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First time ever smoking anything 3lb brisket


Joined Jul 4, 2016
So yesterday on the fourth I smoked my first piece of meat ever. I chose a small 3.2lb brisket that I picked up at Walmart for $19

The day before I seasoned and wrapped the brisket and left it in the fridge. It was ther for about 24hrs.
I fired the smoker up with some hickory and got it sitting at a steady 220-230. I did really well regulating the temp for the first 3.5-4 hours, but then I had a couple temp spikes up to about 300...
Right after I put it on

I brushed the brisket every 15-20 minutes with a grilling sauce I've been making since I was 17. Once the temp of the brisket reached 145° I brushed it one more time then wrapped it with foil.
I let smoke like this until the temp reached 175° then I unwrapped it and let it smoke for about another hour brushing it twice more before pulling it off to rest for 15 minutes
And the cut...
Overall I'd say it didn't turn out bad for my first time smoking something. It did get a little on the dry side,but the flavor was on point!


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Looks pretty good,why did you unwrap,what was the finished temp?



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Joined Jul 4, 2016
Unwrapped to let the bark harden back up. Finished temp was about 180°


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180 is a little low for brisket, I usually go to 195.

Also if I choose to wrap it I keep it wrapped until it's done.

Yours sure looks good though!


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