Last month I posted pix of the 3 USDA choice Briskets I smoked in my MES. They were amazing. Last weekend I had another three to do, and was a bit disappointed that I couldn't find the Choice level I had found last month, as Smart and Final only had Select. Good price at $2.19/lb, but I'd of rather had the 2.99/lb for the choice I had before. Well, I was running out of options so I bought the select. Same smoking method. Flats seperated before smoking, and went for about 12 hrs to about 197 before pulling and wrapping. Points went in at the half-way mark and went for 6.5 hrs. Wrapped, cubed, and back in for another 2 hrs for the burnt ends with some bbq, extra rub, and some of the drippings from the smoke.
Well, the leaner flats were a tad dry, and definatly not nearly as tender as the choice packers I had last month. I sliced them, ladeled a few cups of the drippings broth, and it helped immensly, but was still not as good. The burnt ends still came out great, due to the higher fat content of the points, but I'll be avoiding Select packers from now on I believe.