Hello fellow foodies! Long time no see! Happy belated New Year and all of that other fun stuff. I hope the holidays were happy and healthy for everyone.
Let's get down to some cooking business, but before I do that I first have to be begin by thanking the lovely folks at Euro Pro, makers of the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System for the lovely gift bestowed upon me well over a year ago (oops!).
If you're unfamiliar with the Ninja, it's a slow cooker on a whole new level. It's a slow cooker, stovetop and oven all in one, and I just absolutely love it! You can sear and slow cook your meat all in the same pot. It bakes, too! Click here for some great demo videos.
I've made stews, soups and pot roasts in the Ninja, but this past weekend I made an ah-mazing brisket that I just can't seem to stop talking about! It took ten hours to cook and it was well worth the wait. I actually woke up at 4am on a Sunday to throw it all together so we'd have in time for lunch later that day. Talk about dedication!
Here's the recipe, scroll past for details and pics!
Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe
For the barbecue sauce:
For the brisket:
If you know me, I'm always doctoring up recipes, but I refused to this time around. The only thing I omitted was the cayenne pepper (I'm a spice wimp) and adjusted the salt for the rub, since I didn't have kosher salt. I had fine sea salt, so I cut it down to about a teaspoon, perhaps a little bit more, and it worked out perfectly. I also planned to ask the butcher to cut most of the fat layer from the brisket, but Whole Foods had them already trimmed up in the display case, which was a big plus.
Here's some eye candy:
This was around hour five, brisket pieces playing nice in the pool. I also flipped the pieces over every couple of hours so it would cook all the way around in the sauce.
Smells = DELICIOUS!
Ninja's multiple settings = FEWER DISHES TO WASH! Whoo hoo!