First attempt at a brisket

Discussion in 'Beef' started by bombo80, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. bombo80

    bombo80 Smoke Blower

    I found an overnight, 24 hours, smoke process for brisket. Thanks to okjsmoker, for that, or whomever he got it from. I really like the idea of letting it do it's thing, while I'm sleeping.

    I stopped by sammy's club and got a whale of a 14 pound brisket. It was the only one they had in the meat case. I also got a double pack of pork ribs too. I'll smoke them later this weekend. [​IMG]

    I forgot my camera, but I was able to get one picture of it, just as I put it in the smokehouse. I'll post it tonight, along with some other "after" smoke pics too [​IMG]

    I started the smokehouse when I got home, set it for ~170*. I bought a new digital thermometer. I got it on sale at targetto for $17. I wanted another one, so I could check my Maverick ET-7. I have a flaky probe, and I'm not sure which one is right. I also needed to double check the thermostat on the
    house, to make sure my dial mark is set in the right position.

    Speaking of flaky probes, I finally found replacements at Allied Kenco, for $12.50. Not bad considering the unit costs $60.

    I trimmed off some of the fat, from the brisket. Just to make the fat layer even. Then slathered it with mustard, and then my recipe dry rub. Inserted the probe into the thickest part of the brisket, and put it in the house. I also put an aluminum pan under it to catch any juices. After that I stoked up my hotplate, and hickory sawdust. I kept adding more sawdust through the evening. I figure I got a good 4+ hours of smoke put to it. I then pulled it out, and placed it in the pan, and sealed it shut, and put it back in the smokehouse. The house was maintaining a temp of 170 - 175, and the internal temp on the brisket was ~110, when I sealed it up for the night.

    This morning the IT was ~165, so I turned up the house into the 195 - 200 range, to let it finish cooking for the next 12 hours. Looking for an IT of 180, so I can pull it, wrap it in blankets/towels, and let it rest for an hour, or two. Then I'll slice it up. I can hardly wait.

    Now I just need to figure out what I want to do with the juices, as far as adding anything to it, or whatever. Anybody have any suggestions ??

    Thanks, and I'll post my pics tonight when I get home.


  2. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Sounds Good! Post some Q-view when it's done.
  3. chris_harper

    chris_harper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sounds good. For the juices, I don't add anything, they are good as is. Let's see some qview.
  4. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Where's the pic's??? [​IMG]
  5. bombo80

    bombo80 Smoke Blower

    You guys got to calm down


    I'm still at work, and probably won't get home for another 4+ hours.


    Then I'll get to play with the brisket, and take more pics. But then It has to rest for a couple hours, so any finished, sliced pics will have to wait until late tonight.

    Rest assured, I will take plenty of pics,and get them posted. Just not anytime soon.

    Sorry [​IMG]

    Bombo [​IMG]
  6. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    After another 12 hrs cooking you expect that beef to only be at 180??
    Even at 200* i figure that thing will be at 250+.......hope im wrong or missing something, good luck!
  7. bombo80

    bombo80 Smoke Blower

    house temp is only set low enough where I don't think there will be a problem. Besides, it's only 30* here today, and there is snow flurries in the air too. My house seems to maintain a move even temp when it's this cold out.

    Believe me, I'm just as excited to get home and check on it. The good thing now is, I'm going out after work, for a bump with the boys. That way I hope I can get home in about 2 more hours. I wish I had something setup, so I could look at my thermometers, from work. That might be next, who knows.

    If it happens to be to high to slice, I'll just pull it then.
  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Sounds interesting Bombo - but like Bubba I can't understand how it cold only be 180 degrees.
  9. wavector

    wavector Smoking Fanatic

    Geek with fire should be one top of that one.
  10. wavector

    wavector Smoking Fanatic

    We jonsen for some Q-view man, that's all man.
  11. bombo80

    bombo80 Smoke Blower

    Alright guys, Here's the pics from my first brisket. I think it turned out pretty good, for the first one ever. I now know what I would do different, on my next one. I'll probably remove most of the fat, and might try and sear it too. Also, I was amazed that the IT of the brisket actually was hotter than the house temp, when I got home. I pulled it at 192*, then let it rest for 2 hours, and then it was still 170*.

    All in all, I think it turned out great. [​IMG] Even though I wasn't able to sliced the whole thing. I got about a 50 / 50 mix of slices, and pulled beef.

    I also cooled the juices, and removed the fat. Then heated that up, and reduced it by 1/3. Tastes great.

    Everybody have a great Turkey day.

  12. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bombo looks good. I did my first a couple weeks ago that turned out really good to. Keep up the good work.[​IMG]

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