Easter week smokes

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jcbigler, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Did a couple of smokes last week, just now getting around to posting them.

    Started on Thursday 3/17 with brisket, then Saturday 3/19 with two rack of St. Louis cut pork ribs. Both turned out fantastic and didn't last long. 

    Brisket was a 12.87lb packer trim from Wally World, but it was a select rather than choice  [​IMG]  

    Trimmed about 1 1/2 lbs of fat off. Rubbed with course Kosher salt and course ground black pepper. Sprayed with apple juice about every hour while cooking. Smoked with hickory mini splits. After trimming, I had this flap hanging off the side of the point, which I cut off and rubbed and tossed on the smoker separately. I was surprised that it took almost as long to cook as the rest of the brisket did. Cut it up as a snack before the rest of the brisket was ready. I guess these qualify as burnt ends?  [​IMG]

    We had a pretty stiff breeze on Thursday for the brisket, a good 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. The breeze pumped a ton or air through the smoker which I think caused it to cook much faster than normal. This brisket hit 140 degrees in about 2 hours! and it was up above 160 in 4 hours and was 171 degrees when I wrapped with butcher paper at 6 hours in. Pulled the brisket off right at 9 hours and the point was 205 degrees and the flat was about 201 degrees. Set it on a cookie tray and wrapped with a piece of foil and an old towel and let it rest for about an hour. 

    This flat was just a little bit under tender, but very moist and flavorful from the rub and smoke. I attribute the untenderness to it being a select cut rather than choice. The point as melt in your mouth barbecue candy. 




    On Saturday 3/19 I did a pair of St. Louis cut pork ribs. Rubbed with salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and paprika. Also sprayed with apple juice every hour while cooking. Wrapped in foil after 3 hours, the ribs were about 170 degrees. Put back on for another 2 hours and they were above 200 degrees. 

    I did two racks because I was going to sauce one and leave one dry. But at 5 hours, they were done, and I was hungry so I decided to just eat them as is. They were very moist, and fall of the bone tender. Loved them as did my daughter. 

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  2. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks like some good eats!

    Nice job!
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Those are a couple of really good smokes!

    Everything looks delicious!

    Great job!


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