Adding fat to a lean trimmed brisket.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by flyinlizard, May 19, 2014.

  1. I was recently given a very trimmed, rolled and tied brisket flat of about 5 lbs.  It has no flat cap at all.  Could I get some beef fat from a butcher and lay it on top of the meat so it melts during smoking or should I just use that other cooking utensil called a,,   crock pot,  I know blasphemy.
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you're cooking this low & slow, I suggest you un-tie and unroll it. That's a possible food safety issue, otherwise. If it's rolled, it's meant for a bit hotter, faster cooking. Added fat to render down will add flavor and make it less dry eating. You could drape some nice bacon over the top, wonders on a lean-trimmed pork loin...never tried it on lean-trimmed brisket (yet...LOL!!!).

    Last edited: May 19, 2014
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Laying a layer of fat to a lean, trimmed hunk of meat is called Barding. It is a classic technique that works well. Don't forget to add Rub under the fat. It gives lots of flavor. When the IT hits 170°F, pull the fat off and get some bark on the top of that brisket...JJ
  4.  Thanks for the info,  I forgot to add that I had planned to unroll the meat.

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