Memorial Day Rain? No Problem. Bring Your Brisket Indoors

Cooking out on Memorial Day is something people do all across the country. In Texas, that means time spent over the grill or, if you're smart, the smoker. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is not cooperating this Memorial Day, with rain chances above 70 percent and likely heavy rains threatening to soak your barbecue plans.

You could have cooked ahead — smoked brisket is excellent reheated — but it's too late for that, buddy. So, why not try the next best thing?

A few years back, I shared my recipe for oven-cooked "barbecue" brisket aimed at people who live in apartments or don't have the joy of a smoker at home. I put "barbecue" in quotes here because we all know that is not what anything made in the oven is, but this gives you the deliciousness of a brisket with the feel of the outdoors even when you are trapped inside on a rainy day.

This can't exactly take the place of a smoked brisket, but it makes for a pretty damn fine replacement and salvages a holiday meant to be spent outside. So put a loop of beach scenes on the big screen, chill some beer in the fridge and blend up a couple of margaritas. It will feel just like a sunny day even if that isn't what it looks like outside your window.
KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
Contact: Jeff Balke