Tuesday, May 28, 2013

National Brisket Day, National Hamburger Day, and Baby and Me

National Brisket Day - As one of the nine beef prime cuts, brisket is the cut of meat that comes from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. Brisket is best when it is cooked correctly to tenderize the meat. There are many different ways that the perfect cooking process can be done such as slow braising or roasting. Another way that is popular, in the United States, is to rub the brisket with a spice rub or marinade and cook it very slowly over indirect heat from 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.

Here is a traditional brisket recipe: Brisket Recipe

National Hamburger Day - Today is also National Hamburger Day. This day is set aside to honor the hamburger.

For some Hamburger Trivia see: Hamburger Trivia

It is most likely that the hamburger first appeared in the 19th or early 20th century, and there is much controversy over its origin. The true origin might not ever be identified with certainty. Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States.

Since the beginning, many different variants of the hamburger have been created, some of which have become very popular. Much of this diversity comes from restaurant chains that have tried to reproduce the success of other very famous and extremely successful hamburger chains.