Texan Brisket Passover Recipe

April sees us celebrating Passover, one of the most important events on the Jewish calendar and commemorates the freeing of the Jewish slaves from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. And so we have our Texan Brisket Passover Recipe, with Sweet Potato Pie, Veggie Kebobs and Homemade Matza Bread.

If you are Jewish then you probably know all there is to know about preparing a Passover meal. If you’re not, there are some things that you need to remember. Firstly, your ingredients need to not only be Kosher but also permitted for Passover. That’s right – some foods that are Kosher that are not allowed to be eaten during Passover. For example, Kosher bread rolls, which are very common in the BBQ world are not allowed during Passover as they are ‘leavened’ (they have yeast and have risen). This is why we’re making Matza Bread.

There are also rules about how the food is prepared too. For example, food must be cooked within 18 minutes of touching water so you need to be on the ball. This can be quite the challenge for even the most seasoned of cooks and yet I saw an opportunity. Be’te avon!

Texan Passover Brisket Recipe: The Rub

BBQ is simple in Texas:  beef, salt, and pepper. That’s it.  So that’s exactly what your rub is going to be: put 1/4 cup of Kosher salt and 1/4 cup of whole black pepper in a grinder and grind it. I like mine a little chunky.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 2They like things simple in Texas…

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe: The Brisket

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 3A medium sized 4.5 brisket…

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 4Nicely trimmed…

The next step is to trim up your brisket. It’s important that you got a fresh brisket and not one that’s been vacuum sealed: vacuum sealed meats need to be washed and if the meat touches water then it needs to be cooked within 18 minutes, which isn’t going to happen with a brisket!

When it comes to doing the trimming you want to make sure that you cut off any overhanging pieces, square up the edges and leave about 5mm (¼ inch) of fat on top. As we’re cooking the brisket whole, that’s as far as we’re going to go – some people like to separate the point from the flat but we don’t need to.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 5Texans aren’t shy either…

Next, apply your rub. Liberally. Put some on, and pat it down. Keep applying until it won’t stick anymore. Then you’re done.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe: The Smoker

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 6On the smoker…

Dial your BBQ or smoker in to 275F (135C). Make sure you have a water pan to help keep the cut moist. You can use a drip pan with a little water to catch the drippings off your brisket to make sauces, gravies etc. Throw in a few chunks of your favourite smoking wood (I like apple), close up the smoker and leave it alone for three hours.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 7A smoker is a beautiful thing!

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 8At the three-hour mark…

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 9Spritz & Foil…

At the three-hour mark you should be finding yourself in ‘The Stall’ – a period of time where the temperature of the meat seems stuck between 160F – 170F (71C – 77C). This happens as moisture forms on the surface of the meat, which when exposed to air creates an evaporative cooling effect.

You can just power through it. Eventually the temperature will start to rise again. Or you can do the ‘Texas Crutch’. This involves placing the piece of meat on a large piece of foil, adding some liquid and sealing it up.  The trade-off will be moisture vs bark. If you don’t crutch, then your brisket has a higher chance of drying out but you will have better bark. If you do crutch, your brisket will probably be moister but your bark will also be moist.

In this case I spritzed the brisket and wrapped it in heavy duty aluminium foil. If you do foil it, then you don’t need to worry about putting any more wood on there for smoking.

Now you can leave it alone for another 3 hours. At the three-hour mark you can check your brisket for internal temperature. You’re looking for 195F – 210F (90C – 99C). The magic number is 203F (95C). If you’re not there, wrap it back up and put it back for another hour. If you are, wrap it back up, put the whole package in a dry esky and tuck it in tightly with a towel. This will keep your brisket toasty warm for hours and will also let you rest the meat which is really important.

The minimum that you need to rest the brisket for is one hour. While your brisket is resting, you can start preparing the rest of your foods.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 10So simple and so delicious…

Peel and chunk 1 kg of sweet potatoes and boil them for approximately 15 minutes until soft. Drain the potatoes and put them back in the saucepan. Add 1/4 cup of margarine (not butter – you can’t serve dairy and meat at the one meal), 1 egg, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp of kosher salt and mash it all together. Then gently stir the pecans. Spray a baking tray with a neutral oil (coconut is good as it will make the pie taste a little sweeter) and put the mixture into the tray.  Smooth out the top with a spatula and put it into an oven that’s been preheated to 350F (180C) for 20 minutes, until golden brown on top.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe: Veggie Kebobs

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 11Sides don’t come much simpler than this…

While you’re waiting on the pie, chop 4 mall red potatoes, 1/3 medium red capsicum, 1/3 medium green capsicum, 1/3 medium yellow capsicum, 2 zucchini,  into bite-sized pieces, thread them and a punnet of vine-ripened cherry tomatoes onto some skewers (soak them in water first if you’re using wooden ones). Brush them with the olive oil and season with salt. Don’t grill them yet though.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe: Homemade Matza Bread

Once the pie is finished (cover with foil and towel to keep it warm), increase the temperature to 480F (250C) and put in a non-stick baking tray, allowing the tray to get nice and hot.

