Brisket in a Hurry Tacos with Chili Jam

Brisket in a Hurry Tacos with Chili Jam

Long before there was modern fusion cuisine, people cooked Chino-Latino. It originated with Chinese laborers who immigrated to Cuba and Trinidad and elsewhere in the Caribbean to work the plantations. They developed a unique mashup of Asian and West Indian cooking.

Korea meets Mexico in this recipe: Korean-style brisket served Mexican-style, in a taco. It’s a healthier way to eat brisket: a little meat, a lot of vegetables, and explosively-flavored condiments.

Other Recipes from Episode 211: Chino-Latino


Brisket in a Hurry Tacos with Chili Jam

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8
  • Method: Direct grilling
  • Equipment: An electric meat slicer; small tongs (full-size tongs would be cumbersome to handle such small thin slices of meat); Japanese mandolin for slicing cucumbers, or use food processor with thin slicing disk


  • 2 pounds hunk of brisket (cut from the thickest part of the flat and point)

To Serve

  • 1 package small taco-size corn or flour tortillas
  • Sesame oil for basting
  • Chili Jam
  • Pickled carrots
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, broken into leaves, washed, and spun dry
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced

Recipe Steps

1: The day before, trim any excess fat off the brisket (by excess, I mean more than 1/2 inch.) Save a few pieces of that fat in the refrigerator for greasing the grill grate. If you have an electric meat slicer, place the whole brisket point in the freezer. If you plan to use a food processor, cut the brisket point along the grain into chunks just narrow enough to fit in the processor feed tube. Take note of which way the grain of the meat (the meat fibers) runs: when it comes time for slicing, it’s very important to cut it across the grain.

2: If you have an electric meat slicer, cut the frozen brisket across the grain into paper-thin slices. As they come off the slicer, they’ll naturally curl into rolls. Arrange them on a platter.

3: If using a food processor, install the thinnest possible slicing blade (1/8 inch). Place the frozen brisket chunks in the feed tube (the grain of the meat should run vertical and parallel to the feed tube). Turn on the processor and slice the meat. The slices won’t be quite as pretty as on a meat slicer, but you will get the requisite thinness. Keep the sliced brisket on its platter in the freezer until the moment of serving. The brisket can be sliced and frozen several hours ahead.

4: A few hours before serving, make the Chili Jam and Pickled Carrots. Have the cucumbers thinly sliced.

5: Just prior to grilling, heat your grill to high. Oil the grate with chunks of brisket fat. Warm the tortillas and place on a dish covered with a dishcloth to keep warm.

6: Arrange the brisket slices on the grate and grill until browned on both sides, 30 seconds per side, or until cooked to taste. For even more fun, place the hibachi in the center of the table and have each guest grill his own meat.

7: To serve, spread each tortilla on one side with chili jam. Top with a lettuce leaf. Add cucumber slices and pickled carrots. Top with the grilled brisket. Serve at once. Eat like a taco and get ready for one of the most amazing brisket dishes on Planet Barbecue.

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