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I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that Spring is upon us, and with that, comes grilling season. I know most people think of Summer as peak grilling season, which it is, but here on the Prairie, I’ll take whatever nice weather I can get! Right now, we’ve got blasts of wind coming down from the north. Until it dies down somewhat and I can fire up the grill, I can still enjoy an Oven Roasted Brisket Sandwich indoors.
One of the things I want to do one of these days is smoke a brisket. Jay and I love brisket, though I’ve never tossed one on the grill. Instead, I oven-roast it, which means I don’t have to constantly monitor it. Let it roast for six hours, rest for another hour, carve, then enjoy with some barbecue sauce.
Heinz has come out with a new line of BBQ sauces–four new regional sauces, as well as the Heinz BBQ Classic Sweet & Thick, each developed in conjunction with some of the nation’s top pitmasters. Heinz traveled the country and did their homework working on these sauces that capture the full tradition of American barbecue. Jay of course, is chomping at the bit to try them all.
Oven-roasting brisket is quite the process, as you need to start the night before you plan to cook it. You want to get your ingredients for your dry rub prepped, and then let the meat chill overnight. That will allow the flavors of the rub to penetrate the meat.
The rest is easy–Roast the brisket in the oven for 5 hours, then top with some barbecue sauce and roast for another hour.
The hardest part is waiting the hour while the brisket finishes cooking and rests. Your kitchen will smell so heavenly at that point, you’re going to want to start gnawing on your walls! You can slice or shred the brisket after that hour of rest.
I actually started slicing it, but about halfway through, it just started falling apart because it was so tender.
Pile as much as you’d like on a bun, top with more Heinz BBQ Classic Sweet & Thick, and enjoy!
So what’s your favorite BBQ sauce style? I waffle between the Texas-style and Carolina-style sauces. Jay has never met a BBQ sauce he didn’t like. The bambino likes the sweeter-style sauces. Do you have a favorite cut of meat to smoke or grill? If you need some inspiration, check out some of these recipes!