FIRST BRISKET

Discussion in 'Beef' started by christophcbv, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter

    Happy Canada Day.  What better day to do my first brisket.  Today is the day...  Got myself a 6lb USDA brisket, put a nice rub on it last night, read a ton of forums on here over the past few days (great information by the way) and ready to go in just a little bit to do my first ever brisket.  There are so many different ways, so I really think its up to the cook's decision on how to do it and do a little trial by fire, or trial by error.  My quick plan is to smoke it between 225-250 until up around 190-195, pull and let sit.  Anticipating 1 hr 15 min per pound.  Not gonna wrap (this time) and prepare a bbq sauce and au jus sauce and see how it turns out.  Thoughts?  Additions?  Things to watch out for?  Pics to follow as the day progresses.  
     
  2. gitaryzt1985

    gitaryzt1985 Fire Starter

    I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out!  I'm doing my second brisket this weekend.  The first was a little tough and dry, but it was a little bugger and I think it was just too small.  I'm going to try to go for one about 6-8 lbs this time.  I think the jus sounds great.

    One thing I do with butts, whole chickens, and briskets is I finish them in an oven in a roasting pan (on grates to raise the meat up) with beer, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper.  It creates a jus that is just amazing.  Let the meat get to 190 and then roast in the oven on 300 till you reach 200.  Delicious!
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2015
  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Just know that Brisket can not be cooked to a specific temperature and be tender every time. I have had brisket perfect at 185 and as high as 215. At 190 or so you want to start poking it with a probe or toothpick or something and when it goes in like butter you are done cooking. Don't forget to wrap it up in foil and stow it in a cooler for an hour or so after that. It really makes it even more tender. The number one reason for dry brisket is undercooking and not resting it correctly. Good luck and don't forget the Q view.
     
  4. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Subbing for pics.
     
  5. gitaryzt1985

    gitaryzt1985 Fire Starter

    See, I did not know that.  I will keep a close eye on mine when I smoke it since it is a smaller cut.  Thanks!
     
  6. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter

    I've read it can turn out well both ways, whether you wrap it or not.  The main thing, like you said, each one is different, so once that toothpick slides through, you're good to go!
     
  7. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter


     
  8. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter

    It seems to be cooking quickly...  90 min and its already at 140.  Shall I predict a stall in the near future..?? lol.
     
  9. How's your temperature been? Did you start it at room temp or straight out of the fridge?
     
  10. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter

    It was out of the fridge for 20 min... and the cooking/smoking temp has been 225-250... 
     
  11. gitaryzt1985

    gitaryzt1985 Fire Starter

    That does seem like a very short time to get up to 140, but you still have a ways to go yet.  Let it go and see what happens.  I'm really interested to see what happens....my brisket is only 2 lbs!!!
     
  12. Yeah that's pretty normal as the smoker heat stays the same and your meat temperature rises it will begin to rise more slowly.
     
  13. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter

    It still stall, but is now at 180 after 4 hrs...  starting to speed up again. 
     
  14. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter

    Yep... so it did stall and it turned out to be cooking/smoking for 5 hrs plus and I took it out and let it sit for 20 min approximately before cutting.  It was great.. company loved it (I wanted to wrap, however no one wanted to wait, so they get what it is) and it was good.  Rub had some kick, but the meat was good and cant complain.  Here are some pics... Thoughts?
     
  15. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter


     
  16. aggie94

    aggie94 Smoking Fanatic

    Pictures look great!  Nice bark and looks juicy, hard to make those folks wait.
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2015
  17. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    Nice job and thanks for sharing!
     
  18. Nice !!   Looks pretty tasty   Good Job

    Gary
     

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