Braised Brisket


  • 1 5-pound beef brisket, halved
  • 2 tbss kosher salt
  • 1 dried ancho chile
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups hot coffee
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Finely grated lemon zest
1. Preheat oven to 300.
2. Season the brisket with salt and let rest for 1 hour.
3. Place chile in small bowl and cover with hot water. Let sit to soften for 30 minutes. Drain and reserve soaking liquid. Stem, seed, and mince the chile.
4. Flour a 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan.
5. Heat 2 tbs oil in skillet over medium heat. After heated place 1 piece of brisket and fry until golden brown. Place flat side up in roasting pan. Repeat with second piece.
6. Add garlic to pan and stir to brown. Then add coffee and remaining ingredients, including chile coaking water. Bring to boil and then cover pan with foil.
7. Braise brisket until tender – 3 hours. Uncover and let cool slightly. Chill until cold, then cover and chill overnight.
8. Discard fat from surface of brisket. Slice thinly. Return to roasting pan and set burners to medium heat. Cover and simmer until heated through. Transfer to platter. Sprinkle parsley and lemon zest over brisket.
9. Pour pan juices into serving pitcher for pouring over brisket.
10. Enjoy!