Fall is fast approaching, and summer’s last stand heaves under an abundance of produce. Early September finds the cook in a race against the first frost – canning, drying and spinning the plethora of freshly harvested vegetables and fruit into a tapestry of goodness. We relish these last long evenings, especially when it is warm enough to dine outside and grill.
There are many ways to barbecue a brisket, and I asked Bob Sparrow the owner of Sparrow Meats, for advice and used his technique in the following recipe.
I gave the recipe a test-drive in my kitchen and my family loved the lightly charred taste of the brisket balanced with the sweet maple and edgy bourbon flavors. I used a heavy hand with the cayenne, another layer of flavor and counterpoint to the sweetness of the syrup. I imagine this would be an ideal recipe to serve a group of Labor Day revelers; buns are optional.
Make no mistake: Brisket is a tough cut of meat and requires a marinade and long, slow cooking to break down the connective tissues. The time, mostly unattended, is worth it: The flavor of this brisket is tough to beat.
This brisket recipe combines the best of both worlds: the ease of an oven roast with the crackling finish of a grill. I served this with a favorite recipe for Hot Slaw (recipe follows); the spicy “bacony”: flavor is sublime with the beef.
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