National Brisket Day | May 28
National Brisket Day | May 28


Every year on May 28th, National Brisket Day celebrates one of the nine prime cuts of beef. Brisket comes from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal and when prepared correctly, renders both flavor and tenderness.


Brisket is a tough and relatively inexpensive cut of meat. While it requires some patience to cook brisket to tenderness, the reward is well worth the effort. Select a well-marbled cut of meat. The fat will keep the brisket moist and add flavor to the final product. Season it well and give it a dark sear.  This will seal in the juices. Cook it slow and cook it long.

It can be cooked in the oven or over indirect heat over charcoal or wood. Many times oak, pecan, hickory, or mesquite is added to the other hardwoods to enhance the flavor. Brisket will be fork tender when it is fully cooked and is then served with or without a sauce.

If you have the grill fired up, go ahead and add some sweet corn and cauliflower, too. Both love the grill and they also complement brisket very well. There are plenty of recipes on the internet that will satisfy all sorts of tastes. Coleslaw and pasta salad also goes well with brisket. Add fresh fruit for this holiday. Depending on where you live, watermelon might be coming into season, but a fresh Waldorf salad would fit the bill, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE National Brisket Day

How do you prepare your brisket? Share your tips and recipes. While you’re at it, explore other recipes and flavors, too. If you don’t have a brisket recipe, enjoy this Bangin’ Smokey Beef Brisket recipe.

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National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this smoking hot holiday.