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FINALLY finished brisket/pastrami semi q-view

Discussion in 'Beef' started by voldaddy, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. voldaddy

    voldaddy Meat Mopper

    Wow. This is my 2nd smoke, with the frst being 2 fatties. I bought a 4 lb flat last week. I started soaking it Saturday morning around 8 AM, with plans on smoking it around noon. No dice, it rained like pouring piss out of a boot all day. So, I soaked my brisket for around 28 hours, changing the water every 2 hours.

    I thought I would plop this small cut of meat in the smoker at 225 for 5-6 hours, foil for a couple, and eat it tonight. BZZZZZZZT. Wrong.

    To start with, I thought I had way more spices in my cabinet than I actually do. I was going to use pepper, coriander, and garlic and onion powder. I didn't have enough pepper to grind fresh, so I used canned pepper, I had no coriander, so I used what I had: canned black pepper, Old Bay seasoning (which I NEVER run out of), and garlic powder.

    I put it in the MES around 12:00, and it didn't reach 160 until 9 PM! I then double foiled and put it in the cooler for 2 hours. Here it is sliced up. If I do say so myself, it is pretty damn good!

    I need a better knife or way to carve, as I was watching the Lady Vols and carving and almost lost a knuckle. I'm thinking of calling in sick tomorrow so I can eat a sandwich for breakfast. [​IMG]
  2. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You're not kidding, that is a small brisket [​IMG] Q-view needs work.

    Anyway, it looks good from what I can see. It's my favorite meat on the smoker so I can appreciate your efforts.
  3. voldaddy

    voldaddy Meat Mopper

    Sorry on the q-view, hence the semi q-view in the title. I grabbed my cell and took the picture with it. You know, if I were to ever get organized, have all of my spices in the cabinet, a good carving knife, my digital camera charged and ready, I'd be dangerous. [​IMG]
  4. cowgirl

    cowgirl Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    It sure looks tasty Voldaddy.[​IMG]
  5. Looks great Vol. I am doing one today ...in the rain. [​IMG]

    Should be loads of fun.
  6. voldaddy

    voldaddy Meat Mopper

    Well, we had sandwiches last night, and they were excellent. I nibbled on the brisket while I was slicing it after I took it out of the cooler. Then, after it sat in the fridge overnight, it tasted a little saltier the next day.

    Just my .02 cents, if you are going to do one of these, I would soak overnight at the very minimum.

    I'm sitting here now trying to decide what I will smoke this weekend!
  7. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great story Voldaddy. Yep, the obsession just gets worse! pretty soon, you'll be walking through the zoo, and thinking to yourself," I wonder how that would taste, smoked"!

    Keep up the good smoke!