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Beef Brisket question for Newbie

Discussion in 'Beef' started by mschwartz26, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. mschwartz26

    mschwartz26 Smoke Blower


    Random question - I am smoking my second brisket tomorrow.  The first one I tried in an electric smoker and it didn't turn out good.  I have since retired that smoke and now have a wsm.

    Question - the best brisket I could find (in San Diego) was at Smart & Final.  It weighs approx 8.5lbs.  As I know it should be, one end of it is rather think (approx 3").  The brisket then tappers down to about 1/4 - 1/2" on the other end.  I know it is normal for one end to be larger and the other smaller.  Is 1/4-1/2" normal?  If not, do I leave it the way it is or should I trim it so there is a certain thickness at one end?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Is this just the Flat? What did you not like about your first brisket?
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I do great briskets all the time on an electric smoker.

     We need some more info to try to help you acchive smoking nirvana.