Brisket on the Kettle with AMNPS

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jjwdiver, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Woke up to a beautiful Saturday in the Virgin Islands after an awesome sunset
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    ...the day was screaming to do a brisket.

    Rubbed up the brisket with some local mix from my favorite shop on the next island over (St. John). Added some fresh ground pepper to it all.
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    Then proceeded to get the Weber Kettle setup for the day. Starting off I nuked the pellets just to make sure they are moisture free - using a mix of Maple and Hickory today.
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    Set the AMNPS on the bottom of the kettle right on top of the wing vent, torched it and let it start.
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    Next was to get a handful of coals going in the chiminey as I circled coals in the kettle around the side holders.
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    This way nothing falls into the pellets and disrupts them smoking. I also use a tray over the top of it to givemore space and keep juices off the pellets.
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    Once the coals are ready I set them on 1 side, get the temps up to where I want...adjust the top vent only (all air needs to get past the AMNPS to keep them happy) and finally add the brisket.

    On the grill at 8:45 am, temp steady at 223, 4.7 lb. Brisket

    More to come-stay tuned!

    John


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  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Diver, mornin,   Soooo are you celebrating the lack of wind.......Irene goin' somewhere else........

    Looks like a beautiful morning and everything is looking up for you from here....

    bride wants to move there.....I guess I have to stop showing her your pictures and JustPassinThru's pictures....

    Seems she thinks she wants to move to some clime where it's warm and sunny and flowers bloom all year round.....silly woman.......
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks like you have the Weber kettle dialed in .

    Looking forward to the result.
     
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great start, John !!!

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    Bear
     
  5. Just an update as it continues to make the place smell better everytime I pass by and enter our place. Temps climbing a bit higher than I want, but that's ok too. Been hanging around 270 but I just cant close off much more airflow or the pellets will go out. It's a trade off I can live with for now. End result is the same - great tasting smoked brisket.

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    Meat at 171 internal temp and she look good so far! Tweaking the vents to see where the edge of the envelope is!!!

    John


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  6. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    WOW  that looks tasty.
     
  7. Ya win some, ya lose some and in this case it was a loosing battle with the Weber Kettle.  I have pulled the Brisket off as I couldn't get the temps to stay down.  In foil it got to 189 and the grill wall climbing despite every effort.  Part of my problem was i put in too much charcoal, add to that the winds picked up a bit and the placement of the AMNPS on top of the venting on the bottom makes it hard to slow the temps and yet give enough air to the pellets to smoke.  

    Next time I will have some kind of mod to raise the AMNPS box to hang just under the coal grate but off the bottom of the grill...should still get air as it rises and allow me to adjust the vents better.  I'll use a less thick or wide band of charcoal around the grate, and see where that gets me.

    Anyways - no big loss...I got to smoke, it's a beautiful day in paradise and tonight I'll have Brisket, cold beer and friends to enjoy it with!  Seems like a Win-Win-Win all around.

    I still view every smoke as a learning session...it always is!

    Money shot coming up later today - I promise.  Dang if it doesn't smell amazing right now!!!!

    John

    Dave - tell the wife there are many down sides to living in paradise too.  Unreliable electricity, bugs, gagging humidity...which then carries on into a whole different way to clean, store food, etc... Also the storms can be brutal...kind of a crap shoot on the weather.  Different cultures brings with it new frustrations and a big change in the way you view things, react, and daily existence.  Driving is even different (we're on the left side despite it being "U.S. Virgin Islands"), and the cost of living is high from rent, housing prices for what you get, food and materials. Everything gets shipped here so that tacks on an addition penny or 2.  Oh, and electricity at .42 kwh makes it costly also!  

    Up sides are plenty and obvious...just depends on your scales, if the down side is heavier than the up side this isnt the right place.  We have a pretty good job that pays enough to tip the scale in the right direction for us! 
     
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  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like island life is good!
     
  10. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looks good I have one on right now...I1m looking at 16 to 18 hrs...
     
  11. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Patiently Waiting!

    TJ
     
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Right there with you Todd!

    Where's Bear?

    Should we save him a seat?

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  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've been here since 11:01, but I dozed off for a bit!!!

    I'm tired from battening down the hatches & moving stuff into my garage before it gets nasty out.

    LOL---With all the rain we're supposed to get, I'm betting I'll need some new mulch!!!

    Oh well----Stuff happens.

    Sorry,

    Bear
     
  14. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Ironic isn't it. I'm in Florida at hurricane central & it's a beautiful day & your in PA waiting for a hurricane. Go figure!
     
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    LOL---It used to be all I had to worry about was NorEaster Snow Storms, but now I gotta worry about 4 things:

    #1   Snow Storms

    #2   Hurricanes

    #3   Earthquakes

    #4   And when John is gonna pull, slice, and take pictures of this beautiful Brisket !!!!

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    Bear
     
  16. This pain in the butt brisket turned out to be one of the best tasting to date - go figure!
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    As expected a tad bit dry and slightly resistant to cutting with a fork, but tasted great!

    Thanks for hanging on with this one


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  17. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It sure looks beautiful!

    Great smoke ring!
     
  18. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with Al

    It looks fantastic!

    Little tough because of the 275° heat?

    Todd
     
  19. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great man - sounds like it is tasty too. Congrats
     
  20. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good from here!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     

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