My wife just never ceases to amaze me. She came home from work Friday afternoon with a big bag from the grocery store and plopped it down on the counter. This is something she NEVER does. The routine is that she goes to the grocery store after 7:30 Mass every Sunday morning. The fact that she stopped at the store on her way home on Friday was quite a shock in and of itself. I asked her "What's in the bag honey?" She said "It's a brisket. I was thinking you could smoke it tomorrow for dinner". Shock number two in the last 30 seconds :-) So....I get up early Saturday and get the brisket ready before we head out to our favorite Mexican restaurant for breakfast. On the way home after breakfast she says "I was thinking...since you'll have the smoker fired up why don't you go ahead and do a turkey breast also and we can have it for dinner one night this week". Far be it from me to argue with logic like that so we made a quick stop and picked up the turkey and a few other items to round out dinner for that evening. Here is the required Q View (just so I don't get yelled at again <grin>)
Brisket prepped and ready to go on the smoker. It was fairly small at 8 pounds but the thick end of the cut so it should cook up nicely
Turkey breast lightly rubbed and ready to go. It'll go on 2 hours after the brisket.
2 hours into things the brisket is looking great and on goes the turkey breast
Temp holding perfectly all day.
5 hours of smoking and the brisket looks fantastic. I covered it in a baking dish it and finished on the grill as folks were starting to show up and getting hungry.
Turkey is all done. Time to wrap it and put it in the cooler for a couple hours to get happy
7 1/2 hours into things the Executive Chef declares that the food is done. She is ready to eat!!
One beautiful brisket ready to slice. Yippie!!
Mmmm...perfect bark, nice smoke ring, and melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Dinner is served on our finest china Brisket, pepper-crusted grilled corn on the cob, and my first ever attempt at macaroni salad...which came out very well.
It was yet another great day in Central Texas. Good friends, great food, and more world-class home brewed beer. We have eaten brisket at hundreds of places but this was only my second time cooking one. The first one was very good but this one came out incredibly well. Undeniably the best brisket any of us have ever had...and we have all of you great folks to thank for that. I continue to get great ideas and extremely helpful information from this forum and am cooking up some fantastic BBQ.
Thanks everybody and have a great week!!