How to Cook American Wagyu Brisket

Tips and Tricks for Elevating your Dinner with Wagyu Brisket

Primal: Brisket

Features: Full-flavored, slow-cooking-ready

Pull-apart tender after slow cooking and a long-time favorite for smoking or barbequing, American Wagyu Brisket offers an added level of flavor with its intense marbling. Experience its elevated flavor at home with these cooking tips.

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Best Cooking Methods for Wagyu Brisket

Highly marbled but cut from a tougher primal, brisket is best for smoking, braising, pot-roasting, or slow cooking. Long, slow cooking methods break down connective tissues, resulting in rich, juicy flavors.

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How to Prepare Wagyu Brisket

Preparing brisket might sound intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple in practice. Preparation can be broken down to three easy steps: dividing the meat, seasoning, and slow cooking.

That means you’ll simply need:

  • A brisket
  • A meat knife
  • A rub or salt, pepper, and garlic
  • Smoker/slow cooker/oven
  • Barbeque sauce, if desired

Parts of a Brisket

Briskets are available whole or in halves (known as the flat and the point). If you buy the brisket whole, separating the two parts allows you to apply more of your favorite rub or seasoning and will decrease the amount of cooking time.

Separating a Whole Brisket

The flat and point of the brisket are separated by a layer of fat, which you can use as a guide for cutting. Cut along the line of fat and try to leave an even layer of fat on both sides.

Note: There is a layer of fat, known as a “fat cap,” covering one side of the brisket. Avoid removing this layer until after cooking (if desired), as the fat cap bastes the brisket as it cooks. If smoking the brisket, it may require some trimming to ensure rub makes contact with the brisket.

Cooking Wagyu Brisket

After you’ve separated the brisket or purchased a half, get ready to season! For smoking, use your favorite beef barbeque rub and for slow cooking, use salt and pepper.

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How to Slow Cook Wagyu Brisket

Slow cooking or pot roasting is an easy way to prepare brisket, and an excellent option if it’s your first time cooking brisket.

  • Place brisket, fat side up, into a slow cooker. Add barbeque sauce if desired.
  • Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low 8 to 10 hours, or until brisket can be pulled apart with a fork (stirring unnecessary for cooking).
  • Remove from slow cooker, cut, and serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Cook brisket to a minimum of 160°F for optimum food safety.

How to Smoke Wagyu Brisket

Smoking brisket is a favorite preparation method among grill masters and restaurant-goers alike. If you have a smoker and haven’t yet tried smoked brisket, follow these tips for Classic Smoked Brisket, courtesy of Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.

  • Add wood, chips, pellets, or charcoal to your smoker, according to smoker instructions. Preheat to 225°F.
  • Add your favorite rub or season with a combination of paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub evenly over the brisket.
  • Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the brisket (not resting in fat).
  • Place brisket onto the rack and set timer for about 12 hours, depending on desired smoke flavor.
  • Remove brisket, slice, serve, and enjoy with your favorite barbeque.
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