Melt in Your Mouth Blackened Brisket

This recipe was born out of the need to please a few picky eating carnivores for a holiday meal. It immediately became a family favorite and the most requested dish of the year.

The unctuousness of the meat makes it seem like something you’d find in a fine dining steak house. While the simplicity of it, makes it a perfect every-man meal that’ll impress even the most discerning of your foodie friends.

Melt in Your Mouth Blackened Brisket

If you're looking for a go-to special occasion meal, or just want something extremely tasty for dinner, look no further, this is it! This brisket is so flavorful, tender, and juicy that it's practically addictive.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people


  • 4 lb beef brisket
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper ground
  • 1 Tbsp sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2 Tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-5 drops liquid smoke
  • 1 roasting pan with a rack


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
    Give your brisket a quick rinse and pat dry with a paper towel (this helps the spices stick to the meat). Then place in your roasting pan on the rack.
  • In a small bowl, mix all dry spices together.
  • Rub all sides of the meat with the dry spice mix as evenly as possible. I do this in the roasting pan so that any of the spices that fall off of the meat will be added to the juices underneath and still add flavor. 
  • Roast uncovered for 1 hour, fat side up. 
    Remove from the oven and lower the oven temp. to 300 degrees. It will already look great and make your house smell amazing. 
  • Mix together beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and a few drops of liquid smoke. Then carefully pour the liquid mix into the pan, under the rack. Do NOT pour the liquid on to the meat! 
  • Cover tightly with foil and put back into the oven and let cook for 3 hours. 
    This is where the magic really happens... Lower the oven temp. to 250 degrees and let it cook for an additional 2 hours. 
  • Take out of the oven and let rest for 30 minutes before removing the foil. It should have a beautifully blackened bark and the fat should be nicely rendered down. 
  • Then just slice thinly and enjoy with your favorite side dishes. 

Fun Thanksgiving Aprons & 3 Pumpkin Bread Recipes

One thing that I love about the fall is pumpkin and pumpkin bread. I also love Thanksgiving because of all of the pumpkin you get to use. Combining things I love like pumpkin, baking and aprons means that I also get to shop for a bunch of fun thanksgiving aprons which are some of the most fun.  You have fun thanksgiving aprons with turkeys talking about cooking turkey, you have fun fall prints like leaves and fall colors like red and yellow.  You also get pilgrim aprons, Indian aprons and even ones that are designer and you can only actually get to wear for the holiday since these thanksgiving aprons are kind of insane and pretty much only appropriate during the holiday.  Below are some random fabulous and fun thanksgiving aprons that you can buy to support this blog and also three things you can do with pumpkin bread to make it even more fun.

pumpkin bread recipe

pumpkin bread recipe

Pumpkin bread recipes.

I like to cheat when I make pumpkin bread. I buy the Libby’s pumpkin bread kits that you can find in the grocery stores. It comes with everything you need except for the 4 eggs, the vegetable oil and water. It also only takes a couple of minutes to put the entire mix together so you can save a ton of time and actually get a really good tasting pumpkin bread. They even give you icing so you don’t have to mix powdered sugar and milk together to create one. Here are 3 fun ideas you can do with your pumpkin bread to make it more fun.

1. Change the flavor.

Anyone can make pumpkin bread and it will taste amazing. Here are three ways to change the flavor a bit so that it becomes a bit different and something that only you know how to do. The first thing I do is take 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and drop it in the bread mix. I then take a teaspoon or less of ancho chili powder to make it spicy. Because pumpkin bread is already thick, you can add in a rich chocolate and spicy kick so it becomes an american version of a Mexican, chocolate flowerless cake. Two other ways to change it are to add in 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar per loaf so you get a cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread. When I pull it out of the oven, I sprinkle another layer of cinnamon sugar on top and then use the icing. The last way I change it is to make it more like pumpkin pie by using pumpkin pie spices like ginger and other flavors you have in pumpkin pies.

2. Pumpkin bread muffins

Anyone can make muffins out of pumpkin bread. You pour it into a muffin tin and bake. Here are a couple of things you can do to make your pumpkin muffins more fun. 1. Cut off the top and then hollow out the inside after you cook them. Fill the inside with strawberries and a buttercream icing or cream cheese icing and then use a little bit of icing on the bottom part of the top to make sure it holds onto the muffin again. The second fun thing to do with a pumpkin muffin is to carve a hole through the top and save the top part so you can place it over the hole. Then melt caramel and a small amount of sea salt and pour your salted caramel into the middle of the muffin. This tastes amazing and everyone will love tasting the pumpkin muffin with the salted caramel inside.

