Updated: Aug 15
Bison Brisket is a flavorful and tender cut that can be cooked to perfection with the right technique. Follow this short cooking guide to prepare a delicious meal and learn how to cook a Bison Brisket to perfection:
Preparing the Brisket:
Remove the Bison Brisket from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This allows for more even cooking.
Pat the brisket dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
Bison meat has a rich flavor that pairs well with various seasonings. Season the Brisket generously with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and any additional herbs or spices of your choice. Consider using garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or a barbecue rub to enhance the flavors.
Because Bison Brisket is so lean, we recommend adding a fat layer such as pork belly or bacon during cooking to help maintain the moisture in the meat.
Smoking: Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C). Place the seasoned Bison Brisket on the smoker, fat-side up. Smoke the brisket for several hours, maintaining a consistent temperature, until the internal temperature reaches around 195°F (90°C) to 203°F (95°C) and the meat becomes tender. This can take approximately 10-12 hours, depending on the size of the brisket.
Oven Braising: Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Heat a large oven-safe pot or Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of oil and sear the seasoned Bison Brisket on all sides until browned. Remove the brisket from the pot and set it aside. Add chopped onions, carrots, celery, and minced garlic to the pot and sauté until softened. Return the brisket to the pot and add beef broth or a combination of broth and other liquids such as red wine or beer. Cover the pot and transfer it to the preheated oven. Braise the brisket for approximately 4-5 hours, or until it becomes tender and easily pulls apart.
After cooking, remove the Bison Brisket from the heat source and let it rest, tented loosely with foil, for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and juicy brisket.
Slicing and Serving:
Slice the Bison Brisket against the grain, which helps to maximize tenderness. This means cutting perpendicular to the lines of the muscle fibers. Serve it as the centerpiece of your meal alongside your favorite barbecue sauce, coleslaw, pickles, and freshly baked rolls.
Bison Brisket offers a delicious and satisfying dining experience. By following these simple steps, you'll be able to enjoy a flavorful Bison Brisket that will impress your family and friends.
Note: Cooking times may vary based on the size and thickness of the brisket. Adjust the cooking time accordingly and ensure the internal temperature reaches a safe level for consumption. Always follow proper food safety guidelines for handling, cooking, and storage.