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?'s about Brisket and Corned Beef

post #1 of 6
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Im doing my first Brisket and Corned Beef on Wednesday and have a few questions. How long do Briskets usually take? Just wanna know what time I need to start to be finished by a certain time and with the corned beef, do you just throw it on? Or do you add some more spices and stuff to it? Thanks for all the help. Happy Smoking!!
post #2 of 6
The only good answer with brisket is that they take a while. There just isn't a hard and fast answer. You need to cook to temp and that varies with weight, thickness, your smoker, etc., etc. First off I would check out the basic brisket smoke in the beef sticky section of the beef forum. Lots of good basic information there. Jeffs tutorial in the how to section on the left side of the home page is also good info. Many brisket smokers do the all night approach. You will likely get done well before serving, but it can always be heated up or kept warm. Briskets are less forgiving than pork butts or even ribs to a degree, but well worth it. You can do whatever you want with the corned beef, smoke, boil, oven roast. Essentially it is a brisket that has been brined with pickling spices.
post #3 of 6
Are you doing a brisket and corned beeef?

Next question is are you slicing or pulling?

That would be helpful.
post #4 of 6
You can use this link as a guide
but just remember that as mulepackin said, it all depends.
With your corned beef check the sodium level, most likely you will have to soak it in water for at least 6 hours, but not always. Would depend on your sodium level.
At the very least I would rub the corned beef with some black pepper and coriander or juniper berries, roughly ground. Maybe a touch of garlic, the recipes are vast.
Seasoning that day is perfectly fine, I always rub mine down a few hours before smoking.
Some may argue that smoking a corned beef makes it pastrami, some argue that you MUST season it to make pastrami, honestly I couldn't tell you if there is a definitive answer but it will be delicious.

Just smoked up a bunch of corned beef recently and tried them 3 different ways for texture/taste testing purposes. Maybe this will help out.

Good luck.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys
and im doing a brisket and corned beef and I will be slicing the brisket. Thanks
post #6 of 6
Hi FireWillie,

I had great success with a Corned Beef Brisket a couple of weekends ago. I was delicious. You can read about my process here...

I've never actually done a brisket, but much like the corned beef version, there is no "time" on these babys. It can be a tough experience if you're not in it for the long haul.
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