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Featured First Brisket - First smoke on 26" kettle

Discussion in 'Beef' started by chopsaw, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Well I now know what all this Brisket talk is about . In 30 plus years of cooking / smoking on Weber kettles , I have never done a brisket . I had never actually eaten brisket .

    I recently bought a 26" Weber kettle . Figured the first cook should be brisket . I have to say just looking at the 26 , I love it . After the performance of the first smoke on it ,, that feeling is 10 fold . This thing is awesome .
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    So I bought a choice brisket from GFS . 11 plus pounds untrimmed .
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    No pics after the trim , but if it looked like it wasn't needed or to thin I launched it . Trimmed the fat to about 1/4"

    I ground up Black pepper and Himalayan pink salt . Put a thick coat on , wrapped and in the fridge over night .
    So at this point I'm not sure how to move forward , because of cook time , what temp will the kettle run at ,,, when to start it .
    So lets shorten this up , Here's how it went / turned out .
    Got some good input from reaching out to some of the guys .
    Sunday night I did a test with the snake method .
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    Good burn time , so I ran the snake around the rest of the way , added mesquite chunks every 6 inches . Put the meat on @ 6 pm Sunday night .
    The kettle ran 8 hours at 260 degrees . No dips / no spikes . Impressive . I pulled the brisket off and wrapped in foil at 2 am . Snake still had a foot or so left . Flat was 174 and stalled . I put it in the oven at 225 and went to bed . 7 am Monday the temp alarm goes off , 205 both ends . Didn't probe . Got back up and in a cooler , wrapped in a towel .

    Stays in the cooler 4 hours . It's down to 154 . I reach out to a couple members . Back in the oven @ 11 am set to 170 . Stays in the oven 'til 5:00 . Waiting for my son to get off work .

    Sliced the flat . Most fell apart , but it's really good . Very moist , a bit dry on the very end . I did inject this with a phosphate injection .

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    We ate almost all the flat the first night . I will have to say that course salt and peppers rub is perfect on this .

    So I got a tip from a Texan , to fridge the point end , slice and re heat . Perfect . Melt in your mouth , just perfect .
    Second day , lunch

    Supper , added some spicy sweet pickles to mine . No sauce needed .
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    I'm very happy with this . Really good . Not a text book brisket cook , I know . The performance of that 26 and the out come on my first brisket ,,, I'm happy with both . I had so much fun with this .
    Had some good help and advice from Farmer , Tallbm , Schlotz and others .
    Thanks for lookin .
  2. Sowsage

    Sowsage Meat Mopper

    Looks great chopsaw! Ive only done 2 briskets ever and they both turned out well but definitely room to improve! Awesome first cook on that new toy of yours. Great way to break it in!
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  3. That brisket looks fantastic - congratulations! Wasn’t the taste just amazing?
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  4. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Man that looks good. Way better then my first time , second time. LOL
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  5. siege

    siege Smoking Fanatic

    I enjoyed your whole write up, but the best part was your joy, and the fact that you had so much fun with this. Sometimes that should be what its all about, not just putting a pile of food on the table. Thanks for sharing, it's so much better to say " I feel your joy ", than " I feel your pain " Stay enthusiastic !
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  6. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thank you . Can't wait to do another . I hated to get the kettle dirty !

    Trolly , it was amazing . Thanks for the comments .
  7. siege

    siege Smoking Fanatic

    Take pride in getting the kettle dirty. At my house, it's called seasoning and or patina LOL
  8. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    Nice brisket man! Way better than my first time too! Never smoked on a kettle but all these posts lately have me wanting to get one. Although I’m pretty sure my wife would kill me if I brought anything else home for awhile after the griddle purchase! Points for sure
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  9. siege

    siege Smoking Fanatic

    Ummmm, yeah, honey, it's an um, ah, oh yeah, a 26" mini satelite dish, yeah, a TV dish. I know it's pretty small...,but hey, it MIGHT work. If not, we can figure out something to use it for, right ?
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  10. jlud

    jlud Smoke Blower

    I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking about the 26” kettle....miss that charcoal and hickory flavor....I just need to fire up the WSM for my non pellet fix.
  11. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Chopsaw lost his brisket virginity, and in a big way. Man that looks sooooooooo gooooooood. Excellent Job. Your gonna love that 26" - use it well.

    Point for sure
  12. tropics

    tropics Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Rich that looks amazing thats all I can say amazing POINTS
  13. kelbro

    kelbro Meat Mopper

    Looks really good. Weber sure has things figured out, don't they?
  14. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great and I bet it tasted amazing. Like!
  15. creek bottom

    creek bottom Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the new Weber and congrats on that first brisket!!! Looks AMAZING for sure!!!
  16. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks ,, It was good . I was surprised . Thanks for the help and advice
    Thanks . Brought me back to stick burner days .

    Thanks Vol . It was melt in your mouth .
    Chris hooked me ,, I'm happy I bought it . No regrets at all .

    Chris thanks for that comment . So much room on that 26 , I love it .

    Thanks Richie . Can't wait to do another .

    It's a cookin machine , only one cook , but the way it held temp was awesome .
    Eddie it did , Thanks bud .
    Thank you for the comments .
  17. drdon

    drdon Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Best way to break-in a bad habit. Congratulations! I like the entire meal- Brisket Beans and Tots.
  18. browneyesvictim

    browneyesvictim Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice Job! Congrats on the Kettle. Looking forward to more stuff on it!
  19. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks. Ready to do another brisket
    This one is almost gone . Breakfast , lunch and supper !
  20. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Fantastic looking brisket and write up!
    Congrats on the carousel too, it was definitely worthy of making it.

    You are ready more brisket adventures and I'm looking forward to reading about them, keep it up! :)