Can I braise two briskets overlapping each other?
I am making 2 four-and-a-half pound briskets tomorrow. They are flat and so I was going to braise them in a rectangular baking dish. This means that I will have to brown them and all the aromatics in another pot and then transfer them over. However, I can keep them in the same pan or dutch oven if I permit them to overlap, or keep them somewhat on their sides...will any of these work?
Sure you can overlap. Adjust the liquid level accordingly. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't overlapping after a couple hours of braising, due to contraction. Briskets have notorious shrinkage ;-0
Once they've been browned, I've layered briskets in my Dutch oven on occasion. They came out great. They shrink so much that the overlap may quickly disappear, too.