I haven't been on the boards for quite some time, due to - well, just life....
Anywho, thought I post up some Que View for ya'll. Got the pit temp set for 225, gonna smoke till they're at 195-200. Gonna serve up one, sliced, tomorrow lunch. The others will be held in a cooler for 2 or so hours, cooled down in fridge, then vac packed and frozen. That way I'll have enough briskets to last thru the winter.
I discovered this by accident - vac packing & freezing the smoked meats, the flavors are deeper after a few weeks, or months in the freezer. The story behind that comment is, that last year I had smoked a butt load of pork butts and had a few whole butts left over, after a gathering, so I vac packed then & froze them. A few months later, at the most inopertune time my sister-in-law requested that I smoke some butts for a birthday party (mind you this was at 9pm at night & I didn't have a stock of fresh butts - nor was I able to start smoking at the drop of a hat). Anyways, I suddenly remebered that I had butts in the freezer, so I told her I would work my ass off all night to get her some smoked butts, by 1pm the next day. I pullled 2 butts from the freezer to thaw over night, spritzed them with apple juice & Jack Daniels, double tented in heavy duty foil, and tossed them in the oven. All the relatives, neighbors & friends wanted to know what I had done different - 'cause my butts were always great, but this was "the best one I had cooked" - according to them. So I put that little feather in my cap, and now I always cook 2-4 times what is needed - hell I fill the smoker to it gills sometimes - just to have meat all winter or if I know I am going to be busy for a few months.
Room Temp for an hour before prepping (these are the kind with the nose cut off). Bought an 82 pound case of these little suckers, for a "couldn't pass up price"!
Preparing the Briskets with Dijon Mustard & Jeff's Rub
In the Smoker w/ temp probes attached. Should be about 10-12 hours now!