Slow-Cooker Brisket

Cooking over the holidays can be challenging, especially if you’re trying to juggle time in the kitchen with work. Luckily, we share the cooking duties in my family.

On Christmas Eve, my mom always fixes baby back pork ribs with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. And on Christmas Day, we generally have roast turkey with all the fixings. Therese and I generally share the responsibilities.

But when it comes to New Year’s Day, I’m always at a loss at what to make.

This year, I have a plan. I’m going to fix a elk brisket. Over the years, many cooks have found that briskets are a boon during the busy holiday season. You can make it ahead and refrigerate the meat in its sauce for two to three days or freeze it and reheat in the microwave, oven or stovetop.

But I’ve come across another way to fix brisket — in a slow cooker. I figure it’s the perfect recipe for me, since New Year’s is a workday for me. Plus, I don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing a big meal.

So, for those of you who might be pressed for time like me, here’s a way out.

Slow Lemon Brisket
2 ribs celery, halved lengthwise
2 onions, quartered
1 first cut or flat cut (leaner section) beef brisket, about 4 pounds, trimmed
2 lemons, cut into thin slices
1 cup raisins or to taste
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 low-sodium beef bouillon cubes, dissolved in 2 cups water
Line the bottom of a large slow cooker with the celery and onions top with brisket. Place lemon slices and raisins on the brisket season with salt and pepper to taste. Add dissolved bouillon.
Cook on low until meat is fork-tender, about 10 to 12 hours. Remove meat to cutting board let stand 15 minutes. Skim fat from cooking broth. Adjust seasonings, if needed. Remove lemon slices cut in half. Pour broth into a serving bowl add lemons. Slice meat across the grain into thin slices. Halve or quarter the lemon slices serve with the broth and lemons.
Yield: Serves 10.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 301 calories, 25 percent of calories from fat, 8 grams fat (3 grams saturated), 77 milligrams cholesterol, 17 grams carbohydrates, 39 grams protein, 322 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.