12/01/2014 11:39 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

9 Ridiculously Great Uses of Brisket

By: Dan Gentile

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In some parts of Texas, putting anything other than salt and pepper on a brisket is considered blasphemy. But to the dismay of more traditional pitmasters (and Spinderella) there's a whole host of folks around the country (and Canada!) who're using brisket to nefariously awesome ends. Here are nine of them, from cider and bourbon to donuts and ice cream.

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Brisket mac and cheese sandwich

Meltkraft (address and info)
Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY
The brisket: Rubbed with paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper, then braised Passover-style in beef stock with a ton of veggies
The grilled cheese scientists at Meltkraft load their five-hour-braised brisket onto artisan country bread, then layer it with one-year cloth-bound cheddar and a scoop of mac and cheese, just in case you were craving more dairy and carbs.

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Deep-fried brisket taco

State Fair of Texas (address and info)
Dallas, TX
The brisket: Hickory smoked, deep-fried, and taco-ified
The Texas State Fair is home to everything from fried Thanksgiving dinner to fried grilled cheese, so it was only a matter of time until they battered Central Texas's greatest export. First, the brisket is lathered up in chili-cheese Fritos, then it takes a quick bath in the fryer before being topped with verde sauce, melted cheese, slaw, corn, and fried okra.

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Brisket donut

Glazed (address and info)
Houston, TX
The brisket: Origin unknown
Houston's mad donut-makers are eagerly awaiting the Houston Rodeo in March to unveil this slow-smoked monstrosity. The source of their meat has yet to be disclosed, but what we do know is that it's doused in sauce and caramelized onions, then rested atop a soft donut glazed in honey butter. So we kind of know a lot.

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Brisket cider

Eastciders (address and info)
Austin, TX
The brisket: Burnt ends from Micklethwait Craft Meats
Old-school British cider-makers would often use meat to kickstart the fermentation process, so the UK expat behind Eastciders choose to go back to his roots, Texas-style, by feeding the yeast pounds of burnt ends. The resulting batch was intended to be a one-off Halloween offering, but was so tasty that they'll be making another round to bottle.

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