Smoky Beef Brisket Dinner

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Smoky Beef Brisket with Goat Cheese Potatoes au Gratin and Red Eye Gravy

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Adapted from Taste of Idaho

Ingredients

Brisket:

  • 1 Double R Ranch Beef Brisket
  • 2 quarts water
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • ¼ cup liquid smoke
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup grenadine
  • Juice of 2 limes

Potatoes au Gratin:

  • 4 large Idaho Russet potatoes, washed and diced
  • ½ pound Hardball Farms bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces Rolling Stone Chevre (goat cheese)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup stone ground mustard
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ cup bread crumbs

Red Eye Gravy:

  • ¼ cup reserved bacon fat from potato recipe
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups reserved brisket cooking juices
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup Bitner Cellars Sangiovese
  • 2 shots Dawson Taylor espresso

Instructions

Brisket:

  1. Combine all ingredients and marinate for 48 hours. Drain marinade and slow roast brisket uncovered in a 225° F oven for 10 hours. Drain juices and skim fat from the top. Reserve de-fatted juices for sauce. Allow brisket to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature before slicing and serving.

Potatoes au Gratin:

  1. Boil diced potatoes in lightly salted water for 5 minutes. Drain potatoes and keep warm. Dice the bacon and cook over low heat for render the fat. Drain ¼ of the fat and reserve for sauce. Add onion to the bacon and increase heat to medium high. Season the mixture to taste. Add chevre, cream, and mustard and bring to a strong simmer. Remove from heat and stir in half of the Parmesan. Pour mixture into baking pan. Mix remaining parmesan with bread crumbs and bake for 20 minutes at 350° F. Allow to cool five minutes before cutting into eight portions to serve.

Red Eye Gravy:

  1. Heat the reserved bacon fat and flour to make a roux. Whisk in the remaining ingredients (reserved brisket liquid, honey, wine and espresso) slowly while stirring often. Allow to simmer 20 minutes before serving. Strain through a mesh sieve if any lumps are present.