First Brisket

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jake628, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. jake628

    jake628 Fire Starter

    I will be doing my first brisket this weekend and would like some guidance.  I recently upgraded my smoker to the Traeger Lil Tex Elite and absolutely love it.  I have a 5.5lb flat cut brisket we got from Costco.  Traeger has a great cooking guide called Brisket 101 that pretty much walks you through the process but I still have some questions.  They suggest to foil the brisket when the IT reaches 160 and continue cooking till the temp reaches 190.  Since I have had terrible luck with foil wrapped items I plan to use a disposable alum pan and just cover it good.  Would this be a good time to add some liquids and/or aromatics while it is covered for flavor like we do for ribs and shoulders?  What would be the estimated total cooking time for this size brisket?
  2. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    That is what I do with mine and it turns out good....

    I add some apple juice at this point.....

    I would say around nine hrs could be shorter or longer I would add a hour or two, then hold in a cooler.

    some one should be by to give you better info in just a bit.

    good luck.
  3. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sunman76 has you covered, I like to go with a (minimum) cook time of 2 hrs per pound.

     The more time you allow for cooking, the better.

    It will hold for several hours in a cooler wrapped with towels if it's done early.

       [​IMG]  and remember the Qview
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like the guys have your answers!
  5. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    good Luck
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---Sunman covered it real well!!!

    I only add very slight differences in mine:

    Foil mixture at 165˚ for Beef:

    Apple juice----------------------------6 ounces

    Kens Teriyaki Marinade------------1 ounce

    BBQ Sauce (your favorite)---------2 ounces

    I also take it to 200˚ IT for slicing, but I use an electric knife for slicing it (could get very tender).

    Nothing wrong with what you already have there though!!!

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  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like they got you covered.
  8. to foil or not to foil, that seems to be a bit of a debate around here.

    good luck and congrats on the smoker!

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