Paddock To Plate

Try Matt Moran's take on the old meat and three vegetables prepared with flavourful slow-cooked smoked brisket.


  • 2 cups hickory woodchips, soaked in water for 20 minutes, then drained

  • 2 600 gm pieces of beef brisket

  • Barbeque sauce

  • 250 ml (1 cup) tomato ketchup

  • 30 gm brown sugar

  • 30 ml each apple cider vinegar and white wine vinegar

  • 30 ml Worcestershire sauce

  • 30 ml espresso coffee

  • 1 small dried red chilli, chopped

  • 1 tsp mustard powder

  • Baked potatoes with horseradish cream

  • 6 medium sized baking potatoes, such as Desiree, Coliban, King Edward or Kennebec, washed, pricked all over with a fork and wrapped in foil

  • 250 gm crème fraîche

  • 3 tbsp finely grated fresh horseradish or 2 tbsp jarred horseradish

  • Juice of ½ lemon

  • Glazed Dutch carrots

  • 300 gm Dutch carrots peeled and trimmed

  • 50 gm butter

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 150 ml chicken stock or water

  • Sautéed beans

  • 300 gm green beans, trimmed and blanched

  • 50 ml olive oil

  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed


  • 1.

    Place wood chips in the base of a metal bucket or tin, place the pieces of brisket on a cake rack that fits snugly inside the bucket and place into the smoking bucket. Place the bucket onto high heat (a gas stove is ideal for this), then once the chips start to smoke turn down to a low heat and leave to gently smoke for 30-45 minutes.

  • 2.

    Preheat oven to 100C. Transfer the rack with smoked brisket into a casserole or roasting tray and pour 1cm water into the base.  Cover with foil and/or a lid and bake until fork tender (9-10 hours).  Reserve about 250ml of the pan juices to thin down the barbeque sauce, then chill the beef in the refrigerator.

  • 3.

    To make the barbeque sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil in medium high heat, stir to dissolve sugar, season to taste. Set aside at room temperature or if you’re making it in advance, transfer to a sterile container and refrigerate until required.

  • 4.

    Preheat oven to 180C. An hour before you are ready to serve, place foil-wrapped potatoes in the oven until tender when pierced with a small knife (45-55 minutes), keep warm. Combine the crème fraîche with the horseradish and lemon juice in a bowl, season to taste with sea salt and set aside.

  • 5.

    To make the honey-glazed carrots, combine the carrots in a heavy-based saucepan with the butter, honey and stock, cover with a lid and simmer over medium until just tender (12-15 minutes). Uncover and simmer until the liquid caramelises and reduces to a glaze (10-12 minutes). Season to taste, remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

  • 6.

    To finish off the beef brisket, slice into thick pieces and place in a frying pan, pour over the barbeque sauce, adding extra pan juices if necessary to thin down to a thin, syrupy glaze. Warm very gently over low heat for 4-6 minutes.

  • 7.

    Meanwhile to make the sautéed beans, saute the beans in a frying-pan over medium heat with the olive oil, garlic and a pinch of salt, tossing all the while until hot and fragrant (3-4 minutes).

  • 8.

    When ready to serve unwrap potatoes from foil and make a crisscross in the top and press down on all four quarters and add a spoonful of horseradish crème to each.

  • 9.

    Serve vegetables and meat on platters or individual plates, making sure to spoon over some extra BBQ sauce.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 991kj
  • Fat Total 59g
  • Saturated Fat 23g
  • Protein 43g
  • Carbohydrate 73g
  • Sugar 26g
  • Sodium 679mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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