Texas BBQ Beef Brisket

I only have a gas grill, although fathers day is coming and I would love to get my hands on this one. I made the most unbelievable Beef Brisket and Sauce, using only my gas grill and a wood box.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 – brisket (about 3lbs for this recipe, you can adjust accordingly)
  • Soaked wood chips
  • Texas Brisket Sauce (recipe forthcoming)

Stir together seasonings in a small bowl. Rub onto the top and sides of brisket. Place soaked chips (I usually soak them an hour beforehand) in a wood box or basket directly on the grill over high heat.  When chips begin to smoke place the brisket on the other side of the grill, indirect heat is key so you don’t char the outside of the meat.  I usually keep the temp at about 300, it keeps the smoke hot and doesn’t cook the meat too fast.

Cook for 2 hours turning it twice and adding more wood chips as necessary (keep the smoke coming).  Once it looks nice and brown (about 2 hours) move it to a metal pan and pour the beer into the pan, and drink the rest.  Return the meat (now in the pan) to the grill and cook over very low heat (200-250) for 2 more hours.  Let rest and then slice against the grain (but you already knew that!). Enjoy!

Homemade Ice Cream in 5 minutes

Forget endlessly cranking the handle of an ice-cream maker. After combining the ingredients, you can simply shake up the pouch of soft serve–and it’s done in just 5 minutes.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.)
Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
1 pint-size ziplock bag
1 gallon-size ziplock bag

Instructions

Combine the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly. Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Feel the small bag to determine when it’s done. Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add mix-ins, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Easy cleanup too!