Texas-Style Beef Brisket: The Official Cut of Independence Day

The Fourth of July. It’s the biggest grilling day of the year. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend your holiday weekend getting a menu together. We’re here to help you put together an Independence Day plan that fills up your stomach, not your to-do list.

It all starts with an easy entree that steals the show. We all love burgers and brats as much as the next guy, but come on, it’s a holiday! A Texas-style Beef Brisket will get the job done and then some. Paired with the right sides, you can’t go wrong.

But first, let’s talk brisket.

Texas-Style Beef Brisket. Less prep. More yum.

The Morton’s of Omaha Texas Recipe Beef Brisket has everything you could ever want in an easy, breezy Independence Day meal. This cut comes pre seasoned and ready to cook, so you can spend more time on the things that matter— whether that’s hanging out with the family or whipping up some delicious side dishes.

Plus, cooking’s easy.

Smoking is the most authentic way to cook a Texas-style brisket. And, the process is relatively simple.

  1. Fill a small metal container with water and place it close to the heat source.
  2. Then, place the seasoned brisket directly on the rack and open-cook for 2 hours.
  3. Afterwards, wrap the brisket in aluminum foil and cook for 4 more hours, or until the thickest part reaches 160ºF.

But our brisket tastes great in a conventional oven too. Follow these easy steps.

  1. Fill a small ovenproof dish with water and place it close to the heat source.
  2. Place the brisket on an ovenproof tray and cook for 2 hours at 250ºF.
  3. Wrap your brisket in aluminum foil and cook for 4 more hours, or until the thickest part reaches 160ºF.

Whether you choose the oven or the smoker, make sure you think low and slow. The key to the perfect brisket is tenderness. When the heat source is too intense, this cut could dry out.

What makes it Texas-Style?

Texas-style BBQ is all about the seasoning. That’s why our Morton’s of Omaha Texas Recipe Beef Brisket comes pre-seasoned with a classic Texas-Style BBQ rub. That means less prep time, and also much less cleanup. Plus, we use USDA Choice beef that’s a product of the USA.

Chef-Inspired Side Dishes for Texas-Style Beef Brisket

Now that you have the brisket under control, you can focus on the rest of the menu. There’s nothing better than a Fourth of July meal with a table full of options to fill out your plate. Try these chef-inspired favorites:

  1. Cole Slaw: It’s a cool (literally and figuratively) side that perfectly offsets the summer heat. Plus, the tangy flavor complements our Texas-Style seasoning in a really satisfying way. Cole slaw can even be used as a topping on a brisket sandwich.
  2. Baked Beans: Sounds simple, but there’s a million ways to prepare it. Some people like it spicy, some people like it with bacon, the possibilities are endless. Try a few recipes to find your favorite.
  3. Mac N’ Cheese: Mac n’ cheese goes the quickest, no matter what other side dishes are available. Maybe it’s the flavor or maybe it’s nostalgia, but there’s something about mac n’ cheese that gives it a near-flawless approval rating.
  4. Cornbread Pudding: Sour cream, cornbread mix, butter. What’s not to love? Cornbread has long been a staple of BBQ plates across the country, but the pudding variety takes this side dish to a whole new level.

Texas-Style Dinner is Served

Don’t forget, presentation is everything. So don’t underestimate your table space. If you have any extra folding tables or card tables, go ahead and bring them outside so you have plenty of space for both the sides and the entree. Don’t worry if your tables aren’t fancy, a paper tablecloth can go a long way. And you can find a festive one at any grocery store.

Luckily, you can let Morton’s of Omaha handle the main course while you decide what extra dishes will bring the whole menu together. Once you nail the perfect combination, you’ll have a winning Independence Day celebration on your hands.

Check out the Morton’s of Omaha Texas Recipe Brisket .