Another brisket attempt...

Discussion in 'Beef' started by salsashark, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    Well, brisket and me... we haven't always gotten along. I don't know if it's just the wrong seasonings, wrong cooking method, or just wrong me. Anyway, I was inspired the other day  to fire up the smoker this morning and give it another shot. 

    Since everyone's weekend was booked, I figured this would be a perfect time to experiment and try to replicate some of the other cooking methods that I've read about on here. I figure if it all goes bad, I'm the only one who's put out.

    So I headed down to the local grocers and found a small brisket point to throw in the smoker. 

    Rubbed it down good last night:

    • paprika
    • season salt
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
    • ground jalapeno powder
    • black pepper
    Fired up the smoker this morning and got it up to 225. With hickory in the smoke box and the water jacket full, on went the meat.

    Several hours later, the brisket hit 170 so I tossed it on some foil, threw in some Lynchberg mop, then put it back in the smoker until 190.

    Going into the foil:


    It's sitting in the cooler wrapped up in some towels right now. I'll snap a Qview when I pull it out for dinner. 

    Here's to hoping for a positive outcome!
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2010
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sure looks good from here!

    I'll wait with you,

  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep looks good I can't wait to hear how it turns out. Did you do anything different than you have in the past? 
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looks nice and waiting on the money shot
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great...
  6. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    Well... the taste was spot on, but a bit dry.

    Had a temp spike when the water jacket ran dry which I think led to the meat being a bit on the dry side.

    Next time, I'll start it in a foil pan... then cover the pan... 

    Oh well, at least it tasted good... and it will be real good on a sandwich tomorrow during football!

  7. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Definitely looks good and that's a great shot in the foil.  Congrats on a great smoke!  [​IMG]
  8. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    sounds like you got the better of the brisket. Looks great. 
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty!

    You could also do it the same way as you just did, but foil it at 165˚ (instead of 170˚) with a little juice added. Then pull it at 195˚, instead of 190˚. Then wrap it in towels & put it in a dry cooler for an hour or two. That way you would still get the benefit of all the good smoke you get because it isn't in a pan, plus you would get a lot more moisture than this time, because it's covered for a longer time (after getting a lot of smoke). Also even gets more tender from the extra foiled time. Should still be able to slice at 195˚.

    Also save the juice from the foil, separate it from the fat, and serve it on the side.

    Just my suggestions,

  10. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great picture in the foil! Nice color. Brisket seems to be my nemesis. Maybe one day I'll try it again. If I keep seeing pics like yours it might be sooner than later!
  11. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    I'll definitely give this a try. thanks for the advice.


    I hear ya... I can smoke a turkey or ribs like nobodies business but the brisket is my unicorn. It's people like on this board that offer good advice and encouragement that make me want to keep trying. I'll get it eventually, getting closer every time.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2010

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