In a word, Yes. Anything for my big sassy sister!
- Start with 6 -7 pounds of brisket (NOT CORNED BEEF!) rubbed with kosher salt (not table salt) Costco always has a good selection
- 2-3 Mayan (sweet) onions – add garlic if you please
- 3-6 Beef (knuckle) bones (ask your butcher)
- 2 -3 cups cheap brandy
- 2 -3 cups beef stock (I use the cubes with water in the microwave)
Rub the brisket down with kosher salt. Set a roasting pan over two burners on the stove top. Pour in enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat. Use a mandoline to thinly slice the onions and garlic and throw in the roasting pan to brown. Add the bones and let everything brown. Using tongs, start browning the brisket on all sides, including the ends, until completely seared/sealed. This will probably take 10-15 minutes or so. Be prepared for grease splatters. Wear an apron. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Once everything is well browned, season liberally with a pepper grinder and then pour in the brandy, deglazing the pan with a wooden spoon as you go. Once the browned bits have pulled away from the bottom of the pan, add the beef stock and seal the pan with tinfoil. Put the sealed roasting pan in the oven and after 20/30 minutes, turn the oven down to 300. Leave it untouched for 3-4 hours.
Remove the roasting pan to a safe surface and uncover, being careful with the escaping steam. It can scald! By this time the brisket should be falling apart. Remove it carefully using large spatulas and place it in your largest rectangle glass Pyrex baking dish. Using an electric carving knife, carefully slice down the brisket into quarter inch strips.
Shake out the marrow from the center of the bones and discard the bones. Take all the juicy rich liquid (including the bone marrow) and in portions, put in a blender to make the gravy. As you blend it, pour it back over the brisket until the sliced meat is covered completely. Seal the dish once again with tinfoil and pop back into the oven (still at 300 degrees) and leave it for another hour until you are ready to serve.
OMG – If the taste doesn’t kill you, the cholesterol will!
Now, for those of you who plan to send your male spouse/partner/BFF to the store for the above ingredients, please watch this video first…