I'm really glad to finally be able to join this thread. I went to Costco yesterday and BAM, they are finally stocking beef briskets!!! Recall I mentioned once before they had something called a beef brisket flat cut, which was ~$7 / lb. I never wanted to pay this much so never got the chance to try it.
But yesterday I found something called beef brisket flats, and they cost around $4 / lb. I'm in for my first brisket! They had some that were ~10.5lbs, and others that were around 4.5lbs. Im going to try the 4.5lbs ones.
So where do I start? Whats the jist of it? I've read that you have to foil briskets. So cook at 225F and foil at what temp? Then then cook to what internal temp (I like beef rare to medium rare, the family would probably prefer medium). /excited.
I would start by reading this thread front to back or at least most of it. You will learn so much. The first thing you will learn is you can't cook brisket to a medium or medium well temp of 145-155 degrees. You have to cook it to 190-210 degrees internal temp to make sure the collagen renders down and makes the meat moist and tender. Use the "toothpick test" to know when it's finished. Like I said too much to explain in one reply. Read the whole thread and then give it a shot. I knew nothing about cooking brisket and after reading this thread I made a whole packer and it turned out amazing. Good luck and keep us posted on your first cook.