A Jewish-Style Brisket That Tips its Hat to Texas BBQ

We’ve partnered with Muir Glen to celebrate the season with recipes, tips, and videos that make holiday entertaining easy, elegant, and totally stress-free. Here, cookbook author and food writer Leah Koenig shares the story behind her go-to holiday brisket recipe.

For a tough and rather humble cut of meat, brisket (the slab of muscle and fat surrounding a cow’s breastbone) is deeply and reverently loved. In Texas, brisket is synonymous with barbecue. There, pit masters smoke the meat for an extended time, piling soft, juicy slices onto butcher paper or sandwiching bites of brisket between two ends of a squishy roll.