Weight: 4.3lbs fully trimmed section cut from full packer at Conisbees Butchers in East Horsley
Smoker: WSM using wet-to-dry smoke chamber technique by Eric (forluvofsmoke) on SMF.
Woodsmoke: Apple with some Oak.
Charcoal: Supagrill charcoal briquettes – 5kg burning in a semi-minion(includes top-up).
I was going to smoke this on the 12th Feb, but the weather report was lousy, with Thursday 13th looking much better, so thursday it was.
Below is an image of the meat after I had trimmed off an uneven fat cap, and any other thick areas of fat:
Below is an image of the underside:
I had decided to use Jeff's Rub, after coating with mustard so that the rub stuck better, shown here on the WSM:
Above image taken at 9am - brisket on smoker.
Hoping to maintain approx 225F throughout the cook process.
I also decided to use Eric's(forluvofsmoke) wet-to-dry smoke chamber technique, whereby I placed 2/3rds of a quart of water in a foil tray, nested on top of a waterbowl 2/3rds filled with pea-shingle, which I have added a link to below:
I also decided not to foil, before reading up on how much longer it can take when you don't foil
I had asked an old friend to come over to taste some of my marvellous fayre........ we didn't eat anything till about 11pm lol
It was 9.30pm when the IT finally reached 190F, at which point, we both decided to give it another 1F rise before pulling(right after I gave it some prodding with a cocktail stick, which felt tender).
So I pulled the brisket, and before remembering to take any pics, loosely foiled it, wrapped it in a towel, and into a cooler bag I'd bought especially for the occasion.
We managed to wait just over an hour before we had to slice into it, due to severe hunger pangs. I sliced the thin end, which had become quite dry, however the smoke flavour was excellent and it was nice and tender.
Yesterday the 14th, I decided to try pulling half of what was left instead of slicing, which I really enjoyed. The mix of chewy bark and soft meat inside is right up my street, and I made a thin gravy from scratch to moisten the meat which worked well. I had bought 2 medium sized ciabattas, of which I used one, with the moistened brisket and some 'slaw and potato salad.
Today(15th Feb), I pulled the rest of the brisket. In another thread by Eric(forluvofsmoke), he makes a cherry balsamic finishing sauce, which I found really appealing, so I made some. What was interesting was that when tasting the sauce whilst cooking, the pepper was very strong, however , when finished and used to moisten the pulled brisket, tasted a lot more balanced - dont get me wrong, it was still pretty peppery - wouldn't want to overuse it, but it was really, really good. Here's a link below:
So, I missed a few pics out of the process, but here are a couple of the pulled brisket:
These are without the finishing sauce added, because I only use a small bowl to try the sauce out with the meat, and didn't have my camera. If it helps, it looks very similar to Eric's pics with finishing sauce added .
Finally, I also got round to trying Danny's Cornbread recipe, which I've never had before, but loved it
I ate some with my pulled brisket(with finishing sauce), 'slaw and potato salad, and it was totally awesome!
So I'm getting there with this smokin' lark, more practice required, which is always fun.
Finally thanks to Eric, Danny, and Wade, for sharing their wisdom and recipes - really appreciated.
Not forgetting SMF for being a huge friendly resource for anything smoke related