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Butcher paper vs aluminum foil

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by Dantij, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. Dantij

    Dantij Fire Starter

    I'm planning on doing a brisket this weekend on my Lang and was curious about butcher paper. What are the pros and cons of using paper vs foil?
  2. WaterRat

    WaterRat Smoking Fanatic

    Checkout Aaron Franklin's youtube vid on naked, paper, and foil wrapped briskets, he explains it way better than I could without typing all day ;) this is the short verrsion there's a longer version out there.
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  3. JC in GB

    JC in GB Meat Mopper

    I am not very well versed in this subject but from what I have typically heard is that it is really a matter of taste if you want to use, foil, paper, naked. There are some videos on youtube that do side by side comparison of these. Personally, I like foil as I think it is easier to work with and I can't accidentally set it on fire.
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  4. ristau5741

    ristau5741 Meat Mopper

    The paper is suppose to allow your meat to breathe, and some smoke will get through the paper. Once wrapped in foil, your meat is done for adding smoke flavor. May as well just take it in to the oven to finish it.
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  5. Nole4L

    Nole4L Fire Starter

    I use butcher paper. Otherwise the bark gets to wet for my taste. BTW I see you're using a Lang. I bought a 36 Hybrid Deluxe about 6 months ago....so nice to cook on.
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  6. PolishDeli

    PolishDeli Fire Starter

  7. Dantij

    Dantij Fire Starter

    Had my 48 delivered last October. Loving the results!!
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Purchase unwaxed butcher paper.....
    Parchment does not breathe... It is coated with high temp silicone...
    ..... click on this link ......
    Butcher Paper for smoking meats
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2019
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  9. I don't always wrap but when I do....I prefer peach butcher paper. The peach isn't usually waxed (you don't want the waxed kind) and can be had on Amazon pretty inexpensive. I don't care for the results of foil, too mushy/soggy for my preference. Butcher paper allows for air to circulate, still allowing for some decent bark. I hear some of the Pro's talking about how everyone at competitions uses foil, I think they are just stuck in their ways.
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  10. texomakid

    texomakid Smoking Fanatic

    I try not to crutch very often but when I do I use foil. I get my smoke in the meat before I wrap and I get the bark after I take it off. Foil is just too easy.
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  11. JC in GB

    JC in GB Meat Mopper

    A very good point you made there. I actually like my bark a little on the softer side so that is very likely why I prefer foil. I used to do my ribs naked but switched to foil wrapped after watching a Henry Soo video. I was quite pleased with the results.
  12. Same here, I don't like it thick and tough but a little on the softer side, just not mushy. I've typically wrapped ribs but my family was kind enough to get me a Silverbac for Christmas and the fb fan club says not to wrap at all, i tried no wrap on some baby backs about a month ago and they fantastic with just a slight layer of bark
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  13. rexster314

    rexster314 Smoking Fanatic

    Foiling the brisket will tend to steam the meat. Takes out half the flavor. I've been using peach butcher paper for several years with excellent results. So long as you're not cooking over direct flame, it won't catch on fire either
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  14. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use a disposable pan with a small wire rack inside when I foil. Reason one being that it's quicker - so the meat is back on the smoker quicker(less recovery time), and second the meat is not sitting in the juices getting soggy. I also prefer a lighter bark. Once you hit the stall your not getting allot more smoke infusion into the meat anyway.

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  15. hardhead

    hardhead Fire Starter

    Butcher paper gets me the best results
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  16. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    is 18 inch paper the size to get or is 24 inch better for wrapping?
  17. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    24 is better for wrapping. I have a big roll of 18 and wish I had the 24. With the 18, I have to use multiple pieces to get full coverage on a brisket or a 10 lb butt. When it's gone, I'll buy the 24.
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  18. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the 24 inch being delivered today, then started to rethink it. thanks
  19. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the 24 inch being delivered today, then started to rethink it. thanks
  20. I finally bought unwaxed butcher paper but I haven't used it yet b/c I like to put meats in a pan and collect the juices which is a lot easier to do when using foil. Although I plan on trying it soon, so far it's just been used for eating crab legs and shrimp on :emoji_wink: