Heat the oil in a large deep fry pan or pot over medium-high heat. Season the brisket generously with black pepper. Place in the pan and cook until the surface is a rich brown color, not burnt, but dark. Lift the roast up and scatter the onions in the pan. Place the uncooked side of the roast down onto the onions. Repeat the browning process.
Add the garlic to the pan, and fill with enough water to almost cover the roast. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid or tight-fitting foil. Simmer for 4 hours, turning the roast over once halfway through. The roast should be fork tender.
Remove the brisket to a serving platter. Bring the broth in the pan to a simmer, scraping the bottom to loosen any browned bits. Cook until reduced to a thin gravy. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
The simple things in life are often the best.
After watching Howard Wallowitz of Big Bang Theory fame lose his mind over his mother's Brisket I was inspired to create this dish.
Its not easy to make this dish in Australia. The cut is usually used for corned beef. Having a butcher associate custom cut and roll a brisket for me, I was ready to start.
This recipe lept out at me. I love braising in a dutch oven I make chilli, pork and beans and braised steak and onions regularly.
There's nothing to this dish, just make sure to check it regularly so it doesn't catch. I'm sure Howard's mother wouldn't mind a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce in it either. - 06 Jun 2012