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I will be doing my first brisket this weekend and would like some guidance.  I recently upgraded my smoker to the Traeger Lil Tex Elite and absolutely love it.  I have a 5.5lb flat cut brisket we got from Costco.  Traeger has a great cooking guide called Brisket 101 that pretty much walks you through the process but I still have some questions.  They suggest to foil the brisket when the IT reaches 160 and continue cooking till the temp reaches 190.  Since I have had terrible luck with foil wrapped items I plan to use a disposable alum pan and just cover it good.  Would this be a good time to add some liquids and/or aromatics while it is covered for flavor like we do for ribs and shoulders?  What would be the estimated total cooking time for this size brisket?

 

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Originally Posted by jake628 View Post

I will be doing my first brisket this weekend and would like some guidance.  I recently upgraded my smoker to the Traeger Lil Tex Elite and absolutely love it.  I have a 5.5lb flat cut brisket we got from Costco.  Traeger has a great cooking guide called Brisket 101 that pretty much walks you through the process but I still have some questions.  They suggest to foil the brisket when the IT reaches 160 and continue cooking till the temp reaches 190.  Since I have had terrible luck with foil wrapped items I plan to use a disposable alum pan and just cover it good.  Would this be a good time to add some liquids and/or aromatics while it is covered for flavor like we do for ribs and shoulders?  What would be the estimated total cooking time for this size brisket?

 



That is what I do with mine and it turns out good....

 

I add some apple juice at this point.....

 

I would say around nine hrs could be shorter or longer I would add a hour or two, then hold in a cooler.

 

some one should be by to give you better info in just a bit.

 

 

good luck.

 

 

post #3 of 8

sunman76 has you covered, I like to go with a (minimum) cook time of 2 hrs per pound.

 The more time you allow for cooking, the better.

It will hold for several hours in a cooler wrapped with towels if it's done early.

 

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Sounds like the guys have your answers!

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good Luck

post #6 of 8

Yup---Sunman covered it real well!!!

 

I only add very slight differences in mine:

 

 

Foil mixture at 165˚ for Beef:
Apple juice----------------------------6 ounces
Kens Teriyaki Marinade------------1 ounce
BBQ Sauce (your favorite)---------2 ounces
 
I also take it to 200˚ IT for slicing, but I use an electric knife for slicing it (could get very tender).
 
 
Nothing wrong with what you already have there though!!!
 
 
We'll be watching..........
 
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post #7 of 8

Sounds like they got you covered.

post #8 of 8

to foil or not to foil, that seems to be a bit of a debate around here.

 

good luck and congrats on the smoker!

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