My husband and his paternal side of the family were raised Jewish. While we are not practicing the religion, we still like to acknowledge and teach our children about the holidays and traditions. This week is Passover and we wanted to have a special meal to celebrate. The star of the show this time was the Kosher Beef Brisket we got from Trader Joe’s. (I promise I’m not endorsed by Trader Joe’s, I just like it that much. I shop there all the time!)
I found a recipe online that I thought sounded very interesting. It uses a blend of spices I would never have thought would go so well with beef, but it works! The original recipe can be found here. There’s cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, mustard powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper in the rub. At first, I’ll admit that I was unsure as it smelled a lot more like a Christmas Ham than a Passover Brisket. But, after 8 hours in the crockpot, the flavors really came together and it was great.
I allowed the meat to sit out while I prepared the rub, applied the rub and allowed it to come to room temperature while I prepared the rest of the ingredients.
One of the biggest complaints from the original recipe was how bland the cabbage was. This was likely because the author puts the meat in the bottom of the crock pot, followed by vegetables and finally the cabbage on top. This doesn’t allow any of the flavors to reach the cabbage so I figured I’d mix it up a bit. I put all of the cabbage on the bottom along with about half of the rest of the vegetables. I also added the 2 Bay Leaves, beef broth, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Not much room left, I know! But I made it work.
One major change that I made to the recipe is that I browned the brisket before putting it in the crock pot. I think this makes a big difference. This only takes a few minutes per side but the flavor is huge. You don’t have to do this step, but I recommend it if you have the time. Use a little additional broth to deglaze the pan after you remove the brisket to the crock pot and be sure to scrape up all those little bits stuck to the pan. This will produce a nice boost of flavor that includes all those yummy spices. Just add the sauce on top of the brisket.
Also, you’ll notice I don’t cook the carrots and potatoes separately like the original recipe. I don’t get it… did they just run out of room or something? Anyways, I put everything in the crock pot.
You could definitely be done after the 8 hours, but you know me- above and beyond!
I separated the cabbage from the rest of the vegetables and placed the vegetables in an oven safe dish. I put them under the broiler just to crisp them up a bit. You don’t have to be exact and get every little piece of cabbage out, just do your best. It’s already cooked enough.
Ready for the broiler.
While it’s broiling, put the leftover juice in the crock pot into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. I added about a cup of red wine and let it reduce a little. This just gives it a little more depth of flavor. KEEP AN EYE ON THE VEGETABLES THOUGH!
Next, slice the brisket against the grain after it has rested about 10 minutes.
Finished product turned out great. The meat was tender, the cabbage was tasty and the vegetables were just right. Again, the last few steps are optional, but take the dish to another level.
Not your average Brisket and Cabbage. Optional next steps: To serve, place all components onto a plate and serve with sauce on the side.
Slow Cooker Spiced Brisket with Vegetables
Not your average Brisket and Cabbage.
Optional next steps:
To serve, place all components onto a plate and serve with sauce on the side.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and to all those celebrating, Happy Passover! Let me know if you try this out and how it turns out, or if you have any questions.