Brisket Brine

Discussion in 'Beef' started by brokenwing, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. brokenwing

    brokenwing Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I am new to this website and Im curious to what some of you may think. I have smoked about a half of dozen briskets so far, and I always Brine them for 12 to 24 hours in salt brown, sugar, onion powder, and black peppercorns. after that I give them a good rub with some hickory rub, and smoke them. The briskets always come out so tender, and Juicy, but I want some views from you guys that have been doing this for a while on brining meat. I know most people only brine brisket for corn beef, but im not leaving in the brine for days.
  2. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic

    For me, I always just use salt and fresh cracked pepper on a room temp brisket before I introduce it to the smoker and then foil at the 160 mark and take it to 205 and I always get the desired results of tender and juicy without a brine. For me I guess I'm too worried it'll pick up too much salt.

  3. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I have only brined a Turkey & the skin did not come out too good but the meat was great. I guess I have always equated brining with poultry or pastrami & not your heavier meats. I may have to try it sometime.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I personally have never heard or done a brine on a brisket. But I'm all ears when it comes to new things and ways. If it makes my brisket any better I'll try it once. It does sound good and I again have one in the freezer.
  5. brokenwing

    brokenwing Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Thanks everyone for the replies, being new to this fourm I wanted to get some reviews. The brisket never tastes salty, and I only usually let it sit in the brine for 12 hours. I love the results, but the next briset I do I will try it with just a rub, and do a comparison to see how it tastes. thanks again everyone.
  6. brokenwing

    brokenwing Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    any other opinons.
  7. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I don't brine or inject mine, but I do marinate it (note that the difference between a brine and a marinade is that a marinade has acidic substances in it). Here's the marinade recipe that i use:

    1 1/2 cups red wine
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 tablespoon wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 tablespoon paprika
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    2 teaspoons black pepper

    I'll let that sit overnight, then I use a simple rub:

    1/2 cup paprika
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    3 tablespoons garlic powder
    3 tablespoons onion powder
    2 tablespoons oregano

    I smoke it at 250* (fat cap up) for 3 hours in Mesquite, foil it, and put it back in until it reaches temp (usu around 2 hours). Then, I'll remove it and keep it foiled for an hour or so while it rests.

    This process produces a great bark while leaving the inside tender, juicy, and flavorful.
  8. brokenwing

    brokenwing Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    mythmaster sounds like a great recipe. What size brisket do you normally do. I normally get around a 12# brisket. It normally takes around 12 hours to reach temp. I have a easter request so Im going to brine it do to family request, and I will post pics along the way. After that Im going to take your recipe and try it out, and compare the two. Thanks for the info i appreciate it.
  9. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Mine are normally pre-trimmed and around 12# as well. I think that the trick is smoking high around 250* (to maybe 275*) for 3 hours (this develops a nice crust especially if you use a good rub with plenty of paprika -- and, also it allows you to use a stronger wood such as Mesquite since it is only taking in smoke for 3 hours) and then foiling it to retain moisture until it reaches temp. At 250* this really won't take much more than 2 hours. Then, of course, you'll want to keep it foiled and let it rest for an hour or so. So, you're looking at a total cook time of around 6 hours.

    I've had great success with the marinade and rub recipes that I've posted here. They produce a wonderful taste that is greatly enhanced by a favorite barbecue sauce on the side.

    Anyway, let me know if you try them and what you think. I'm always up for adjustments. [​IMG]

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