Friday night briskets with a bacon hat

Discussion in 'Beef' started by kaiser, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. kaiser

    kaiser Smoke Blower

    Hmm - is this a bad idea, or a great one?

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    There's a nice layer of mustard and Billbo's rub under the bacon.

    I don't want to kill the char, but I'd like to keep the brisket  really moist and flavorful...  They've been in for nearly two hours now - maybe I should take the bacon off after 4 or so.  Any thoughts?
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice lookin' Bacon...Might as well leave it on until it is cooked...Hmm Barding a Brisket with Bacon, different!...Were the Briskets that lean?...A typical 1/4 inch trim would have been plenty to help keep the Beef moist...Should be interesting to see if the bacon made a difference...JJ
     
  3. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you want to keep the bacon edible, don't leave it so long that it crisps up to a powder; leave it on long enough that it does its job then pull it off and consume!
     
  4. kaiser

    kaiser Smoke Blower

    They weren't unusually lean - two 9 pounders from Sam's Club - I'm just paranoid of dry brisket.

    I did this once before with a turkey.  The turkey was so-so, but the bacon was WONDERFUL
     
  5. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man I'll bet that will be 1 killer brisket. Bacon can't hurt it any and I'll bet it helps a bunch. I'm with pops leave it on till it's nice and crisp pull it off and then ya got some nice bacon to munch on. I agree with JJ that is some mighty fine looking bacon nice and meaty. Did ya make that yourself or buy it?
     
  6. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Everything better with Bacon :drool
     
  7. kaiser

    kaiser Smoke Blower


    It's just store bacon from HEB.  I haven't tried smoking my own yet - that would be awesome.

    BTW - I owe a huge thanks to SMF.  I've been doing this on and off for about a year now and everything I've made has been wonderful thanks to the advice I found here.  People go NUTS for the ABTs (I make 'em with a combination of onion/chive cream cheese and extra sharp cheddar on the inside, and I figured out that by wrapping them in completely raw bacon they get to cook a bit longer and they come out a little bit charred, wonderfully salty, and fantastic)
     
  8. markk

    markk Smoke Blower

    Let us know how it turns out and post some pictures as it's going along. We like pictures!
     
  9. kaiser

    kaiser Smoke Blower

    Removed the bacon after 4.5 hours...

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  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It sure sounds like a great idea, but I wonder how well the bark will form & how much smoke penetration you will get in the brisket. It will be interesting to see your results.
     
  11. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OMG BACON with a side order of brisket!  Isn't it fun just to experiment?!
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
  12. Looks wonderful. I was thinking about that idea but i was thinking about having the bacon on a rack above the brisket.

    Can't wait to see the finished briskets....& would love some to eat.
     
  13. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow it is a crazy idea and it looks great can we see a slice of it?
     
  14. kaiser

    kaiser Smoke Blower

    Well the bacon was fantastic, but it did prevent a decent bark from forming. It wasn't a complete failure but i probably won't do it this way again.

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    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
  15. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yummy[​IMG]
     
  16. ronrude

    ronrude Meat Mopper

    I like the idea of the bacon on a rack above.  That would be the best of both worlds. 
     
  17. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hell bacon will make a dog turd taste good!  [​IMG]
     
  18. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    Oh really? Sorry Rick. That was too tempting to pass up. [​IMG]
     
  19. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You bet.  LMAO
     

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