed the end of Looper. It was a great movie, what I saw of it. As for the beef brisket, it turned out perfect.

I opted for a chili-cinnamon based rub and no bbq sauce. As a chef, I adore the heat sweet blend of a hot rub and a sweet sauce (it confuses your taste buds) but this 3 lb piece of brisket was insanely perfect in its cut, size, color and appearance (you would think I was grading a diamond!) and I just did not want to muck up the flavor of the beef.

I did not remove the small fat pad on the back side of the brisket. Contrary to popular belief, fat is good for a lot of things and flavoring a “dry” cut of beef with its own natural fat is better then slathering it with Crisco or bacon (mmmm…bacon. This is the only time I am choosing not to add bacon to anything). I placed it in an oven proof pan at 400, fat side down and roasted it, DRY in the oven for about half an hour until the fat had released some of its juices and it started to build a brown crust color. Then I flipped the beef over and returned it to the oven for another half an hour.

I removed it one last time, flipped it over (fat side down) reduced the oven temp to 250 and slid it right back in for another hour to finish off. When the meat was a pleasant deep mahogany, and firm to the touch I removed it (I did not temp it…temp is relative, I believe, to the cut of the meat and the cooking process…its a dry cut of beef, it needs to be given a little breathing room as far as internal temp goes. So cook it to a medium/medium-rare and it will be perfect, moist and juicy every time) and allowed it to rest. When I finally cut into it, the meat was a perfect pink…not fleshy but not a sallow pink either.

I did not get to testing out my Krab appetizer. The couch was calling to me and I could no longer ignore it.

Of course, after a full nights sleep I am back up and ready to rock and roll. However, being Friday, I will not be doing much home cooking this weekend as I am a slave to the reality of a commercial kitchen and will be spending ample time getting my “Gordon Ramsey” on. So in preparation, I am eating a lovely bowl of ravioli topped in old hen sauce (thank you Micheal Chiarello for the outstanding recipe…), dotted with giant chunks of sausage, and slathered in mozzarella cheese. And a diet coke.

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