Hey all! It's been a busy past couple of weeks for me, with just enough play-time for a triple slab loinback rib smoke on my last days off work, but I had a chance to burn a bonus brisket from a 74lb case we recently purchased. The bonus is that it's small enough to fit my lil' gourmet, so this one gets a charcoal fired ride.
I was surprised to find this small of a packer when I unpacked the box several days ago, but realizing that I'd have a shot at a smoke, I kept it out of the freezer.
I had to weight it, just to satisfy my curiousity...smallest packer I've ever seen...ever:
I'm guessing that Sam's Club specs are for 75lb cases on whole brisket, so the packing plant tossed this one into the mix to finish out the case-weight along with the rest of the boys...6 in all.
I trimmed off the connective tissue on the edge of the point and removed most of the fat cap, leaving mostly just a thin layer of fat on the flat cut of the packer for self-basting...there's a flap on the lower-left of the point (near center of the pic), flipped up here, and laying down in the next pic...strange cut on this packer:
I may just trim that flap off so it doesn't get over-cooked after the I/T is into the 170-175*...OK, OK...for sampling???
CHERRY & RED BELL PEPPER BRISKET RUB
5 Tbls ground dried tart cherries
3 Tbls ground red bell pepper
1 Tbls ground rosemary
1/2 Tbls ground oregano
1/2 Tbls ground thyme
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1-1/2 Tbls ground black peppercorn
1 Tbls ground garlic
2 Tbls ground onion
1 Tbls paprika
2 Tbls kosher salt (mix into blend after all other ingredients are ground)
Rubbed and wrapped for an over-night (8-hr) rest before the smoke:
Hmm, now for smoke woods...I'm thinking a small chunk of mesquite (love it with a hefty flavored meat) to go along with hickory (for some bite) and cherry (for a subtle fruity/sweet flavor)...the cherry won't be prominent in the mix with the heavier mesquite and sharper hickory, but noticable.
Time for both of us to catch some Z's...nitey-nite, baby brisket.
7:30 am, and unwrapped for a second rub application:
Let the thin blue smoke begin!
See ya in about ten hours (I think)...
Thanks for peekin'!