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Smoking a brisket


Smoke Blower
Joined Feb 11, 2009
I seasoned a brisket with my favourite spices and then vacuum packed and put in the fridge. My question is how long can I leave it before I smoke it? This Piker


Master of the Pit
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SMF Premier Member
Joined Jan 14, 2014
if it was fresh when you bought it I would say 5-6-7days is no problem, as long as your fridge is kept pretty cold. 34-37, it takes a while for beef to go bad.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Feb 18, 2015
What was the sell by date on it when you opened it?
So funny story from Costco on this...I need them to pull a fresh box of briskets out because the cooler was empty. he was labeling and tossing them out for me to pick from and the sell by date was only 2 days out. I asked him WTF is that about "we make it up". I think he should care more about his job... I then went to the mega Costco and all the sell by dates were realistic, which was like weeks out. just a funny little gem.


SMF Premier Member
Joined Apr 15, 2019
I thought the sell by date for vacuum packed meat was made it because it can last a long time in those bags. And no one regulates those dates, they are left up the business.

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