Ask Cynthia a Question – June 7, 2012

JIM ASKED: How do I buy a brisket? Should I buy it trimmed or untrimmed?

MY ANSWER: Trimmed brisket is what the experts at the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse recommend purchasing. They are the fine group of volunteers who helped me master the art of cooking delicious brisket. Through trial and error I’ve found their advice was right-on!

The untrimmed brisket is cheaper by far but more than half in fat alone will need to be trimmed away before cooking or you’ll end up with massive amounts of fat in the brisket itself as well as its gravy/sauce that in my opinion will ruin its flavor. A trimmed brisket will cook faster and your finished product will be much leaner and tastier.

I also try to buy my trimmed brisket at a butcher shop or at the very least, Costco or Sam’s where it is higher in quality. If buying from a Mom & Pop meat market it’s best to order it in advance directly from the butcher as he will ensure that you get a quality piece of meat. Brisket is a very reasonably priced cut but it’s like all meat, you get what you pay for and where it’s purchased can make a world of difference.

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