My wife volunteered me to smoke beef briskets for an upcoming wedding (about 3 weeks). I have a small Brinkman electric smoker that I have used on individual briskets with good success. I rub the meat and let sit overnight. Smoke the next day with about three rounds of wood, and then slice the brisket and finish off in the slow cooker until tender.
That is my general plan for the wedding briskets as well. Here's my problem. I have to smoke ten full briskets at once. So obviously I have to build a smoker. I would love to engage in a long project to build the ultimate smokehouse, but I don't have the time or money. What I need is to build whatever I can to hold ten briskets and hold in the smoke and heat.
I thought about using plywood, but my wife thinks the chemicals in plywood might be bad. I have a good supply of rough aspen lumber. More work, but doable.
I also thought about using galvanized fencing as racks for the meat. Would that be OK? My overall plan is to build a box about 3 ft square and perhaps 6-8 ft high, with enough fencing racks to hold the briskets. I would use the heating element from my Brinkmann smoker to supply heat and smoke.
Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated.