Brisket in Coffee-Barbecue Sauce Recipe
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large Spanish onion, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
7 tablespoons light-brown sugar
5 cups brewed coffee
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 (28-ounce can) peeled, chopped tomatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 brisket, about 4 pounds
In medium kettle, heat 1/4 cup of the oil over medium heat.
Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft and golden brown, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the red pepper.
Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute.
Stir in the brown sugar.
Pour in the coffee, vinegar and tomatoes, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes.
Set aside to cool.
Working in small batches, transfer the tomato-coffee mixture to a blender and puree. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Season the brisket with salt and pepper.
In a Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid, heat the remaining 1/2 cup oil.
Brown the brisket on both sides.
Drain off the oil, leaving the brisket in the Dutch oven.
Turn the brisket so that the fat side is facing up and then coat it with the pureed tomato-coffee mixture.
Cover the Dutch oven and place it in the oven.
Bake for 3 hours, basting frequently.
Remove the lid and bake uncovered until the brisket is glazed and very tender, about 1 1/2 hours more. Remove the brisket and set it aside to rest for 10 minutes, covered with foil, before slicing thinly across the grain.
Yield: 10 servings.
Per serving: 544 calories; 36 g fat (11 g saturated fat; 60 percent calories from fat); 17 g carbohydrates; 125 mg cholesterol; 283 mg sodium; 37 g protein; 1 g fiber.
Source: “The N.Y. Times Jewish Cookbook,”