Put 1 cup of plain flour in a bowl and prepare a surface by sprinkling it with flour. Add the water a little at a time, combining to make a dough. Put it on the prepared surface and knead for roughly a minute. Break the mixture into 4 and then roll each piece out into very thin discs, approximately 15 centimetres (6 inches) across. Prick it several times with a fork to ensure no chance of it rising. Pull the tray out of the oven, quickly put on the Matza Bread and put them back in the oven. They will need two minutes on either side, at which point they will be lightly browned and crispy. Put them on a rack to cool and then brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Now you can head back outside, quickly grill your kebobs and bring your brisket back into the house.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe: Plating Up

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 12The done brisket…

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 13Bendy bendy…

To slice brisket, start at the end of the flat and cut against the grain to ensure the meat is as tender as possible. Once you’ve cut to where the point rises from the flat, you’ll find a thin layer of fat running between the two. Run your knife through this layer of fat to separate them and continue slicing each piece against the grain. This is important as the two muscles run in different directions.

If you’ve cooked it right, a slice the width of a pencil will bend over your finger. If it doesn’t bend, then it hasn’t reached the ideal internal temperature. If it breaks apart, then you’ve overdone it.

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 14I’m a happy Pitmaster!

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 15Hey there good lookin!

To plate up, simply grab whatever amounts you want and throw them on a plate. I really enjoyed breaking off a piece of Matzah, and putting on a bite-sized piece of brisket and a small spoonful of sweet-potato pie. The savoury of the beef and sweetness of the pie combined really well with the softness of the pie and the crunchiness of the Matza. It was amazing!

Texan Brisket Passover Recipe 16Even serving is simple!

If you are Jewish then you most likely know everything I’ve talked about here, but if not, your Jewish friends and family are really going to appreciate this Texan Passover feast. Enjoy!

32 thoughts on “Texan Brisket Passover Recipe”

    1. Hi Jim,

      That’s a really good question. There are several variables to consider such as the thickness of the piece of meat, how well you wrap it in the esky etc.

      If you pull it off the smoker at 195 – 198F then that should do it.

      Ben

  1. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you
    get a lot of spam responses? If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

    1. Hi, I actually don’t. I have set everything to manual so that I have to view and approve every comment that comes in before the reading public can view it. That was I can keep my comment feeds spam-free. What have you been doing to date?

  2. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely
    donate to this superb blog! I guess for now
    i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to fresh updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

  3. This is the correct blog for anyone who desires to find
    out about this matter. You realize so much its almost difficult to argue with
    you (not that I really would need… HaHa). You undoubtedly set a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years.
    Fantastic items, just excellent!

  4. whoah this blog is wonderful i love reading your posts. Many people are hunting around for this information, you can help them greatly.

  5. My brother suggested I might like this web site.
    He was totally right. This post actually made my day.
    You can’t imagine just how much time I had spent looking for this info!
    Thanks!

  6. It’s difficult to locate knowledgeable folks on this issue, but you
    sound like you understand what you’re talking about! Thanks

  7. Wow! A nice and juicy brisket. I just closed my smoker lid and waiting for the brisket being prepared. Can’t wait to taste. I know its gonna be awesome. Thanks Ben.

  8. This looks so so so delicious. !!! Have always tried brisket with various rubs but never tried with such a simple one !! A must try i guess!! Will surely do! Thanks so much for this post.

  9. “vacuum sealed meats need to be washed and if the meat touches water then it needs to be cooked within 18 minutes”. Just curious if this is to keep Kosher or some other reason?

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thanks for reaching out. It’s always best practice to wash vacuum-sealed meats, just in case. The thing with kosher is that after a food touches water, it has to be cooked within 18 minutes. Now, I’m not Jewish, but I researched Kosher foods before I wrote this article and I couldn’t find any exceptions for meat so I must assume that meat needs to be cooked within 18 minutes if it’s to be Kosher.

      Hope that helps,

      Ben

Leave a Reply