3. Pumpkin bread decorating

Everyone thinks of decorating gingerbread, but pumpkin bread is just as fun for you and your kids. All you have to do is bake it on a large and shallow pan and then use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes once the bread is cooked. You can use the left over bread for other recipes and desserts. You can use gingerbread men shapes, stars, candy canes and anything else. Then give your kids frosting, candy and other fun things that they can use to decorate their pumpkin bread cutouts.

I love Thanksgiving because of the fun things you can do in the kitchen and also because of all of the fabulous thanksgiving aprons you can buy. I also love the flavors which you can only get around this time of year like pumpkin and pumpkin bread. Thank you again for reading and feel free to leave a comment or your own favorite pumpkin bread recipe below.

Thanksgiving Aprons Sale – Thanksgiving Caramel Apple Recipes

Ok, I’m already going Turkey Day crazy and loving some of the fun and fabulous thanksgiving aprons that I have been finding online.  You can see some of my favorite Thanksgiving Aprons below in the widget I placed in this post.  Anyways, with Thanksgiving coming, we also have Black Friday and Cyber Monday so everyone is getting ready to work their budgets for amazing fall foods like butternut squash and pumpkin and something I have been having a ton of fun doing is creating fabulous fall caramel apples that are perfect from now until Turkey Day.  Below are the recipes and a couple of test apples I made.  Also, don’t forget to click through one of the aprons and buy one so I can keep this site running and bringing you even more fun recipes and fabulous Thanksgiving Aprons.

Brown Thanksgiving Apron for Women

Brown Thanksgiving Apron for Women

Thanksgiving Aprons

Thanksgiving Aprons

Fall Caramel Apple Recipes

Here are the fabulous and fun ways I have done caramel apples.  I’ll start with how to make the caramel so you can do it and then go with decorating them.  After we know how to decorate I’ll give you some fabulous variations of how to change the taste of the caramel to make it even more fabulous and fun.

how to make caramel apples

how to make caramel apples

Making the Caramel Sauce and dipping your apples:

After you rinse off your apples in warm water to get all of the wax off and remove the stems so you can put the wooden skewers in, fill a microwaveable bowl full of unwrapped caramels.  This is a regular sized soup bowl in the picture.  Then add in two tablespoons of water.  Now put it in the microwave for 1 minute on high heat.  Take it out and stir it with something that the caramel won’t stick to as easily.  You can use a frosting stick, fork, spoon, etc…  Now put it back in the microwave for another 1 or 2 minutes and then stir again.  You may notice the caramel looks like it has dirty water in it…this is normal and as you stir it until it becomes a thick liquid you can dip your apples in like you would expect to see with a caramel apple. Once your caramel is ready to dip your apples in, lay a sheet of wax paper or find a non stick pan to place your apples on.

Take one apple and dip it into the caramel sauce.  Hold it over the bowl and let the caramel drip off of it until the dripping slows to every 10 or 15 seconds.  I pulled the excess off with a spoon.  Now you are ready to decorate the apple you dipped.

easy way to make caramel apples

easy way to make caramel apples

Pumpkin caramel apples:

This one is fun.  Place orange M&Ms or M&M minis on a plate and roll your caramel apple through it.  Now you have a fun caramel apple that looks like a pumpkin.  You can also color the stick green.

Candycorn apples:

One that I love is to roll it through candy corns.  It looks very fall and festive.


If you have chocolates that are shaped like leaves, you can place them around the apples by hand and then fill in the excess space with red, yellow and other fall color M&Ms to decorate the apples.

Pumpkin Caramel Apples:

One way to change the flavor and make your caramel apples more fun for the fall is to add in a bit of pumpkin spice and other fall flavors.  Mix it into the caramel as you’re spinning and make sure to take a small taste, but don’t burn your mouth.  These can taste awesome if you do it right.

Salted caramel chocolate apple:

Take 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and mix it into the caramel.  Then once you have it on, roll it in chocolate or use a double boiler to melt chocolate and dip the caramel apple a second time.  This one is amazing.

Regardless of what you like or love for Turkey Day, caramel apples are amazing and fun to make.  You can also find a ton of fabulous styles of Thanksgiving Apons on sale by clicking through any of the links and images you see on this blog.  Just make sure you click through and purchase without leaving the site (even for a coupon code) so I get credit for the sale and can pay for the site and to make new recipes.  Thank you again for reading and feel free to come back and share your favorite Thanksgiving Aprons, caramel apple recipes and how your holiday went.