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Braising a pre-smoked brisket?

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fat ass Dec 5, 2007 04:04 AM

I smoked a mass of brisket a little while back, and it was ... ok. Much drier than I would have liked after a day-long low-and-slow-a-thon. I took one of the smoked slabs and buried it in the freezer for a spell. Now I'm thinking that instead of simply reheating it, I might braise it (in red wine, perhaps, or my grandmother's molasses and ketchup and water concoction that yielded pure bliss). Think tha will soften it up, or is it too late? Blasphemous, I know, and a little nutty. But might it work?

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    fat ass Dec 6, 2007 05:59 AM

    thanks everyone!

    1. C. Hamster Dec 5, 2007 07:40 AM

      Cooking it more -- even in liquid -- will dry it out even more. The liquid in the meat's cells is expelled during the cooking process's. Think chicken broth.

      I'd do what Isabella suggested and simply reheat it.

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        ESNY Dec 5, 2007 05:28 AM

        Try steaming it they way they do pastrami.

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          Isabella Dec 5, 2007 04:37 AM

          Hey Fat Ass,

          I think I would thaw the brisket & either slice it or chop it & let it soak in your Grandma's concoction in the fridge for a day. That will rehydrate it without cooking it anymore & let the flavors mingle. Then I would preheat the oven nice & hot & stick it in - covered & lower the heat to a low temp & let it hang out in there for awhile. Slow residual heat should keep it from drying out any more.

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