Spiced Beef Brisket
- 1 brisket of beef, about 10 lb.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. ground allspice
- 2 Tbs. freshly ground pepper, plus more, to taste
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 6 Tbs. olive oil or chicken fat
- Salt, to taste
- 3 lb. yellow onions, diced
- 2 cups unsalted beef stock, or as needed
- 2 cups tomato puree
In a large, heavy fry pan or on a griddle over medium heat, warm 3 Tbs. of the olive oil. Season the meat with salt, add to the pan and brown for 4 to 6 minutes per side. Set aside.
In a heavy pot large enough to hold the brisket, heat the remaining 3 Tbs. oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Place the beef atop the onions and cover the pot. Reduce the heat andsimmer the brisket for 2 hours. Add the stock if the onions and beef havent exuded enough juices; you will need about 3 cups of liquid. Add the tomato puree and cook until the meat is tender, about 1 hour more.
Transfer the brisket to a carving board, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. If the pan juices are too thin or lack flavor, set the pot over medium heat and simmer the juices until reduced slightly. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Slice the meat across the grain and serve with the pan juices. Serves 12.