Does this sound like a good approach?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by coachwalrich, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Going to be smoking for the first time in my Master Forge vertical smoker this weekend


    Brisket - Using Jeff's rub recipe and rubbing the brisket and saran wrap it and stick in the fridge

    Pork Spare Ribs - Using Jeff's Naked Rub - rubbing the ribs and putting them in a foil pan in the fridge

    Saturday: (Want to eat around 7:00 PM

    7 pound brisket at 225 - put in smoker at 8:00 AM (thinking around 1 1/2 per pound and a hour 1/2 rest time?)

    Pork Spare Ribs using the 3-2-1 method at 225 - put in the smoker at 12 PM

    Thoughts on this set-up?

    Brisket on top or ribs on top shelf?

    Any advice would be awesome to hear...thanks in advance!

  2. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Jeff,

    Personally I would wake up an hour earlier and toss the brisket on at 7am for two reasons;

    1) I am really paranoid in not being late

    2) Give it a better rest than 1/2 hour...I always rest minimum 2 hours in a cooler

    You plan on the ribs is solid.

    I would put the brisket on top in a foiling pan and put the ribs on the bottom. :)
  3. you will be busy with the ribs

    i'd keep them up top
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd put the brisket on even earlier if you're going to be cooking at 225. Like 5am. Not to sound like an alarmist but this forum is riddled with horror stories of briskets taking upwards of 18 hours. That's what smoking at 225 will get you if you're not prepared for it, long smoke times, unpredictable stalls and hungry, grumpy dinner guests. There's nothing wrong it in theory, you just need a lot of time and flexibility. If your brisket is done early they hold for hours wrapped in foil, then towels and placed in a cooler.
    Good luck and be sure to let us know how it turns out.
  5. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    [​IMG]   Agree 100% with Boatbum on this...Better to have it done early and resting in a cooler until time to serve, than have it stall for hours and have your hungry guests standing around looking at you, wondering when they're gonna get to eat.

    Good luck, and please post some qview!

  6. [​IMG]  and remember to post a Qview.

    Happy smoken.

  7. Agree with this.  Never fun to tell your guests that it will just be a while longer.  Plan for events that MAY not happen.  Or you can do your brisket at 240F like I do. 

  8. Thanks everyone!

    I will post pics!

    Just made the rubs!!
  9. This train is leaving the station [​IMG]

    Can't wait for some pics

  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Coachwalrich , hello this grand day [​IMG]  Read your post and feel compeled to warn you about Briskets , check my post , "now the Brisket" .I had a 7.5 one and yesterday it took 11hrs. to cook . I had not trimmed mine though ,the fat kept it moist though.[​IMG]  . 

    As was mentioned , Briskys are tempermental and you must plan for a possible long smoke. I use the L&S method but you could try  a hot & fast, although if you've not done a Brisket , IMHO , you should go with the Low&slow . Easy to dry a Brisky , especially If it has been trimmed of fat .

    You Rib plan is good , however.

    Be sure to send Q-view and let us drool [​IMG]

    Have fun and . . .

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