Done with brisket!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by oldpro1946, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. oldpro1946

    oldpro1946 Fire Starter

    I've attempted my last brisket.  Made terrible brisket flats so I finally tried a packer to no success.  Smoked it, 8 pd packer, for 5 1/2 hrs at 250 to 164, wrapped and let go til 195.  Was done early so I wrapped the foiled brisket in a towel and put in oven at 100 degrees.  Had to leave it there for about 3 hrs.  Dry, dry dry.  Falling apart but dry!  Tried to follow Aaron Franklin's video and tried to use all the suggestions of people on this forum.  Woke up at 2am had it on at 4am.  Smoked for a total of 10hrs.  A lot of work for lousy brisket.  I"m done with brisket.  
  2. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I feel your pain!  Me and brisket have had a battle or two.  Don't give were so close.  You say the brisket was done early, I assume that means it reached the IT you were shooting for.  Wrap it in foil, rest it in towels in a cooler for hours on end.  It will be spectacular!  I am betting that the oven dried it out.  

  3. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Ya, don't give up! Just come back to it later. Sounds like the 3 hours in the oven dried it out. Agree with resting it in a cooler. I use a moving blanket.
  4. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You were close. It was the oven, dude. Try again.
  5. I agree with everyone else. It had to be the three hours in the oven. Don't give up on it. Next time wrap in foil and put in an ice chest wrapped in towels.
  6. I am sorry to hear about your brisket, The 3 hours in the oven probably caused the brisket to dry out.  Also did you leave a nice fat cap on it?

    Try one more, post pics as you go I'll bet you can turn out a good brisket.  I do briskets all the time, and would never tell you they are all identical, They are not,  Sometimes it just happens, You may have be unlucky and jut got one of those briskets.

    Stick with it you will be glad you did

  7. vwaldoguy

    vwaldoguy Smoke Blower

    I held a brisket in a cooler, wrapped in foil and towels for 2 hours yesterday with no problems.  By the time dinner rolled around, it was still steaming. 
  8. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Last Thanksgiving I held a brisket (after an all night smoke) wrapped in foil and just some towels and a flannel blanket as we made a three hour drive across the state to my sister's house. Once we arrived it was another hour and a half, almost two before we sat down to eat. That was one of the tenderest and moistest briskets I have ever done. And still piping hot when we cut it.

    It can be done. Hang in there. Brisket is the king of barbecue. Once you get it, you won't want to do anything else.
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Another option is try just the Point. The greater connective tissue and fat content makes Points more forgiving. Besides Butchers have no trouble selling the lean Flats so they usually have no problem cutting them for you. Don't give up...Dry Brisket makes Juicy Chili...JJ
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  10. oldpro1946

    oldpro1946 Fire Starter

    I thought the oven being at 100 degrees would act as a cooler, not cook it more but keep it warm.  I trimmed a litle but tried to leave about 1/4" cap, per the video with Aaron Franklin.  Does everything else sound ok. Since it was my first I didn't know if the 8 pounder would take 8 hrs or 12 hrs and wanted it to be done by 5pm because grandchildren were coming and they can't wait to eat.  They want to eat when they want to eat. Would the brisket stay warm in a cooler for, say, 4 hrs?   My family thought it was great but I KNEW it qasn't moist.  Thanks.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2015
  11. oldpro1946

    oldpro1946 Fire Starter

    I live in the Chgo subs and I couldn't even find unwaxed butcher which I wanted to wrap the brisket in.  The butcher shops and meat markets I called do not butcher their own meat but get it in cryovac packaging.  Thanks.
  12. oldpro1946

    oldpro1946 Fire Starter

    Thought the 100 degree oven would act as a cooler and keep it warm for the 3-4 I had to leave it rest.  Thanks.
  13. oldpro1946

    oldpro1946 Fire Starter

    Didn't know the cooler would keep it warm for the 3-4 hrs it had to rest.  Didn't think the oven at 100 degrees would cook it more.  STUPID!  Thanks.
  14. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Did you probe the flat and the point for tenderness before calling it done? That was one of the hardest parts for me to get right. I would probe one spot and call it good. Now I probe 4 or 5 spots and will usually find some areas that are done and some that are not. The trick is getting it to the sweet spot where the flat and the point are both tender without overcooking the flat. Once you get it right you will be hooked on briskets because it is amazing. 
  15. krex1010

    krex1010 Smoke Blower

    It's amazing how long a cooler will keep a big slab of meat steaming hot. If it's going to be more than 2 hours or the cooler will be outside in cooler weather I'll often pre-heat the cooler but filling it a third of the way with hot tap water, shit the lid for 10 minutes, that thing will be nice and hot for when you empty the water and put the meat in.
  16. gomez93

    gomez93 Meat Mopper

    Did you add any liquid when you foiled the brisket?
  17. I don't

  18. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you have a good cooler, and you wrap well with towels, it will stay warm for a good while. I've had one rest for 12 hours once, and it was still at serving temperature.
  19. oldpro1946

    oldpro1946 Fire Starter

    I did probe the point and I "thought" it was good to pull, probe went in very easy.  Thanks.
  20. falco78

    falco78 Fire Starter

    I always add about 4oz of Dr. Pepper inside the foil with my briskets and never had a bad one. I just recently started doing that with my ribs and wouldn't turn back

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