I have lurked on this site gaining advice for several years, but haven't posted in a long time.
Tomorrow morning, I will be up bright and early to smoke my first brisket. Since buying an electric water smoker six years ago, I have smoked numerous butts, ribs, chicken.... Even though I am just an amateur, my family prefers my stuff to meat we could buy at a restaurant. My son wants me to fix brisket for his family birthday get together this summer, so I told him while he is home from school on Christmas break that I better make a practice run to make sure it will turn out okay. He is hoping for a few small packs of it to take back for meals when he returns to school.
Tonight, I rubbed it and made up a batch of bbq sauce. I plan to get up in the middle of the night, start the smoker and get it going. I have told the family not to count on it for supper, unless they want to eat late. I will throw some brats on the grill for supper if and when it becomes likely that it won't be ready. If it turns out good, my wife plans to use some of the slices to make brisket rolls for a NY Eve party Thursday night. (We have ham ready as a back-up.)
My only fear is slicing it. I have read several accounts on this site and watched a couple of youtube videos about how to properly slice brisket. Since I haven't done it before, I am worried about cutting it from the correct direction and am a little worried about separating the point from the flat. I guess I will learn by doing tomorrow night.
Here are a couple of questions:
1. If I mess up the slicing and am not going against the grain, should I just chop it?
2. What will be the best way to freeze small portions of leftovers (probably 1/2 lb or so bags) for my son to warm-up in the next few weeks?
3. What will be the best way for him to warm it? He always does pulled pork with a little apple juice. Would that be good with brisket?
Thanks for any advice.
P.S. After years of using Emeril's rub from GFS as a base and mixing it with brown sugar and Sweet Baby Rays sauce (which both tasted fine to me), I finally bought Jeff's recipes. I smoked a Butt for a Christmas Eve get together at my in-laws using the recipes and gave a pound of bbq to a neighbor. It was a huge hit. I can't see myself ever buying sauce or rub again. I should have made that purchase years ago. Also, on the last two Butts I have done, I have let them reach 205 degrees before I pulled them. They have been the 2 juiciest and most tenders ones I have done. On each of them, I have used Jeff's "The Best Mistake I Ever Made" recipe and finished them off in the oven after 8 or so hours of smoke.
Edited by TedLNancy - 12/28/15 at 7:13pm