Beef Brisket Burger and Truffle Blue Cheese Coleslaw


It’s a glorious bank holiday Sunday and the clocks went forward last night,  this small event shouts that summer is here, also being 30C degrees outside helps, so today I have decided on a non traditional beef recipe that we can sit around the pool with a few bottles of beer and enjoy the warm breeze.  I Just Love Summer!!!!!!!!


Serves 6

2/3 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons ground red pepper
2 teaspoons BBQ sauce
1 1/2 pound trimmed beef brisket
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
6 burger buns

Combine vinegar, pepper and steak sauce; reserve, cover and refrigerate 1/2 cup of mixture for “mop” sauce. Add steak to remaining mixture and marinate 6-8 hours or overnight.

In small bowl, combine paprika, onion powder, chili powder, garlic powder, sugar and cloves; set aside. Remove steak with tongs, shaking off excess marinade; pat brisket dry with paper towels; place on plate. Discard any remaining marinade.

Spread spice mixture evenly over steak, rubbing into meat. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 4 hours. Remove and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Soak 2-3 handfuls hickory or mesquite wood chips in water 1 hour; drain. Prepare grill for a low, long-burning fire. Place drained wood chips into smoker basket and grill brisket until well browned on both sides, about 10 minutes. Cover grill and continue cooking 10 minutes. Turn meat and baste with 1 tablespoon reserved “mop” sauce; cook 10 minutes more.

Remove meat and wrap in double layer of heavy foil, leaving an opening in top of foil. Pour remaining “mop” sauce through opening; return packet to grill, cover and continue cooking until meat is very tender, 2-2 1/2 hours, basting meat occasionally with “mop” sauce at bottom of foil packet and replenishing wood chips as needed.

Remove packet and let stand 10 minutes; cut into thin slices or, if you prefer “pulled” barbecue, flake meat into strands with fork. Divide evenly among rolls and serve.

Truffle Blue Cheese Coleslaw


1/2 small head green cabbage
1/2 small head red cabbage
4 large carrots, scrubbed or peeled
2 cups (16 ounces) good mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 Truffle salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups crumbled Roquefort blue cheese

We have a large selection of truffle salts available  at

Cut the cabbages in half and then in quarters and cut out the cores. Set up the food processor with the slicing blade (according to manufacturer’s instructions) and place the pieces of cabbage, one at a time, lying horizontally in the feed tube. (If they don’t fit, cut them to fit lying down.) Place the feed tube pusher on top and turn on the processor. Don’t push on the feed tube pusher or the slices will turn out too thick! Continue with the remaining red and green cabbage quarters. Transfer into a large bowl, discarding any very large pieces. Before you pour the dressing on the salad, save a handful of the grated vegetables to decorate for serving. Change the slicing blade for the large shredding blade and cut the carrots so they also lie down in the feed tube. Since the carrots are hard, replace the feed tube pusher and press firmly with the food processor on. Transfer to bowl with the cabbages. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, both mustards, vinegar, celery salt, truffle salt, and pepper. Pour enough mayonnaise dressing over the grated vegetables and toss to moisten well. Add crumbled blue cheese and parsley and toss together. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours to allow the flavors to meld. Serve cold or at room temperature.


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