How to Remove Silverskin on a Brisket


The brisket is cut from the lower front part of the cow, and it’s typically a boneless selection that is known for its rich, meaty flavor. When slow-smoked or braised, the beef becomes tender. Before preparing your brisket for cooking, though, remove the desired amount of fat and silverskin, which is a silvery connective tissue that covers the meat.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp utility knife
  • Large cutting board
  • Place the brisket on the cutting board.

  • Insert the tip of the knife under the silverskin.

  • Turn the knife slightly so that it tilts upward and cut through a long strip. Discard the strip and repeat the step until all of the skin is removed.

  • Turn the brisket over and repeat the process on the other side.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, you can save up to $2 a pound by trimming your own meat.
  • Use separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables, so you don’t cross-contaminate food.

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