Double Live: all night brisket smoke for funeral dinner

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jcbigler, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    My grandmother passed away on Saturday, 95 years strong. :77:

    The funeral is tomorrow. Afterwards there will be a huge meal. I'm not technically supposed to be cooking anything because I'm immediate family. But I think my grandmother would rather have me smoke some brisket than to let everyone else eat substandard food.

    So I picked up a pair of prime packers from Costco, 12.73lbs and 11.93lbs.


    Put them on just after 8pm, with hickory mini splits and oak lump charcoal. I'm supplementing this smoke with the charcoal this time to help keep the temps up, stretch my hickory supply and power through the stall.

    Hopefully I can get these done in about 12 hours, then wrap them in towels, blankets and pack in an ice chest to hold for about 5 hours until we eat at around 1pm on Tuesday. There could be over 100 people at the dinner, so my two briskets won't last long.

    Clearly, this is as much as I can get on my little Chargriller at one time. I keep telling my wife that I need a new (i.e. bigger) smoker.


    What happened to the picture attachment function?.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2016
  2. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Sorry for your loss. I agree she would prefer your brisket. I just did a couple briskests high and fast on my horizontal offset because of time crunch as well. Should be good!
  3. Celebrate her life and enjoy the brisket.
  4. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Well I wimped out. After 6 1/2 hours on the smoke I decided to pull them and finish them in the oven. Wrapped in butcher paper, oven set to 275 for the next 5 hours. Should be done by the time I get up.

    Temps were above 170 in the point, and in the 165 range in the flat when I pulled them.

    If I was staying home all day, I would have kept them on the smoker. But I have about 4 hours of driving to do, and I won't get home until early evening.

    Hopefully I'll get some pics before my brisket is devoured by the masses.
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sorry about your Grandmother.

    The briskets sure look good, wish our Costco carried them.

  6. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    I wouldn't call it wimping out, I'd call it being prudent. This is a little different than the guys coming over for s beer. I hope it goes well.
  7. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Well, when we got back from the cemetery I was horrified to learn that the old ladies at the church had already shredded my brisket. :devil: and they couldn't figure out how to use my 12" Victorinox slicer. At least they didnt ruin my knife for me.

    Oh well, it tasted great anyway, but was nearly gone by the time I was able to get around to taking any pictures. But it was all gone, 2 whole packers while the other roast and 2 hams were nearly untouched.
  8. Sorry for your loss.

    It's always nice to see everyone enjoying your food, no matter the circumstances. 

    Those 12" slicers have enough space, to print the user instructions, on both sides of the blade.
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Condolences. A brisket sounds like a good way to honour your grandmother.


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