I have received mixed information what is the right target temperature for Brisket. A lot of online recipes call for 90+ Celsius (mentioning that otherwise it's too tough) but on the other hand I was told at the butcher that 54 Celsius (as for other meets) also goes for Brisket, just better slow-cook it at 90-100 degrees.

Which one is it?


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Brisket is cooked when the connective tissue is properly rendered. This happens sometime after 195ºF (90.5ºC). But you don't use temperature to tell when your brisket is done, you use texture. Use temperature to know when you should start checking (e.g. at 195ºF).

There are many different ways you can do this. Depending on who you ask they will give you their favorite technique. Some of the popular methods are:

I personally use the first method. Using it properly is really about experiencing it. It can be hard to grasp until you actually try it. For my first brisket I was unhappy with checking for "jiggle" since it didn't seem like a very precise way of cooking. After I actually observed the jiggle in my brisket did it become apparent that its actually quite an effective way of telling when it is done.

As per the 54ºC...while technically cooked, it will be a terribly tough brisket. I wouldn't suggest it. Unlike a steak, brisket benefits from rendering all the connective tissue.

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    Yes! Due to steak temperatures and other minimum safety temperatures it's a common misconception that all meats have a "done" temperature. For long-cooking things like brisket and pot roast, it's about the time it takes for the meat to start breaking down - by any "doneness" scale, these cuts would be "overcooked" but it's necessary to make these tough cuts of meat tender and get to the point they fall apart on their own.
    – Catija
    Sep 28, 2021 at 23:11

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