Ok good morning.
I bought a brisket at costco the other night and prepared it with a dry rub my bro makes. I think i need to change it up, I didnt care for the rub.
So i put half of the brisket (a few lbs maybe 5) in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap over night.
My smoker is an electric.
So i regulate my temp, get it around 220 steady...
I used hickory chunks, some apple chunks (briefly soaked) and put the meat on.
The smoke was immediate and strong. First question... good or bad???? good amount of smoke, could it be too much?
Within a few hours I had a great bark on the meat, and everything looked great. water pan had plenty of water and the smoke continued for 4 or so hours from what I had in there. I figured that would be enough smoking, now I just need to cook it.
So about 8-9 hours later my temp reached 184 and I pulled it. wrapped it in 2 layers of foil, towelled it, and cooler'd it.
I went to bed. Woke up a while later (maybe part of my problem????) it stayed in there for about 8 hours.
It was still warm, not really warm, but warm.
I sliced in to it, and the fat layer and bark was good, not great. Perhaps the hickory made it a bit bitter? It was pretty strong. and didnt taste bad, but It just wasnt quite right.
I trimmed off the burnt ends, which are edible, and tossed the rest. It was very very dry.
Now I understand doing a smaller piece of meat, its harder to keep it moist, but I was expecting a little more than what I got.
So im looking for some advice. What are you guys using for your brisket smoking wood? Im thinkig about going purely apple on the next round????
Also, if anyone is familiar with rudys bbq in austin tx and surrounding areas, thats the tenderness and flavor im going for.
Their extra moist is INSANELY moist.
Any idea someone has that dry rub recipe or close to it?
I have no experience making a smoking dry rub, so I want to do the best i can. a bit salty a bit sweet, a bit of kick.
Any assistance would be appreciated. I really really want to knock brisket out of the park.
Thanks in advance. take care all