2 lb. brisket in my Old Smokey Electric Smoker

Discussion in 'Beef' started by biggfoot, May 4, 2012.

  1. Good evening,  I'm a novice smoker and this will be my 2nd time smoking meat with my Old Smokey.

    For my test run I did beer brats and boneless chicken breast using hickory wood chips for the smoke.

    I did them together at about 225 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.  Brats were excellent but the chicken seemed a bit dry.

    Anyways, I've got the brisket coming up next.  I'm planning on rubbing it down with plain yellow mustard,

    applying my own dry rub, and setting it overnight.

    My questions is for anybody else who owns an Old Smokey and if they have a good temp setting / time/ internal meat temp for a 2lb. brisket.  I want that melt in your mouth brisket, tender, cut through it like warm butter.

    I don't have my wireless thermometer unit yet (I only have the temperature gauge which captures the smoker's temperature) so I know that I am somewhat at a disadvantage.  I'll just check the internal meat temp maybe one or twice to get it to where I want it.

    So, any ideas as far as a good smoker temp. setting / smoking time / internal meat temp?

    I really want to be known in my family circle as the "smoke master" and I want to learn.  I love cooking and I love good ol' smoked BBQ so I'm trying to bring the two together.  Any help is appreciated.  Thank you.
  2. Welcome!

    For starters, your user name reminds me of this:

    Besides that, I think you're doing well on that long road of experiential learning.

    A 2 Lb hunk of brisket is a great "training wheels" smoke, although I'm not familiar with your smoker type, I'm sure it'll be up to the task.

    Try your hardest to keep your temps between 215-225. I've gotten the best briskets smoking at 215. You've mentioned it'll be a while until your remote unit shows up, but do you have a meat thermo anywhere on hand to take readings? Also, do you have 10 bucks to spend for a cheap oven thermo to keep in your smoker until the time comes?

    With those two tools, you'll be better equipped than you know.

    For a slice-able brisket, you should shoot for 190-195 degrees IT, for a meltingly tender cut, shoot for 200-205. To give yourself a ballpark for how long this should take I would say 70-90 minutes a pound is a good idea for the timeframe; but be warned that this isn't set in stone, cooking by time and temp alone is like painting over all the windows on your car, and trying to drive to the next county thinking "it should take me 60 minutes at 60 miles an hour to get there". I've had 18 LB whole packers finish at 17 hours, and I've had 2.5 lb hunks of flat finish in six you never know.

    Another way to guarantee a tender moist hunk of brisket brisket is to wrap it in foil after the cook. Like a good steak, it'll need about 20 minutes to rest (more time for more meat, though).

    You ca also foil it when it reaches about 160-165 degrees, and finish cooking it on the smoker or in the oven. This is called the "Texas Crutch", despite the fact that I've known very few Texan pitmen who actually do this. This guarantees a trouble-free finish and safe passage through "the stall". Though, for a two-pounder, the stall will be very, very short.

    Now, as far as becoming the "Family Pitmaster", ask questions and learn here, and pay Meathead a visit at Amazingribs.com. He'll walk you through all the basics.

    Good luck!
  3. You don't know how much I appreciated your words of wisdom.  I took what you gave me and ran with it!  Here are some pics:


    Smoking in process right now while I watch my UFC event - looking forward to posting pics of the aftermath lol
  4. So after 4 hours (3 1/2 in the smoker, 30 mins. wrapped in foil) here is the end result of the 2 lb. brisket:


    Excellent taste and a very nice smoky flavor from the apple wood - texture wasn't the "warm buttery" type I was going for but the brisket was easily sliceable.

    I couldn't wait for it to reach 200 degrees for that melt-in-your-mouth texture so next time, I will be more patient and see if I can get my preference next time!
  5. Looks great!

    It takes a real pro to get it to be really buttery.

    I think pushing it to 205, then wrapping it with some beer and finishing it with an hour-long braise at about 180-200 degrees might yield some results in that direction.

    Basically you'd have to treat it like braised short ribs instead of barbecue brisket.

    That looks about perfect, though.
  6. resorts

    resorts Newbie


    Are you still using your "Ol Smokey"? I'm on my second and still love it. The temp setting is a bit awkward as it only has low, med & high (no degrees) but I just ordered a thermomoter to mount in the lid. That should help me keep a steady and known temp.

    =Dave R=

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