Best Brisket

Sometime in the year 2000 I came across a brisket recipe in the Daily News that I ripped out and held on to for years. I made it for Christmas that year, and everyone absolutely loved it. This recipe is from the Second Avenue Deli that later closed, and by now reopened. I’m not sure if their recipe changed by now, but I am holding on to this particular one for dear life, I absolutely love it. I was unwilling to share this one for quite a few years, but at this point it’s just selfish! So here you are, save it, print it, for heaven’s sake cook it….

What you’ll need:

  • 4 pounds brisket
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3/4 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp celery salt

In a small bowl, combine onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika and celery salt. Rub the brisket with this mixture, covering well.

Cover the brisket well in aluminum foil and refrigerate at least overnight. The next day, heat 2 tbsp of oil and brown the meat on all sides.

Transfer the meat to large pot and add 1/2 cup of water to it. Bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat for hour, covered. In the meantime, heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil and sauté the onions until they are golden brown. Add the garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes.

After the meat simmered for one hour, add the onions an garlic to the pot. Continue simmering for 2 1/2 hours, turning the brisket every 30 minutes. Keep it covered. Slice the meat with a sharp knife. It will be falling apart easily. Serve with potatoes and vegetables of your choice!

For more info on the Second Avenue Deli click here

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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