Umami, ooh my! beef brisket - southern bbq sauce contest

2 servings
15 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 2
Two parts fresh pineapple juice

One part soy sauce

One part fresh-brewed green tea

One-half teaspoon Southern BBQ Cajun Seasoning

Dash of cayenne pepper


  • Pineapple juice, despite being sweet, soy sauce, despite its saltiness, and green tea, despite its mild flavor, actually have high levels of umami flavor.
  • The flavors combine well and aren't overpowering, so inject the mixture liberally throughout the brisket.
  • The rub combines Southern BBQ's Louisiana Sweet Mesquite rub with another food high in umami: grated Parmesan cheese. About three parts rub to one Parmesan should work. After the whole brisket is liberally coated, smoke it for 1.5-2 hours per pound.
  • Unlike the other four tastes, umami from different ingredients produces a synergistic effect; in other words, a fifty-fifty mixture of two umami flavors can produce as much as eight times the flavor of either ingredient alone!
  • So grab a beer, play a game of flip cup, and enjoy this "Absolutely Cajun, Positively Delicious" umami experience!"


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