Rub on a Brisket. How long is ok ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by doug1, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. doug1

    doug1 Newbie

    I planned to smoke my brisket on Tuesday of this week in my Bradley Smoker so I purchased the brisket Monday evening, prepared the rub and covered the briskets in rub and then put them in zip lock bags and then put them in the refrigerator.

    Unfortunately I had to leave town and so the briskets are still covered in the rub in my refrigerator.

    I will be home tomorrow and was wondering if the briskets would still be ok to smoke this weekend after sitting covered in rub in my refrigerator since Monday evening.

    Not sure how the rub will affect them after being left in my refrigerator for several days or if I should just toss them out and get a fresh brisket although I sure hate to waste the meat but do not want to make anyone sick if they should not be eaten.

    Any thoughts as to whether the brisket is still ok to smoke after approximately 4 days covered in rub in my refrigerator?

    I appreciate any input.

  2. I think you should be good.  A sniff test might be the best way to tell. 
  3. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    No injections? You should be good. Your nose will tell you as soon as you open the bags.
  4. doug1

    doug1 Newbie

    Thanks for your response.

    I did not inject this brisket but have thought about it.

    What do you recommend injecting brisket with ?

    Thanks for your input.
  5. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    I've never injected a brisket. The reason I asked was because whole muscle meat like a brisket will keep longer if it hasn't been injected than if it has.
  6. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    I agree with Jasper 7. If you ziplocked them you should be fine. Especially if you didn't inject.

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