My First Brisket...wish me luck!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by coco, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. coco

    coco Fire Starter

    So, today is my wife's 2nd 39th birthday.  :)  We're having a giant BBQ tomorrow.  In efforts to enjoy the day, I took the day off work to smoke a brisket.  So far 70 people have confirmed...YIKES!  Yes, there will be more food cooking tomorrow.  For Christmas, my brother-in-law send me a frozen Akaushi brisket from Heartbrand Meats.  It came in a giant styrofoam cooler, and I was worried it was someone's body parts and there was a "hit" put on me.  I've never bought a brisket, but this was one fantastic looking piece of meat.  I can't wait to try it.

    There will be continuous qview.  Here it is still sealed in plastic:


    I have a fairly small vertical smoker.  Had to cut it in half.  The darn thing JUST fit, even halved:


    It's going to be sliced in the end, and reheated tomorrow.  I'm fairly experienced at maintaining temps, and getting really good TBS.  So, it's just a matter of time now.  Stay tuned!!
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congrats to your wife for having 2 39th B-Days [​IMG]

    That brisket looks huge! What is that a 20 lb er? [​IMG]

    Hope you have lots of spare time lol

    Keep the pics coming  [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  3. smksignals

    smksignals Fire Starter

    Good Luck coco. That thing is a monster. I will be keeping an eye on this thread
  4. coco

    coco Fire Starter

    It was in the 12-17 lb range based upon the website it was ordered from.  I don't just seems bigger.   There is a little wide angle lens trickery also making it look larger.  :)

    Good thing I took the day off work!
  5. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    Well Happy 39th Birthday to your wife! Twice! [​IMG]

    I love the pic with you and that giant hunk of meat. I will be keeping an eye on this thread as well.
  6. Can't wait to see the finished product. Good luck. I really want to try a brisket soon, but briskets around here are like gold. There so expensive. That's what happens when you live in "Montreal Smoked Meat" nation.
  7. coco

    coco Fire Starter

    Been stalled for a good hour now.  I'll get some more pics when I pull the smaller one out.  :)
  8. coco

    coco Fire Starter

    Alright, the smaller top piece has been done for about an hour.  The bigger piece is almost done.  13 1/2 hours and counting...

    There is qview of the whole process.  Here it is midway through.  They're both being finished in the oven at 225F under foil.  I pulled them out of the smoker at ~170F.

    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Happy birthday to your wife! That gonna be some fine eating! Keep us posted!
  10. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Happy happy .i saw a brisket like this befor it came from an elephant .
  11. It's so big your metal grates are bending! I love it. That's some serious meat.
  12. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Actually those look like 18.5 Weber grill racks.  Now that's a true optical illusion.  And it's a great idea for an extra shelf if needed.  H-m-m-m-m.  Might just have to grab the old measuring stick and check it out with the Master Forge.  Thanks for the idea. 

    And the brisket looks like a great success.  Hopefully you're going to show some money vues and don't forget the Bear shot........  He gets a bit snippy if you don't treat him nice.
  13. captturbo

    captturbo Smoke Blower

    I haven't smoked one of those yet. From all the reading I have done I figure I should smoke a bunch of other stuff first. Well I have smoked a lot of other stuff and went to buy a brisky last Sunday at Cosco. The price stopped me in my tracks and I came away with the round tip roast instead. I will get one of those beautiful briskets yet one day on sale.

    So, how does she taste? Why am I always hungry?
  14. coco

    coco Fire Starter

    The final pics are coming clean-up aftermath still needs to be taken care of. [​IMG]   The brisket was gone instantly!  It was a huge success, and I'm happy my first brisket was so darn tasty. :)
  15. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good...

  16. I totally would not have known unless you pointed that out. After further viewing I can see it now. Do those grates work better?

    That is still a big chunk of meat!

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