When the mercury drops, it's a great time to cozy up to a nice dinner, after the oven has warmed up the kitchen. Acually this recipe may warm the whole house as the brisket is cooked for 5 to 6 hours. Serve brisket with sauces, slaw, pickles, and rolls so guests can assemble into sandwiches.
6 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup kosher salt, plus more
1 8–10-pound untrimmed flat-cut brisket
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 12-ounce can lager
Finely chop garlic in a food processor. Add brown sugar, mustard, oil, black pepper, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and ¼ cup salt and process until smooth. Rub all over brisket, working into crevices. Wrap in plastic; chill 1–2 days. Let meat sit out until room temperature, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325°. Scatter onions in a large roasting pan and set brisket, fat side up, on top. Add beer; cover with foil. Braise until meat is very tender, 5–6 hours. Remove from oven; heat broiler. Broil brisket, uncovered, until top is browned and crisp, 5–10 minutes.
Let brisket cool slightly. Remove from pan and shred or slice. Remove onions with a slotted spoon; mix into brisket. Taste and moisten with some cooking liquid and season with salt, if needed.
DO AHEAD: Brisket can be braised 1 day ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Reheat, covered, at 325° for 1½ hours.
Von Trapp Dunkel Lager
Named for the city that created the style, this amber lager is malt forward with a grassy, crackery hop aroma. A classic blend of German malts and hops develop lingering flavors of biscuit and caramel on the finish. Beef and lager, it just works.
E Pluribus Unum and all that.