Starting my first Brisket, Fajita style

Discussion in 'Beef' started by mcgyverism, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. I'm going to try my first brisket this weekend.  I need to perfect this before my daughters graduation party in May, where I'll be the chef of the day.

    I started with a 14.5 lb. USDA Angus Cryo-packed Brisket.  The entire brisket would not fit in my marinade bowl, so I cut the end off and placed that in a one gallon zip lock bag.  (In the future I will leave this whole, as I will use a large clear bag to marinade a large cut of beef it.) From reading my master chefs cook book, he says to trim the fat cap off, because if you are marinating a cut, the marinade will not penetrate through that much fat.

    My sister made Fajitas this past week, and gave me her recipe for a brisket, and I thought, man, that might be great as a marinade, then to smoke the meat!  so last night I cut and doubled this recipe for the marinade, putting a little in the zip lock bag as well.

    Pictures to follow after the smoke this weekend.

     


    Here is the Fajita recipe, again, double this .

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    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup lime juice from 6 to 8 limes
    • 1/2 cup canola oil
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin seed
    • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder (see note above)
    • 3 medium cloves garlic, finely minced (about 1 tablespoon)
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  2. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    M, Keep us posted on the results!
     
  3. aceoky

    aceoky Smoking Fanatic

    I'm in!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]I am in!
     
  5. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    Watching this....
     
  6. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like a great plan!:grilling_smilie:
     
  7. That sounds good. Hope it turns out well, anticipating future pics.
     
  8. Looks like a tasty mixture! Sure it will be great!
     
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  10. Eager for an update...but the marinade pics have my mouth watering.
     
  11. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  12. OK all.... I started smoking the larger brisket at 6:00 am, thinking it would take 10-12 hours.  Good thing I inserted a thermometer inside the meat, because it was done at 11:30 in the morning, and that was with an internal temperature of 180.  At one time, the wood in my FB got a little hot, internal smoke temperature was 350, not 250.  Who know's how long it was at that actual temperature, because I would go out and check the temperature every 30 minutes, but it was enough to affect the total time.

    I tented the meat with aluminum foil, and brought it into the house to cool.  After about 1.5-2 hours, the temperature was just under 140, I went to work slicing the meat.

     

    The marinade flavor was not very strong since I smoked the meat.  The wife loved the smokey flavor.

    On the smaller brisket that was in the one gallon zip lock bag, I decided to pan sear it in a cast iron pan like Mexican fajitas.

    Holy Moly Captain..... that was a damn good fajita.  The flavor was just like Tex-Mex fajitas.  LOTS of flavor.  Even though the Pan fried version had all the fajitas flavor, we all liked the smoked version better.  Of course what is a fajita with out a good Pico-de-gallo?  I made this in the morning, and it really complimented the fajitas.  I used to live in San Antonio Texas, and this is the closest to Tex-Mex you will ever get!

    Pico-de gallo

    6-8 firm Roma tomatoes, cut into small pieces, (then put in a colander for 30 minutes to get rid of the juice.  Very important)

    1/2 Lime, While tomatoes are resting in colander, drizzle the half lime over them. (Must be a lime, not a lemon)

    1/2 onion chopped

    1/2 cup Cilantro chopped

    1 tsp. Sugar

    1 tsp. Cumin.

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    Once tomatoes have rested for30 minutes in colander, mix in the rest of the ingredients, and refrigerate for a few hours.
     
  13. whatsfordinner

    whatsfordinner Fire Starter

    NH
    Man that cooked fast. Sounds and looks great!
     
  14. Sounds and looks delicious
     
  15. rexster314

    rexster314 Meat Mopper

    Usually brisket doesn't get tender till it hits 190-195. Was the main portion tender? Marinades are sometimes hit or miss with big cuts like a brisket, when I do it, I'll use an injector to hit the thick parts
     
  16. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty, no photos of the fajitas?
     
  17. Looks Good, NicecJob

    Gary
     
  18. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Mcgyverism, Welcome!

    I must say that for a first attempt at a recipe you obviously hit a home run!  Great color, smoke ring, and texture.  You dun good son!

    Keep up the great work and congratulations!

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  19. I bet those fajitas were amazing!  We've been using left over smoked meats to put in the wok for stir fry dishes.  The smoked meats re-cooked like that are fantastic!  Good work!!
     
  20. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it that looks great, nice job

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    DS
     

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