Trying a brisket

Discussion in 'Beef' started by solidbob, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. solidbob

    solidbob Fire Starter

    After doing a lot of ribs, pork shoulder and chicken this summer I decided to try my hand at a brisket. I did one last year for a bbq but I got it from the grocery store and I'm pretty sure it was already pumped with brine etc for corned beef. I hit up a nice old school Italian butcher nearby and found a full packer. I didn't need the whole thing, it was 17lbs and the old guy was going to give it to me for $65. He offered instead to cut it in half and I got about 10lbs for $30 even. He just cut it so I had the big part, point and flat together.

    I trimmed some of the fat, rubbed with a little olive oil, a mixture of cracked black pepper, regular black pepper, sea salt and kosher salt and a touch of cayenne.

    Stuck it in the smoker at midnight. I'll get up around 8 and check it. I don't plan on foiling. I'm smoking at around 225. I'm using oak, a mixture of the dust and pellets in my AMNPS. We'll see what happens.

    By the way, can't say enough good things about Amazn products. I ordered a bunch of dust and pellets on Tuesday and they were delivered Thursday.

    Here's the brisket after rubbing and about an hour in, as i wanted to check the temp before I went to bed.

  2. solidbob

    solidbob Fire Starter

    Checked it at 8 hours in and has an IT of about 173. Although it's already completely black, it still looks really moist. I'm guessing this is because A. I put it in fat cap up and/or B. I don't use a waterpan but it's currently raining a bit and some moisture is affecting it. Not too worried. If it keeps raining I can switch to oven.

    Question: about how long does the amazn dust (oak) take to burn through? I had two rows of the anmps filled with dust and one row with pellets. Lit both ends to get a little extra smoke at the beginning. At 8 this morning dust was already burned through but the pellets seemed to go out. I nuked them all for a minute to dry them out before starting but the rain must have got to the pellets. I usually have good luck with my mailbox mod. My first time using the oak.
  3. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That is one thick brisket! Am I just judging it wrong or is that thing a good 4 or 5 inches or better? You're in for a good long cook so don't feel bad about reloading the AMZN. Best of luck.
  4. solidbob

    solidbob Fire Starter

    Yeah, it's huge. I'd say it might be closer to 6. It's the big end, point and flat together. About to check it again. I don't really have plans for it except eating a bit today and taking the rest to work this week. It's more about the journey than the destination right? ( I guess not with delicious meat)

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