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A relatively inexpensive cut of meat, a brisket needs to tenderize overnight before it's baked. Here we use a full-flavored, smoky barbecue dry rub, then it's slowly baked and basted. Brisket cuts are notoriously fatty, but the flat “first-cut” section is a far better choice for healthy eating than the fattier “point cut.” It may be worth calling ahead to make sure your supermarket or butcher has one on hand.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2006

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine shallots, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cinnamon, oregano and salt in a small bowl. Rub into both sides of meat. Set the meat in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

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  • Pour Worcestershire sauce over the meat. Cover the pan with foil and set aside at room temperature while the oven heats to 350 degrees F.

  • Bake the brisket, covered, for 2 hours. Meanwhile, blend tomatoes, brown sugar and vinegar in a large blender or food processor until smooth.

  • After 2 hours, pour the tomato mixture over the meat; continue baking, covered, until fork-tender, basting with pan juices every 30 minutes, for about 1 1/2 hours more.

  • Remove the meat from the sauce. Let rest for 10 minutes, then slice against the grain. Skim the fat from the sauce in the pan; pour the sauce over the meat and serve (or follow make-ahead instructions).

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Make Ahead Tip: Bake, let the sliced brisket cool in the sauce for 1 hour, cover with foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat, covered, in a preheated 350°F oven for 40 minutes; if frozen, defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reh

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; protein 33.4g; carbohydrates 8.8g; dietary fiber 1.2g; sugars 5.9g; fat 6.4g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 98.3mg; vitamin a iu 885.8IU; vitamin c 6.5mg; folate 22.6mcg; calcium 50.2mg; iron 4.1mg; magnesium 40.4mg; potassium 609.3mg; sodium 293.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 4g.
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