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Pesky Brisket

post #1 of 9
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After reading about about and seeing all the beautiful briskets that everyone has done, I decided to try one.  I bought a small 4 lb brisket flat since it was my first one and all and prepped it for smoking last Sunday.  I just got my new Maverick ET-732 (thanks Todd at A-MAZE-N Products!) and figured this would be the perfect project to break it in on.  It all started out well for the first 4 hours and then WAM!  I hit the dreaded stall at 145°!  It started right when it started to rain.  I wouldn't have started it if I knew it was going to rain but it never rains here in California so I wasn't concerned with that.  Anyway, at hour 4, it starts to rain and continues to rain.  At hour 8 (when I was planning to pull it out), it's still at 145°.  The wife is tapping her foot, the kids are hungry.  What am I to do?  So, I decide that I better foil it.  Within 30 minutes, it gained 10° so I figured it's working.  By hour 10 it's up to 182° so at the 11th hour (7PM Sunday evening) it hit 203°.  I have to say, it was well worth the wait!  It was fabulous!  I will try another one but will start a little earlier next time!  Thanks to all for the information and help here in SMF!  I couldn't have done it without you!


Oh, I used yellow mustard then Jeff's rib rub and rested overnight in the frig.  I spritzed every hour with a mixture of 1/2 cup apple juice to 1/4 cup of Kahlua.  Smoked with mesquite wood.  Good combo, will use it again!


Now, you'll have to excuse me.  I'm going to have some left over brisket for dinner!  Have a nice evening!


Now for the Q View!


4 pound brisket from Costco.JPGMustard applied before rub.JPGRub applied and ready to go into smoker.JPG

Just out of smoker.JPGReady to eat.JPG

post #2 of 9

Looks good! briskets love to stall.Just have to wait it out.

post #3 of 9

Have you ever noticed that a brisket is a lot like a woman.. right when you think you have one figured out, it throws you a curve ball or keeps you waiting for no apparent reason.


Now don't be telling my wife that I'm comparing women to a piece of meaticon_mrgreen.gif


Great job on the brisket! It looks delicious!

post #4 of 9

Welcome to the BBC "beautiful brisket club"!

It looks very tender and juicy

Thanks for sharing PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

post #5 of 9

Kahlua...that's different. So how did it work out?

post #6 of 9

Nice looking brisket! You never know what those things are gonna do.

post #7 of 9
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The Kahlua was actually pretty good.  I've been looking into different rubs and sauces that use coffee and just on a whim, I decided to spray a little Kahlua.  I will definitely use it again but perhaps a little stronger than what I originally used!

post #8 of 9

great looking Q you have there.

post #9 of 9

That is a great looking brisket...

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