First Ever Brisket

Discussion in 'UK Smokers' started by molove, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. molove

    molove Smoke Blower

    I realised some time ago that I wouldn't be sourcing myself a packer cut brisket any time soon, so as rolled brisket was on offer the last time I went to Makro, I decided to get myself a piece.

    I (kind of) followed the brisket recipe from the Big Bob Gibson book, of a wet rub of Worcester Sauce and beef bouillon cubes, followed by a dry rub of salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, coriander powder and sugar.

    I was somewhat concerned that it would dry out during the cook being very lean, so stuck some rashers of steaky bacon on top for most of the cook. It went into the 225ºF smoker at about 9.15 this morning, Foiled it about 5, took it off at 7pm and rested it for an hour and a half.

    I've got to say it turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to, having never really cooked much beef except for the odd steak. It was pretty moist, and fairly tender (perhaps could have been a little more tender) but it was really beefy, lovely flavour.

    I will definitely be doing it again, but in the mean time will keep my eye out for a better supply of brisket, as this one was very severely trimmed with very lean meat.

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  2. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Still looks good!!!

    just remember that although brisket is trimmed of fat it still has a lot of collagen in the connective tissues that break down and keep the meat moist when smoked at low temps
  3. gav iscon

    gav iscon Fire Starter

    Looks nice to me molove.. I was over the moon with mine and I'll definitely be giving it another go.
  4. molove

    molove Smoke Blower

    Gav, Your brisket looked fantastic. It looked very moist and succulent. Was it an untrimmed packer?
  5. gav iscon

    gav iscon Fire Starter

    It was the same Kiska got from his butcher friend, Martin and was well trimmed  when I got it. I just applied the rub and on it went.  Not sure of the weight but it was a big lump of meat. I misjudged the timing so it was ready a lot sooner than I expected so it was well wrapped in 5-6 towels and into the cooler box for what turned into 7 hours. I was panicking a bit (I just kept thinking haybox) but it was still hot when it came out and I couldn't believe how moist it turned out. I'll definitely get another one from Martin (plus his saveloys are out of this world).
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2015
  6. smokewood

    smokewood Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I have also used the Bookers brisket and it came out great.  I must admit that mine looked a lot more rounded and had quite a lot more fat in the middle which I left intact.  I just used salt & pepper and cooked it at about 300 - 325 ish,   I did cut the Brisket in half as I was running late and was concerned about timings. I would definitely use this again,  I think is was just over 20 quid.

    This is the second time tonight I have posted this photo as Gaz was also discussing cooking at higher temperatures on another thread.

  7. Nice color on the bark there, Molove.  As with everything else I am sure there are varying viewpoints, but when you slice the brisket aim for about the thickness of a pencil.  If you are slightly tough decrease the diameter a bit, and soft vice versa.  little trick you can watch out for at bbq restaurants as well...

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