- Associated Press - Saturday, May 18, 2013

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Turns out Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a pretty good cook.

NASCAR’s most popular driver celebrated Mother’s Day by cooking a brisket for his mom. It was such a rousing success, he’s been tabbed to cook again for the family.

“Everybody loved it and we didn’t have any left. That was fun,” Earnhardt said at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I am excited and my mom wants me to do that over the holidays now, so I am excited about that. But we are going to cook two next time so we will have some leftovers, because we could have really used some brisket that next day.”

Earnhardt revealed two weeks ago that he’s trying to learn how to barbeque and was following Myron Mixon’s recipe from the cookbook “Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue.” So thrilled with how his brisket came out, Earnhardt texted Mixon to tell him and credits the cook for helping him pull off his Mother’s Day treat.

“I don’t know if that was pot luck, or I had a good recipe to go by for sure,” Earnhardt said, admitting it was the first time he’d ever slow-cooked. He started the brisket at 9 a.m. last Sunday after running the night before at Darlington Raceway, and dinner was at 6 p.m.

“I injected the brisket that night (after Darlington) and put it in the refrigerator, so we had been working on it all night and all the next day. It was good and I am ready to do it again.”



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