First Brisket Smoke

Discussion in 'Beef' started by pa_smoker, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. pa_smoker

    pa_smoker Newbie

    Well last night I went to the local butcher and picked up a six pound brisket for Saturday. I rubbed it down and it is currently in the fridge, I am sick with anticipation. I had a couple of questions that I haven't really settled on for myself, and I know everyone has their own method but I would like to get a general idea of what I should do.

    1. How long into the smoke should I wait until I start to mop?

    2. At what temp should I foil and how high of a temp should I take the brisket to until I rest it in a cooler? I am going to slice it.

    3. What are you guys paying for your brisket? I payed $4.59/pound and I thought that seemed a little high since it isn't a real choice cut of beef, but I don't really have much of a point of reference.

    Q-Vue to follow.


    oh yeah I am also throwing on some of Dutch's Baked Beans, I made some last weekend and they were AWESOME!!!
  2. chrome

    chrome Smoke Blower

    Total smoke took about 12 hrs Fathers Day
    6# center cut brisket cost around $20
    Rubbed the night before and left in the 'fridge
    After 2 hours I started spritzing every hour with Apple Juice
    At 160 I foiled with apple juice, pulled it out of foil at 190.
    At 200 I pulled it off the smoker. I forgot about the cooler, but let it rest for 1/2 hour before slicing.
    It was very juicy, and a big hit with everyone. You could cut it with a fork.

    And of course Dutch's Beans, ABT 's and a fatty... LOL

    It was my first brisket. Hope this helps.
  3. reddog

    reddog Fire Starter

    I foil at 6 hrs or so cooking at 250. Wet mopping with apple/ apple ciders.
    I like Cherry smoke best. I cook until 190 or 200 when said and done. I also have cooked to 180 put in the ice box then the next day into the oven at 200 to 200 darn good eats.
  4. doctor phreak

    doctor phreak Smoking Fanatic

    pa that sounds pretty expensive could be the area you are in...but i bought a packer cry o vac 13 lbs for only 25.00 bucks
    but what i did was threw it on and smoked for about 6hrs then foiledfor 4 hrs and then back on without foil for about 2hrs to set the bark and in the cooler for 1hr and it was awesome great bark and flavor , juicy , man makes my mouth water talkin about it.....hope you have good luck...i imagine your brisket will take about 6-7 hrs total at 250-275
    post them qviews too
  5. I pay $1.99 for whole packers up here in Vermont. You are getting ripped off.
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I bought a couple briskets about a month ago and they were 1.69 lb went back today and they wanted 2.49 lb asked about volume discount and ended up buying a case of six for 1.89 lb. I also start spritz after hour and a half to two hours. As for methods here is a link follow it and it'll be good

    Good luck and post us some Qview
  7. pa_smoker

    pa_smoker Newbie

    Thanks everyone for the input.
    I had a feeling that was a little high in price, but the butcher shoppe I get it from is kinda on the expensive side but always great quality.
    Can't wait for tomorrow morning to roll around!!
  8. pa_smoker

    pa_smoker Newbie

    Here is the Q-view so far. Today is the perfect day to be out smoking some meat! I got a wireless meat thermometer at walmart last night for $15. I calibrated it and it was 211 in boiling water so not bad. Brisket has been in for a little over three hours and is at 134 degrees.

    Brisket with the rub on it before going into the smoker:

    Brisket in the smoker:

    More pictures to follow
  9. pa_smoker

    pa_smoker Newbie

    Sorry it took so long for me to post, but here is the finish product. I ended up eating it for lunch with Dutch's Beans for 4 days last week. I loved it!
  10. Looks really good. How long did it end up taking?
  11. pa_smoker

    pa_smoker Newbie

    I had projected that it would take around 9 hours. I ended up having to battle the elements because it became pretty windy about half way through the smoke and I had trouble maintainting my temperature in the smoker. So it took around 11 hours total!
  12. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    PA Smoker, that looks really gooood![​IMG]
  13. vince

    vince StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    Looks really good,

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