Battle of the Briskets
Our temple, the New Shul, came up with a great idea for a fund raiser. Battle of the Briskets. Members participate and there are judges who decide on the best brisket as well as the peoples choice brisket. Everyone gets a say, and most important, everybody gets to taste. So, I entered my brisket, along with 14 other people. It was really fun. After all, brisket is a very personal thing particularly among the Jews. Everyone has a family recipe and believes theirs is the best.
The judges were Ed Levine from Serious Eats, Gail Simmons from Food & Wine and Josh Newman from Heeb Magazine. I tasted each brisket. Each were different. Some more traditional, others had hints of cumin, others were more of a barbecue thing going on.
In the end, I was thrilled to come in second. It was such a fun evening and am looking forward to doing it again next year, maybe next year the main course will be kugel. Another Jewish dish that is cherished in every household.