Brisket braised in cola is a Southern tradition. The sweetness and mellow spice of the cola are nice contrasts to the rich beef. So how come the recipes we tried missed the mark?
Why This Recipe Works
Atlanta Brisket is a braised, southern dish featuring boxed onion soup mix, ketchup, and Atlanta’s own Coca-Cola. We replaced artificial-tasting soup mix with our own blend of sautéed onions, onion and garlic powders, brown sugar, and dried thyme. To ensure that the brisket was seasoned throughout, we pierced it with a fork and salted it overnight before searing it—weighted down with a heavy pot for maximum browning. Finally, we braised the brisket in a mixture of cola and ketchup, which not only flavored the meat but also provided a sweet, tangy sauce to serve with it.