My 1st Brisket (over cooked)

Discussion in 'Beef' started by smokin - k, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    So I read a ton on the forum last week in preparation for my first Brisket attempt.. I got home from a party late Saturday night / Sunday morning and decided if I didn't get it started then that I was going to have to put it in the freezer and wait another week. It was like a watching a dope head jonezing for his crack pipe. There was no way I was waiting any longer!!! So at 1am I applied Jeff’s dry rub fired up the smoker to 225 and plugged my thermometer in (ET-732). Due to my drunken state I couldn't figure out the high and low temp alarms and fell asleep / passed out with what I thought was a steady 225 smoker temp... WRONG! I then wake up 8 to 9 hours later to my smoker being at 325 and the internal temp of the meat at 200... Was able to have a brisket sandwich that morning (great for hangovers by the way) but could tell it was not a successful first attempt. Little tough and on the dry side. So the moral of the story is if you drink make sure you can tell the difference between 225 and 325 degrees...

            So to not let it go to waste I took out my meat grinder, a couple of Walla Walla Sweet onions (out of the garden), some mayo, brown mustard, sweet zucchini relish (my dad makes). After grinding the onion and meat I mixed in the other ingredients to make a nice meat spread... Holy crap it turned out soooooo good! Not that I was hoping for 6 pounds of meat spread but it beats it going to waist. Feel free to share your alternate methods of utilizing over cooked meats, as I'm sure this wont be my last mistake...

                                                                                      Happy Smoking, Smokin - K

  2. ohm

    ohm StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    Nice rescue on the meat! I know how you feel same thing happened to me on a pork shoulder a few years ago....passed out in the lawn chair. Woke up a few hours later and the fire had gone out so I could not even recover the meat for anything else.
  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dude, nice At least you didn't hurt yourself...I've lost a finger tip or two trying to make a sandwich while toasted. On the bright side, this will make for an interesting story you'll bring up from time to time.
  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  Awesome post[​IMG]
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They will never admit to it.  But the truth is that part of being a good cook is knowing how to salvage screw ups.  Not that you screwed up.  Another thing people won't tell you is that if you have never had a disaster, you just haven't cooked enough!  Looks to me like you did an awesome job!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great recovery!!   [​IMG]
  7. Great story. Glad you could salvage it in a good way. Nice job. Like old DW used to say" If you never screw up you ain't workin hard enough"
  8. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cooking mishaps has happened to all of us at one time or another-some you can save and others you just have to drop into the trash bin and hope that you learn from it.

    Nice job of saving the brisket!
  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice post .if it happens again you can sliced it thin and steam it for an hour it will be a great
  10. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Out of Lemons, Make Lemonade!

  11. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    The wife doesn't like the tecture of the meat spread so I'm all alone on my "meat wiz" island all by my lonesome.. If life gives you lemons.... Keep em cuz there free lemons... [​IMG]
  12. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Meat wiz island..... I like that LOL [​IMG]

    You just took the scenic rout to a brisket sandwich! Still brisket, still a sandwich!

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