Brisket! First time not wrapping...

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Cowgirljac

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Greetings all,

Planing to cut the point off a brisket and smoke it (the rest of the brisket will be pastrami) unwrapped. This will be my first unwrapped brisket. I have a MES. Does anyone have any advice when smoking unwrapped in an electric smoker? Does anyone use a “boat”?
I am planing to smoke at 270 ( hotter than I’ve done before) with mesquite chips and pull it at 190-210 whenever it’s done. I am hoping to have good bark by not wrapping in foil.
I will rest it in the oven or a cooler for an hour or so.
 

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FWIW.... There is a product that seems to work for maintaining crisp bark... Not as crisp as nekkid smoking, but it will avert the stall also...

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I use pink paper as well but i wouldn’t even bother using it on a point. You don’t need it. Plenty of fat in a point.

You’ll have great bark on that point in an mes if you don’t wrap it. I’ve done dozens in my mes smokers with and without pink paper. Bark is good both ways.

Good luck
Scott
 

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I do whole briskets all the time unwrapped and have nice bark and only smoke at 225. It does take a long time. It just seems as soon as some one says something about unwrapped others have to jump in right away and say you have to wrap. Why?? I've had a lot of success with unwrapped smoking ribs briskets and pork.

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I do whole briskets all the time unwrapped and have nice bark and only smoke at 225. It does take a long time. It just seems as soon as some one says something about unwrapped others have to jump in right away and say you have to wrap. Why?? I've had a lot of success with unwrapped smoking ribs briskets and pork.

Warren

Who jumped in and said, "you have to wrap"... ??

Dave
 
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Cowgirljac

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I use pink paper as well but i wouldn’t even bother using it on a point. You don’t need it. Plenty of fat in a point.

You’ll have great bark on that point in an mes if you don’t wrap it. I’ve done dozens in my mes smokers with and without pink paper. Bark is good both ways.

Good luck
Scott
Fingers crossed! Currently stuck in the stall... but dinner should be good tomorrow :)
 

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Who jumped in and said, "you have to wrap"... ??

I think Aaron Franklin popularized it, but he uses a huge stick burner. Nothing like MES tho, so no wrap. I think MES needs all the help it can and even plan to do a pellicle when I do my brisket. Also he does a looooong rest. Many think this is actually the key and not the butcher paper... I do.

Rooting for ya cowgirl!
 
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Well I'm in the no wrap crowd, UNLESS the brisket is being stubborn & everybody is hungry. Then I will crank the temp up & foil it. Never tried butcher paper, but I understand the principal behind it. I also do my briskets at 270-280.
Al
 

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Thank for your input everyone. The brisket came out really good! The bark was great and it was fork tender. I’m feeling very accomplished:)
 

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I bought paper but have yet to use it. I always do my briskets over night and give myself plenty of time. If it's done early then I have no problem resting it for 4 hours before slicing. I am never displeased so I have had no reason to change it up and use the paper. I might experiment on my next pork butt and use the paper just to see what happens.
 

Pat A

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I use wrapping paper quite a bit and have had great results. I have been using a Pink Butcher Paper from Anders General Store that I like and buy online from Amazon...Gotta luv Amazon Prime:) Below is the link if you are interested.

 

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