Monday, April 11, 2011

Slow Cooker Brisket Sandwiches

I have had this recipe in my arsenal for awhile, but I've been waiting for brisket to go on sale at my grocer. Well, it finally did, so I busted this dish out yesterday. This might be my new favorite slow cooker dish, even ahead of the pulled pork that I make. This recipe is courtesy of Food Network Magazine with a slight change in the directions from me. The serving size is surprisingly low in calories. Check out the nutritional details below.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 5-to-6-pound first-cut or flat-cut brisket, cut into 3 pieces (5-6 pounds is huge and if you are feeding more than two people, by all means get a big one like that. But since it is just me and my husband, I bought the smallest one I could find, about 3.5 pounds and I cut it into two pieces.)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1 12-ounce bottle stout beer (I like Guiness Stout)
4 stalks celery, cut into large pieces
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup dijon mustard
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon paprika
2 brioche or other rolls, split open and toasted
Coleslaw, for serving (I just bought a creamy store-bought brand, like Marie's)

Directions
Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the brisket with salt and pepper, then brown on all sides, about 10 minutes, adding the garlic in the last 2 minutes.

Transfer the meat and garlic to a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Pour the beer into the skillet and simmer 30 seconds, scraping up the browned bits from the pan; add the beer mixture to the slow cooker.

Nestle the celery around the meat. Stir together the brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, mustard, soy sauce, bay leaves and paprika. Pour over the meat, then cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 6 hours.

Transfer the meat to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice.

Serve on brioche halves with coleslaw; drizzle with the cooking liquid.

Per serving: Calories 474; Fat 16 g (Saturated 7 g); Cholesterol 128 mg; Sodium 265 mg; Carbohydrate 18 g; Fiber 0 g; Protein 61 g