The problem with most barbecue is that to truly do it correctly, you have to smoke things for years. I don't have a smoker, or years to wait. Luckily for me and my patience, my Mom has perfected the most simple, tender delicious brisket, and all you need is an oven. Plus lots and lots of foil. Oh, and your house is going to smell mouthwatering all day.
Oven BBQ Brisket
1 large beef brisket (2-3 pounds)
kosher salt and pepper
lots of foil
1 bottle (or homemade recipe) of your favorite BBQ sauce
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Trim most of the fat layer off of the brisket. Leave a few thin-ish patches on.
Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Lay the brisket, fat up, on 3 layers of foil, with enough extra to wrap completely around the brisket. Slather the top with BBQ sauce, making sure it is well-covered (this usually uses about half the bottle for me. We like KC Masterpiece Original)
Fold the foil over, and double-crimp the edges. Lay the whole foil packet on a baking sheet, and bake for 6-8 hours. Remove from the oven and let rest 1 whole hour. This step is critical!!!
After the hour rest, unwrap. Save the juices/sauce. Slice the brisket against the grain, and serve with extra sauce poured over.
Doused in delicious smokey sauce... to change the flavor, all you have to do is try different sauces! Smokey Texan style, sweet KC style, tangy Carolina style... I love them all!
Stephen likes to have leftovers in sandwiches. I wouldn't know, I never get leftovers :)
No knife needed! Super tender, flakey, fall-apart perfect brisket, with so little effort! Just make sure you invest the time in it, or it will turn out dry and tough. Go forth and barbecue!