Chocolate Braised Beef Brisket

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15 servings

This chocolate-braised brisket is great for grilling and for a dinner menu option. Plus, it pairs well with potatoes and polenta. 


1 10-lb. brisket
8 oz. cocoa rub mix
8 oz. espresso
2 diced onions
2 lb. diced carrots
8 garlic cloves
4 celery stalks
1 bulb fennel
1 cup red wine
3 oz. tomato paste
1 gal. beef stock
1 lb. bitter dark chocolate
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Trim extra fat off brisket. Rub down with cocoa rub. Sear beef in large pan, until brown on each side. Remove and add vegetables and garlic. 
  2. After sweating vegetables, add tomato paste for two minutes and deglaze with wine. 
  3. Add stock, espresso and chocolate. Bring to simmer, add beef back, braise in oven at 325°F for about 3 hours or until fork tender. Remove beef and allow to rest. Skim fat off liquid. 
  4. Purée braising liquid until smooth and adjust with salt and pepper to use as sauce. 
  5. Slice brisket, cover with sauce and serve with any type of potato or polenta.
Source: SODO Kitchen, Taqueria, Little Pond Sushi and Noodle Bar

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