A former student of mine recently graduated chiropractic college, and his folks are throwing a graduation party tomorrow afternoon. He's a good kid, so I volunteered to smoke a brisket for the event. I found the biggest brisket I've ever smoked -- 17.25 lbs. Paid the most I've ever paid, too: $2.29/lb.!!
The last time I smoked a brisket, I separated the flat and point, which led to even more smokey good flavor. This flat was huge! I'm using my upright, which required splitting the flat into 2 parts.
Rubbed with Rudy's, pepper, and a bit of brown sugar (heat & sweet). Got home from work, changed clothes, and got to cooking just before 6 pm. I'm smoking with a mix of hickory and walnut. Maintaining a nice steady 233*.
My wife -- silly girl that she is -- asked if I would smoke some salmon for dinner. I told her if she wanted to eat sometime after 8 pm then I would. No concept of smoking time! We did have some leftover pizza, so I threw it in to smoke up and warm up for dinner. Turned out great!
After the pizza came out, I put some chicken thighs in (they were 99 cents/lb.). We'll knosh on those through the weekend and into next week. Here's everybody in the pool.
I'm going to take it to 165*, foil finish to 190*, rest in a cooler and slice for sandwiches. Gonna be a long night. Stay tuned for the finished product and subsequent reviews...