My First Brisket

Discussion in 'Beef' started by disco, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok, this is a partial lie. I have had one other full packer brisket but it was given to me so I made it into Montreal smoked meat to share with my benefactor. However, this is my first straight up smoke on the second packer brisket I have been able to get my hands on. Briskets are rarer than an impolite Canadian here in the Rockies. However, my brother brought me this one from Love's meats in Vaigreville, Alberta. It is a well traveled but much appreciated piece of beef.

    It was a small brisket, 4 kg or 9 pounds. I just stared at it in awe for a few minutes.

    The night before cooking, I opened her up and trimmed the large not of fat at the connection of the point and flat and took some of the hard fat off the fat side. I saved the fat for my all beef hot dogs.

    Then I made up an injection of:
    • 125 ml (1/2 cup) beef stock
    • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) soy sauce
    • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) Worcestershire sauce
    • 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) onion powder
    • 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) garlic powder
    I shot it in every inch or so.

    I put it in the fridge until the next morning (I got up at 4 am, who needs beauty sleep?)

    I mixed up my rub, 4 parts coarse pepper, 2 parts kosher salt, 1 part onion powder, 1 part garlic powder. I gave the brisket a good rub.

    I let the brisket sit for an hour while I fired up the pellet grill to 240 F.

    I put the brisket on and settled in for the long haul.

    I have been reading Franklin's book and followed his instructions of leaving the brisket alone for the first three hours. Then, I started spraying it with a fine mist of water every hour.

    He also suggested the time to wrap was after the stall when the bark was nice and dark. I went by that colour and wrapped about 1 pm, 8 hours in the smoker.

    I brought it in and wrapped it in butcher paper and put it back in the smoker.

    At 4:00 pm, 11 hours in the smoker, the internal temperature hit 190 F and I started testing for doneness. Franklin said you could feel it and get it. However, I didn't really know what it would feel like. I used a skewer to see how tender it was. 

    By 4:30 it was at 195 and the skewer seemed to go in easily and I took it out.

    I cut the point off and rewrapped the flat to sit wrapped in newspaper in a cooler.

    I tossed the burnt ends with 1 cup barbecue sauce mixed with 1/4 cup beef stock and put them back in the smoker.

    Two hours later, I started carving the flat.

    I plated the burnt ends.

    We served them with rolls and a couple of She Who Must Be Obeyed's great salads.

    The Verdict

    This was absolutely wonderful but not perfect. The beef was moist and tender but not the pull apart tender you want from a brisket. I am sure I pulled it too soon. That being said, my best friend was over for dinner and said it was the best food I've made. Regardless, it was delicious. The seasonings were on point, the brisket was moist and had big beef taste and the burnt ends were fall apart and wonderfully sweet/spicy.

    I would appreciate comments and suggestions as this is my first go.

    mdboatbum, smokinal, tropics and 11 others like this.
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It sure looks good from here Disco!

    For your first try I'd say it was a winner for sure!


  3. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Disco, the brisket looks fantastic, beautiful smoke ring also. Point!

  4. bummed

    bummed Smoke Blower

    Wow that looks perfect to me!

    Points [​IMG]
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Al. I will work on that bend test you got!
    Thanks, Red. It tasted great.
    Thanks so much for the point!

  6. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Man that looks good Disco!! It might not have been pull apart, but it was tender and juicy. I'd have to say you nailed it first try.


  7. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice lookin brisky there!
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are kind, Gary. It was delicious but I can do better!
    Thanks. I hope I can get more and do it again!
  9. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Looks and sounds great, Disco! Tender, juicy and flavorful is what it's all about, right?

    I hope you can find another one soon. They're addicting.. Next time let it ride to 203 or 205. You'll be pleasantly surprised, though I swear it takes forever to travel that last 3 or 4 degrees!!


  10. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Dan! I will try that next time. I will get one by hook or by crook!
  11. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Looks great Disco, nice ring! I agree with letting it ride a little longer but definitely beautiful and point worthy!!!
  12. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great! I find leftover ps make a great hash for breakfast especially with some sunny side up or over easy eggs.:drool
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Lance. The point is very kind. I also appreciate the advice. Longer it is!
    That would be wonderful!
  14. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit all looks delicious to me!!! Heck, I would have eaten 2 plates myself!!


  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Sauced! Your generosity is appreciated!
  16. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Absolutely awesome smoke Disco ! That brisky looks so tasty, nice job ! Thumbs Up
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Justin. It was very good and well received but I can do better!
  18. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Awesome brisket Disco!  Sorry to be so late, life sometimes gets in the way.  I knew you'd be attempting a brisket from your other post.  I prefer your brisket to my last two that fell apart when slicing.  

  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Mike! It was definitely tasty and I will get the cook just right if I can get some more briskets to work with.
  20. jshank

    jshank Newbie

    This looks amazing! Great looking brisket

Share This Page