My first Brisket, and it sure won't be my last

Discussion in 'Beef' started by fire it up, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So I was finally able to do my first brisket.
    Now it's not that I haven't wanted to do one for a long time but in my area the cheapest I have ever seen brisket go for is $4.49lb! Well, I was browsing at a newish super walmart they built a few towns over and couldn't believe it, brisket for $1.86lb!!!

    So now down to the good stuff.
    Made up a batch of rub to try out, it turned out really good and I'm going to try it on several things.

    Fired Up Brisket Rub:
    2T kosher salt
    2t black pepper
    1t white pepper
    2t paprika
    1t cayenne pepper
    2-3 dried chipotles, powdered (about 1 1/2T) but the more the better
    1 1/2t brown sugar
    1t oregano
    2t garlic powder
    1/2T mustard powder

    Here's the 9.99lb brisket after a night of resting coated in olive oil and rub

    For snacking I made some ABTs and stuffed mushrooms that were cooked at some point during the 14 hour smoke.



    Here are some progressive brisket shots

    Whew! Once all that was done it was finally time to get some rest.
    Later that night I reheated it in its own juices, in the oven at 225 for 45 minutes.
    Made a finishing sauce that Rivet sent to me, don't imagine he would mind me sharing with you good folks.

    John’s Kansas City Style Brisket Finishing Sauce
    1 small onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 TBSP olive oil
    1 cup thick tomato sauce
    1/3 cup molasses
    ¼ cup vinegar-preferably apple cider
    2 TBSP chili powder
    2 TSP mustard powder
    1 TSP celery salt
    1 TSP paprika
    1 TSP cayenne
    ½ TSP CBP
    ¼ cup water, or more if you think you need later

    Sautee onion and garlic in oil until onions are soft. Be careful do not let the garlic get brown-it gets bitter. Add remaining ingredients and simmer ½ hour or until thickened.

    It was really good, only thing I did different was add smoked garlic instead of regular, and I would do 1/2T less chili powder. Wasn't too hot but personal preference would be a tad less chili powder flavor.

    (I love smoked garlic)

    Before reheating


    Brisket took 14 hours with a 3 hour plateau. Kept the heat steady and it eventually worked its way through it.
    What else...hickory, 225-250. Took to 170 then placed in a pan with its own juices and brought to 190.
    I read some trim theirs and some don't so I decided to not trim but next time I will as I hated losing some of that bark to pieces of fat.
    It was everything I imagined a good home smoked brisket would be, I think I'm in love [​IMG]

    Thanks everyone for looking, Happy Smokes to you all.
  2. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    Man o man that looks good...Gotta try the smoked garlic too!
  3. That looks fantastic. I've been wanting to try some stuffed shrooms. I've got a pork shoulder waiting for the weekend, I may have to give those a shot too!
  4. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    beautiful! points for a great first job!
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    That all looks awesome [​IMG] Judging by the looks of that I'm sure you'll be doing lots more briskets [​IMG]
  6. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

  7. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Looks great!! I love the looks of those shrooms!! Brisket - by looks like it was perfectly cooked. What else was on your smoker, a meatloaf?
  8. I'm drooling all over my desk and keyboard at the office right now...

    Nice Q-View![​IMG]
  9. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Now that is a nice looking brisket. Great job. Glad you found a deal on them..
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thats some fine looking brisket there fire. I know that won't be your last. It is well worth the time all yummy and juicy. got to go and get something to eat now. Great job fire
  11. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice indeed, great job on your first.............points to you my friend.
  12. That is a very nice looking brisket. I keep banging my fork at the screen.
  13. Great job on your first brisket. By the way you got any left overs?
  14. Looks like a great time and good eats! OK so I gotta stuff a brisket into my smoker now thats the next thing!! like you I'm faced by high prices too.. I 'll find one !!


  15. dirtman775

    dirtman775 Smoking Fanatic

    Im feelin ya fire....the cheapest i could find was 3.29 a #. must be brisket weekend here in jersey im doin my first on sunday.Qview to come
  16. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    good looking grub there-great first brisky.
  17. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't fear the brisket! Good looking grub there.
  18. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Only a few words, awesome and points![​IMG]
  19. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nicely done, and great thread with pics!

    The trimming can be a hard lesson learned, when in doubt, leave extra on it, especially the softer fat. The harder suet looking stuff can get trimmed of pretty close to the meat!

    Now that ya done one, I bet its not as hard as ya thought was it?[​IMG]

    looks like you have done more than that one![​IMG]
  20. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job! [​IMG] It looks delicious!

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