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First Brisket

post #1 of 10
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Thanks to all of you regular contributors and also other newbies like me with good questions / posts. Yesterday, I did my first brisket ever, and I am happy with the final product as well as the process of smoking it. I would not have been able to do it as well without the great resource I had in this forum. Thanks again.

Quick facts:
1. Meat - USDA Choice, 8 lbs, 1/2 a Packer from H-E-B (Great Groc Store here in TX), the other 1/2 is in my freezer, waiting for it's turn.
2. Rubbed with my fav local BBQ joint's rub they sell (Smokey Mo's - a couple locations here in Central TX)
2. Smoker Time - 13 hrs (foiled the lst two) 6am to 7pm yesterday + 2hrs in the insulated cooler.
3. Used foil pan underneath to catch drippings.
4. Used a beer-cider vinegar-onion-garlic mopping sauce, about every hour or 2 after first 4 hrs. Flipped the brisket when I mopped.
1. Stall did occur in the low 140s, now I know what that's about.
2. Seemed a like a long cooking time for original weight of brisket, but I think that was part of trying to maintain the 220-225 smoker temp - I went hotter toward the end so I could get the internal meat temp up, which eventually happened when I let the smoker got up to 275 for the last three hours.
3. Additionally, I recognized that opening the smoker for mopping/flipping adds time due to the sharp temp declines while open.
4. I have got to find a hotter burning fuel that will last longer than the lump charcoal I was using - perhaps logs of oak, hickory, etc. I went through three 20 lb bags of lump charcoal.
5. Next brisket I may pull at 180 to 185 internal temp instead of 190, especially since I will insulate again afterward in the cooler - that is key. As you can tell by the pictures, the center was done more than the ideal.
6. Gotta love the smoke ring - what a neat phenomenon.

post #2 of 10
Looks perfect Sully! Nice job.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #3 of 10
Nice smoke ring you got going there. Thats looks great. Wish we had your temp here. I could go for shorts right about now.
post #4 of 10
Looks great! Congrats on your first brisket. I didn't have much luck with my first one but I will try again. Yours looks very nice!!
post #5 of 10
It doesn't get any prettier than that! I agree that 60 pounds of charcoal is a lot for doing just one brisket.
post #6 of 10
Looks like a good job to me.. Way to stick out the stall, that's where most folks panick and start shoveling charcoal like a locomotive fireman...

Have looked at the Minion Method for the charcoal? Unfortunatelu sfb eat alot of fuel on long cooks
post #7 of 10
nice looking brisket.
post #8 of 10
Job well done! :)
post #9 of 10
Brisket looks awesome! My goal for this Spring is to do a better brisket...I've only done two, but just the flats...never done a packer.

I'm said you went through 3 bags (20# each?) of lump.
I've never seen lump in bags bigger than 9#. Royal Oak Brand, for example...8.8 lbs. each. I also buy the Royal Oak Steakhouse Lump from Menards - also 8.8# per bag. I've seen charcoal briquetes in 20# bags, but never lump. Please confirm.
post #10 of 10
You can get lump in 20lb bags, GFS sells it like that.

That is a lot of charcoal to have used for an 8lb brisket. If it were me I'd look into using wood.

Very nice brisket BTW.
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