This weekend marked 10 years with my husband (although we’ve only been married for 4). We tried to spend our Friday tailgating the Cardinals home opener, but Mother Nature had other plans for us. I suppose it being Friday the 13th didn’t help our case either.
BEER BRISKET MEAT BLOCK SANDWICHES
*1 ½ - 2 lb. beef brisket (left side is best)
*32 oz. beef broth
* Salt and pepper to taste
*1 pkg. ciabatta rolls
*1 pkt. Au Jus gravy
Coat your crock pot with cooking spray and lay the brisket fat side down.
Cover liberally with pepper, and add about ½ as much salt and minced onion.
Pour broth and beer around the sides of the brisket. (Eventually, the liquid will cover the brisket, so don’t be worried if it washes some of the seasoning off the top of the meat.)
Cook on low for 6-12 hours. (I cooked it for 12 hours only because I was up super early, but this isn’t necessary. It does help to make the meat incredibly tender though.)
When you are within 20 minutes of eating, preheat your oven for the rolls, and cook them according to the instructions on the package.
Meanwhile, bring the contents of the Au Jus packet to a boil with half the amount of water suggested on the packet.
Trim the remaining fat off of the brisket, and serve on the ciabatta rolls with between ¼ and ½ cup of Au Jus in a separate bowl per person.
You should wind up with something like this:
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
*1 box devils food cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines)
*1 small instant box chocolate fudge Jell-o pudding
*1 bag milk chocolate chips
*2 cups milk
Combine milk and pudding and milk with an electric mixer.
Add cake mix, but stir in by hand. (DO NOT use a mixer for this step. It will make your brownies deflate.)
Stir in chocolate chips.
Bake in a 9x13” greased casserole dish at 350° for 35 mins.
While we weren’t very impressed by the soup, my husband was much more enthusiastic about the rest of the meal than he normally is. If you’d like to add a side, I recommend preparing Russet potatoes your favorite way. We usually just make mashed potatoes with butter and garlic and garnish with some Au Jus gravy. If you’re concerned about having enough dipping sauce, prepare 2 packets. (I don’t recommend using the residual broth mix though. The beer doesn’t seem to mix well with the potatoes.)
Fortunately, my quality time with the hubby didn’t end last night. We’re spending the evening together tonight as well and hoping that the Blues give another exciting performance!