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First smoke, brisket, offset

post #1 of 10
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Well, my first attempt after lurking and boning up here. I have a side-by-side Brinksman grill, with a gas side and charcoal side. On the charcoal side I lowered the coal tray as low as it would go, resting on the bottom of the tank, basically. I built a very small fire on the right side next to the air intake, and set a smoking box with a mixture of apple-juice soaked hickory and apple wood chips on top of that. I closed the chimney altogether on that side, and left the other chimney a quarter open on the left side, where the meat would be. I left the intake open wide to start, then closed it down to a quarter as I got up to heat.


I trimmed the underside of my brisket, and scored the top fat. I used Jeff's rub recipe and worked it well in.




I placed that in the smoker at 7am once it was generating an even 220°. By 7:42 it had got up to 79°.




I went with the 3:2:1 method for the first six hours. Right around hour six the temperature plummeted from 165° to 145°. The ambient temperature had remained constant, but I'd had to replace fuel and smoking materials multiple times at that point. Over the next hour it crept back up to 165° but at that point fuel and smoking supplies were getting inconsistent, so I pulled the meat and finished it with an hour in the oven. Although I got a great looking finish I think the bark could have been deeper, more intense. That's what I'll need to pay attention to next tme, that ast two hours.




post #2 of 10

Looks great!! 

post #3 of 10

Yummy it looks good well done imagesCAJV1W21.jpg

post #4 of 10

looks good thumb1.gif

post #5 of 10

You did a great job Eddie,Glad it worked out well for ya.

It looks darn good from here icon14.gif

Thanks for sharing your Qviewsausage.gif

post #6 of 10

Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to  your first qview.icon14.gif

post #7 of 10
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can someone explain Qview for me? I know it's images of the work in progress, but what does the term mean specifically? 

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Originally Posted by eddie b View Post

can someone explain Qview for me? I know it's images of the work in progress, but what does the term mean specifically? 

BBQ view.

post #9 of 10

The 3-2-1 method is for ribs. The default method for brisket is smoke until IT is 165, foil with some liquid, then take it to 195-205. Rest for an hour & slice or pull. Yours looks good so I guess your method worked.

post #10 of 10
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Ah OK well that explains some unexpected bumps in the road. Thanks for the input everyone. I'll be smoking another one this weekend, and will document the process again to this thread. 

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