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Trimming brisket


Meat Mopper
Joined Dec 21, 2006
Thanks for the links Chad
! The step by step pics were awesome! I was in Sam's Club last week and saw my first whole brisket and was at a loss as how to go about turning something that big into good eats
. We haven't ventured into the brisket zone yet but am hoping to try one this spring. Thanks again
! Daun


Smoke Blower
Joined Jul 12, 2006

One thing I would ad to any beef I smoke would be Fat. Fat adds flavor.
Think about a really lean 93% hamburger vs a hamburger from about 80% lean
the 80% burger always tastes better. I would leave the fat on and cook/smoke it with the fat up, the fat will melt down through the meat and give it even more flavor.


t-bone tim

Master of the Pit
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Joined Feb 24, 2007
I am a firm believer that good qaulity meat has to have fat for a superior flavor when cooked ,trim it later.
I get lots of complaints from friends and customers about tough meats they experience ,only to find out they bought the leanest bright red beef they could find ( because they wanted lean ) and they just do not understand that the fat needs to be there while cooking....leave it on is my vote .


Meat Mopper
Joined Dec 28, 2009
Since I can't open the link for trimming the point off.......I want to try what ya'll talk about...cube the point & put back on the smoker....that sounds yummie............but what happens to the rest of the brisket (slice it up after it "rests" ?)

capt dan

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Joined Nov 2, 2007
Yes, slice it against the grain in 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick slices!


Fire Starter
Joined Nov 18, 2009
I trim the fat between point and flat to where it is barely connected. Trim most of the fat off the flat and find which direction the grain goes and then make a small cut off the corner showing which direction I will slice when it comes off. Cut is only about half inch in just enough to be recognized after cooking. Im no artist but here goes


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Feb 5, 2010
smokaholic - simple damn picture but makes the point! Thankyou. Thats an idea I will be putting to use this weekend for sure.


Fire Starter
Joined Nov 18, 2009
some people use toothpicks to point the way. I like my method just a bit better I also throw that little piece in right next to brisket and in about an hour of smoking its a great little nibble LOL. Glad I could help.


Joined Feb 12, 2010
When I trim a whole packer brisket, i usually only trim off the "hard" fat that I can feel along the top edge, and what feels hard between the point and flat. Still leaves plenty for flavoring!


Meat Mopper
Joined Feb 14, 2015
this is a pretty good video showing basically the same method I try to use for trimming

Trimming starts about 2 minutes in

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ab canuck

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Yep Learned something that I did'nt do before. Worth the time to look through...


Smoking Fanatic
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Joined Oct 7, 2012
This video of Aaron Franklin teaching a course at Texas A&M is worth a look to see how he trims a brisket. I started doing this about a year ago, and really like the results.



Master of the Pit
Joined Apr 30, 2016
The above video rexter shared is a snippet from a series of barbecue camps put on by A&M's Ag & Life Science Department.  They typically sell out within minutes of the opening enrollment, with some running around $4K per head.  It's a who's-who of Texas barbecue, and it's amazing that these legends check their egos at the door and are willing to freely impart their knowledge and experience with the participants.  One name, Robb Walsh, has written several books on Texas lore and cooking, not the least of which being "The Legends of Texas Barbecue"--a must read to understand the passion and devotion to this art form, is a participant.  Another incredible pitmaster, Tootsie Tomanetz, has been tending pits for nearly 50 years, and has been recognized as the best barbecue in Texas at Snow's where she has been since 2003.  This amazing woman in 2015 was invited to present at a barbecue town hall at A&M, bringing in the best of the best from all points.  She was there and presented all right, albeit a little difficult for her to do so:  she'd buried her husband of nearly 60 years the day before.  Below are links to the A&M series, a good read on Franklin, and an even better read on Tootsie.  Both stories are excellent:  for those who want to cut corners, take the easy way out, and fake smoke rings on meats, hopefully these stories will change their perspectives.  Enjoy.




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