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Stepping up to a brisket


Smoke Blower
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Joined Aug 29, 2006
I am going to smoke my first brisket this weekend, along with a variety of other stuff as I usually do (actually it will be Monday before I get to smoke). I have a few questions.
1. Should I marinate the brisket, if so suggestions please?
2. I use Jeff's rub on my ribs, can I use it on brisket as well?

I was thinking of a pineapple juice/Jack Daniels spray/mop, anyone ever tried anything like this?

It will be the virgin run for my Bar-B-Chef offset smoker that I just seasoned last night. On second thought I think I will do the brisket in my verticle smoker as I have more experience with controlling the temps on it and I don't want to screw up my first brisket.

Other things on the list to be smoked
Beer Can Chicken
Boston Butt
a fatty or two
and of course some ABT's on my new Chile Grill.

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.



Master of the Pit
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Joined May 21, 2006
IMO. simpler is better with brisket. I like mine best with nothing but salt and pepper, or a dusting of Tony's creole seasoning. The meat has a flavor that will stand on its own.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jul 9, 2005
Hey Jabo,
Rodger is right on. However, I have used Jeff's rub on brisket and it was wonderful and your mop sounds promising. I've never used that particular one but as has been said many times, its what you like that counts.

Also, if you haven't already done so, you might want to use the search feature on this fourm to review some of the suggested ways of doing the brisket. Also, don't forget to foil and put it in an insulated (blankets, old pillows etc) cooler for the finishing touch.


Smoking Guru
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Joined Jul 7, 2005
jabo, good idea on using your old smoker on the brisket, I am familiar with that 'Comfort Zone' feeling.

It's a nice feeling to add the one of the big three to your "can do" list- Ribs, Butts and Briskets.

Jeff's Rib rub works great on butts, so I think it should work great.

Good luck!


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Joined Apr 17, 2006
I too have used Jeff's rub on briskets and would recommend it. Good luck on your first one Jamie.


Smoking Fanatic
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Joined Jul 21, 2006
Good luck with the smoke! Keep us posted and have fun today!!

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