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Can I braise two briskets overlapping each other?

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  • E_M Apr 19, 2011 02:40 PM
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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?

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  1. 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

    1. 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.

      1. Oh my. Thank you both.

        1. Yes - have done it several times.