Friday, May 27, 2011

May 28th is National Brisket Day!

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Today is National Brisket Day! It's kind of ironic that this year it's at the end of National Vegetarian Week. If you didn't know there was a Brisket Day or Vegetarian Week, now you do.

Brisket is one of those tough cuts of beef. If cooked wrong, can be a tough piece of leather. On the other hand, if cooked right it can be tender, juicy, and flavorful.

Brisket is from the lower chest area between the forelegs. This muscle of the steer gets a lot of work and isn't much fat marbling. Much of the brisket used today is made into corned beef, pastrami, or pot roast.


Brisket of Beef Sandwich
Langer's Deli
Los Angeles


Since Saturday is National Brisket Day, I celebrated by having lunch at Langer's Deli. Known for their pastrami (the #19 is my favorite), Langer's is another LA landmark that we went to growing up. Langer's has been carving it up for over 60 years and a James Beard Award Winner in 2001. But today, it's all about the brisket of beef. Might have to do a follow-up on their pastrami, which happens to be my favorite pastrami place.


Brisket of Beef
on a French Roll

I forgot to bring my special mustard...


So today we honor the Brisket of Beef. A tough muscle that can be smoked to perfection or cured and brined for corned beef. It's a common cut of meat used in Vietnamese pho, you know it's one of my favorites.


Pass the mustard, Let's Eat!


BTW, the #19 at Langer's is pastrami, swiss cheese, and cole slaw with Russian style dressing


704 S Alvarado Street
Los Angeles, CA 90557
(213) 483-8050
Monday - Saturday 8 am - 4 pm
www.langersdeli.com


Photos by Jay Terauchi

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