February 25, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
On Saturday night, we had a laid back party at our house to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday. Usually we host potlucks, but this time I did all the food preparation. The menu included brisket, coleslaw, twice baked potato casserole, buffalo chicken dip, and yellow cake with chocolate frosting. We also had a signature cocktail- Jameson and Ginger. I’ll be sharing the recipes for all of these great dishes all week!
Today, I want to talk about the beef. I followed The Pioneer Woman’s step by step instructions for her delicious braised beef brisket. She says that a 10 pound brisket feeds 12 people. I bought roughly 13 pounds of brisket and it easily fed our 17 guests. We sent a doggie bag home with some friends and still have enough for a few lunches this week. We did do sandwiches on freshly baked rolls, so I think that helped stretch the meat farther.
The marinade is extremely salty, as it includes beef consommé and soy sauce. When I tasted it before cooking, I was a little concerned it would overpower the beef. Though it still packed a punch, after 9 hours in the oven the marinade had transformed the once tough brisket into a meltingly tender main dish. I served up Stubb’s Original Barbeque Sauce as a condiment and its slight sweetness was a perfect foil to the salty beef.
Gilligan, our 90 pound labradoodle, was at the party, too. He spent his time hanging out in Sammy’s room with a Li’l Sebastian look-a-like. Sammy spent the night at Nana and Papa’s. 9 hours of glorious sleep for mom and dad ensued.
So here’s to you, my wonderful husband. After 9 years together, and almost 7 of marriage, I like you and I love you. I am the luckiest.