What's the Deal with Brisket?

Brisket isn't just the star of Arby's new Smokehouse Brisket sandwich. It's also beloved from coast to coast. But how much do you actually know about it? We're here to answer your questions.


What is brisket?

Brisket refers to a particular cut of meat, coming from the breast or lower chest of the cow. It's packed with flavor but can be tough if cooked too quickly. The connective tissue needs breaking down if it's to be tender, so slow cooking methods work best.

What's the best way to prepare brisket?

The best method we've found is like the brisket featured on Arby's new Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich: slow-smoked. Arby's uses hickory wood for its smoke. This style is big in Texas but is loved anywhere great meat is appreciated.

What's so special about Texas style brisket?

Since brisket has so much fat and connective tissue, it's ideal for the low and slow cooking method that pitmasters have perfected over the years. Since it takes so long to cook over low heat, that connective tissue has time to break down into delicious, tender meat, while the brisket stays moist.

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