brisket trimming?

Discussion in 'Grilling Beef' started by tdjbbq, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. tdjbbq

    tdjbbq Newbie

    is it  best  to  trim the  fat off  or smoke it as it is?
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I trim some fat off, but leave enough to self-baste (maybe 1/4 inch or so).  Some around here smoke it fat side down, but I smoke it fat side up.  Good luck, and don't forget the Q-view!
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Fat side up and leave it on for me. That's flavor right there. [​IMG]
  4. tdjbbq

    tdjbbq Newbie

    this will  be  my third  time  makeing  it just  thought i  would  askaround  and see  what  other  poeple do and i  did it  fat side up as  well. and  what  is q-view???
  5. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    pix of the food prep, cook and plate!
  6. smokinal

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

    I trim all the fat & silver skin off and put it on a rack above the brisket so it drips on it & self bastes.
  7. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    1/4 inch trim, fat side up

    Look at the top line with all the icons in the reply box you type in.  See the little vertical film strip? by the paper clip? Just to the left of the filmstrip is a "picture"   

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    Qview is almost mandatory around here.  You got a bunch of old retired guys sitting around on the computer all day with nothing better to do then look at food!  Oops  wife is coming in the room, time to get back to work!

  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    tdjbbq,I'm like several here;the flavor is in the fat[​IMG].I put S/CBP and maybe Garlic or Onion on liberally, and place it in the smoer Point end toward the heat,shut the lid and leave it shut until 1.5hrs./lb. have passed at a temp. of 225*f(within appox.10*f to20*f of).Then I check the temp. and if at my target temp. of 200*f,I'll pull , wrap in foil to hold and use my gloved hand to rub the fat and Point off(it should be very soft and easy to remove by then--makes a mess but works)[​IMG].[​IMG]

    I get a nice ring and the meat is very tender.

    Stan    aka    oldschoolbbq    ;}-

    and remember...
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]    Al's method works great if you have two racks available. I trim all the fat of, which also allows the rub to actuall flavor the meat instead of the fat, then when I smoke it I put all the fat on the rack above the brisket until I am ready to foil the brisket at 165°. Works great!

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