Originally Posted by Ajsmokes
See now I can't cook that high.. so I'm curious if cooking low and slow in an electric smoker would be better done with a higher or lower grade meat.. that's all I'm asking.
You do not need to cook that high to cook brisket. I have a MES 30 and I set it ot 235F, for the entire cook.
In reading the posts and taking note when I just cooked mine I offer a few suggestions. I have only done about 8 briskets in less than one year but I have not had a dry or tough one yet.
1) First thing I leanred, "guestimate" cooking time by weight, estimate by temperature, finalize using the toothpick test. Cooking by temp will get you close, you may even nail it but, to be sure you have to finalize by "feel". For my smokes the best way I can describe the "feel" of the toothpick test is that the toothpick should slide in with NO resistance. Just yesterday I took the point off at 192F, but the flat had to go up to 202F before I thought it was ready. Forget the rule that you slice at 190F and pull at 200F each brisket is different.
2) Rest. Your brisket had a long jouney, 8 or more hrs in 220F + temps, all of this while starting at 40F or so. It needs to rest, let me type that again it needs to rest. Slicing right away will lead to a dry brisket. Yes you want to dig in after hrs and hrs of smelling goodness, but wait. I would wait at least an hr. I do not wrap in the smoker, but I do wrap in Al foil after the smoke and place the brisket in the cooler for 2 hrs or more, depending on when I want to serve.
3) Slice the brisket correctly, remember slice against the grain, this way the brisket will be tender and not stringy.
4) Did I mention Rest! this is so important I will mention it again. Rest your brisket.
5) Don't peak while cooking, or if you are looking you ain't cooking.
6) Enjoy, I really don't see the problem with cooking a great brisket, personally while it takes a while I find there is more forgiveness with brisket than say a steak, You can overcook a steak in a matter of minutes. Briskets are much more forgiving than that.
Sorry for the long rant. Hope this helps