Wednesday, March 30, 2016

BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam


I have never made brisket before. I have no clue why either. I can tell you that I was totally missing out. Especially when you can turn it into something as delicious as this! It is so worth it. 



Tender beef brisket layered with cheese and bacon jam, yes bacon jam. Then grilled to perfection until you have melty gooey amazingness. 


Call it man worthy, call it just plain delish!


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Ingredients

For The Brisket:
5-6 pounds brisket at room temperature
2 ounces liquid smoke
1 ounce Worcester Sauce
1 cup prepared Barbecue sauce (your choice)
1 cup cola 
1 whole onion sliced
3 cloves garlic smashed

For The Bacon Jam:
1 1/2 lbs. bacon
2 sweet yellow onions, sliced into thin ribbons
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon kosher alt
1 teaspoon black pepper

For The Grilled Cheese:
8 slices Texas Toast or Italian Bread
butter
2 cups cheddar jack cheese
4-5 slices leftover brisket, shredded


Directions 

For The Brisket
Place meat in a foil lined baking pan that is enough to fully enclose the meat. Pour Liquid Smoke, Worcester Sauce, BBQ sauce, and cola over the meat. Lift up the meat so it's underneath. Sprinkle the onions and garlic on top and around the brisket.

Crimp the foil tightly over the meat.

Bake at 275 degrees for 5 hours. 

Cool and slice into thin pieces.

For The Bacon Jam:
Roughly chop the bacon and cook it in a heavy pot until nice and crispy. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Saute the onion and garlic cloves in the bacon fat for 5 minutes, until soft and starting to turn golden. Return the bacon to the pan, add the brown sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for half an hour, or until deep golden and thickened to the consistency of jam. (Store any extra in the fridge)

For The Grilled Cheese:
Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of butter on one side of each piece of bread. To make the sandwich, place a piece of bread buttered-side down. Spread 1 tablespoon of the bacon jam on the bread that is butter side down.

Cover the unbuttered side with shredded Cheddar cheese, then a layer of brisket, followed by a layer of shredded Monterey Jack cheese.

Place another piece of bread unbuttered side down on top. Repeat for remaining sandwiches.

Heat a pan, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Cook 1 or 2 sandwiches at a time, until golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted.
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21 comments :

  1. This pretty much sounds like the ultimate sandwich! Brisket, bacon jam and grilled cheese all together?! Oh swoon! My husband would go crazy for this - and while I'm not a big red meat eater normally, I'm pretty sure I'll be a huge fan too :)

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  2. Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely delicious and yummy and beautiful and WOW! My family would LOVE this. We just might have to give it a try this weekend when everyone is at home and we have time to get creative in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing. So glad to connect with you through the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

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  3. Wow your grilled cheese sandwich sure looks delicious. I co-host a blog party on Monday called Cooking and Crafting with J & J at Julie's Lifestyle. I would love to have you share this with us next week. Thanks and enjoy the weekend.
    Julie

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  4. I have never heard of bacon jam. Anything with bacon...yum. (Must be nitrate free.) Thanks for sharing on Let's Get Real Friday Link Party.

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    1. It can totally be made with nitrate free bacon. :)

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  5. These look really good! The Grilled Cheese Academy is having their annual contest - you should check it out!

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  6. I love Brisket & this sandwich sounds fabulous! I also can't wait to try the Bacon Jam, Pinned :-) I would love for you to share this at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up at: www.marathonsandmotivation.com

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  7. This looks like the ultimate Grilled Cheese, thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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  8. Mmm this grilled cheese sounds amazing! I wish I had one for lunch today. Yum!

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  9. Bacon Jam! That sounds great! The sandwich looks delicious! Thanks for partying at Snickerdoodle Sunday. I'll be featuring this at tomorrow's party. Hope to see you there!

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  10. We put brisket out on the smoker all the time and now we can make these to devour!

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    1. I do not have a smoker. I really wish I did. I hope you like them!

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  11. How many servings does this meal make?

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    1. Hi there! This recipe will make 4 sandwiches depending on how much beef you pile on. :)

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