We use real NZ grass-fed Halal beef. We season it with our own recipe rub, smoke it with mesquite and slow cook for up to 20 hours until it is so tender it falls apart and melts in your mouth.
Beef (98%), Salt, Spices and Spice Extracts, Sugar, Onion, Garlic, Yeast Extracts, Thickener (1422), Anti-Caking Agent (551), Sunflower Oil. May contain traces of soy beans and gluten.
Eat Hot Or Cold
• Microwave: Microwave package for 30-40 seconds or until hot.
• Stove: Immerse package in hot water for 5-10 minutes or until hot.
Gluten free, no added preservatives, no artificial colours, no artificial flavours
• Keep refrigerated at or below 4oC.
• Best used within 5 days of opening.
Brisket is a funny word, not one the children had heard before and therefore one that instantly aroused their suspicions: both said they were sure they would not like it! We had planned to try some on pizza because we had a really nice recipe that used hickory sauce and tomatoes but did not require many other ingredients, so before putting the pizza together we opened the pack, took out two strips of beef, and cut them into small pieces for everyone to try. As we had thought, the grown-ups liked it. However, the children were pleasantly surprised to find it was really quite tasty and we had to hide the rest or Miss Seven would have eaten the lot!
I can remember being served undercooked brisket as a child and being quite unable to eat it. It was one tough cut of meat! However, this meat was beautifully tender - no stringy bits, and no toughness anywhere. The secret is in the cooking: after seasoning, the meat is slow cooked for hours until it is so soft you barely need to chew it. The texture was perfect: it melted in our mouths and I could understand why Miss Seven was so taken with it.
The flavour is delicious, not too strong, but nicely smoky with the slight aftertaste of a spice I could not quite identify - possibly juniper? I was also pleased to see that this is a low salt product. Many spicy foods rely on herbs and spices other than salt to enhance the taste; this is a bonus when so many ready-to-eat products are high in sodium, especially those at the budget end of the range. It is worth paying a little more to be sure that what you are eating is not an unhealthy option. The slices are moist and slightly greasy, but not overly so, and are fine to eat straight from the packet without reheating at all.
Having done our initial evaluation, we organised the rest on to home-made pizza bases. Our recipe called for smoked brisket and salami pieces, but we decided to omit the salami so we could get the full effect of the brisket. The other main items were tomatoes and hickory sauce. Cheese was not listed in the recipe, but some of the pizza bases already had a cheese topping while others were plain, so we did not add any more. We cooked the bases till they were almost done and then added halved cherry tomatoes and pieces of brisket to finish them off; if we were to have added the toppings at the start of the cooking time, the brisket would have dried out too much.
We served the hickory sauce at the table as we wanted to try the dish both with and without it, and each person was given a piece of both pizzas - with and without cheese topping. I was glad we chose to include the hickory as an optional extra as everyone liked a different combination! Miss Seven did not like the sauce and she chose the cheese base over the plain. Mr Nine liked the plain base with no sauce - he said he wanted to taste the brisket! The adults all preferred it with sauce and cheese as well.
I wanted to try another recipe - possibly adding some brisket to pasta just before serving - but that was not going to happen; it was so good that we had finished the entire packet. Oh well, we will just have to go and buy some more!
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