My first brisket

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by teddybbq, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. I've finished building my very first brand spanking new UDS and I will be ushering it in this weekend with a brisket for about 11 people.

    This will be my first attempt at smoking and was hoping to get some pointers from you people in the know.

    What kind of rub can I use on the brisket if I should use a rub at all?

    Should I make a sauce?

    What temp must the inside of the smoker be and what temp must the meat be?

    How long will it take?

    How do you keep your heat consistent over a period of hours?

    Any help will be greatly appreceated!

  2. Wow - brisket for 11 people for your first smoke! Dam* the torpedoes full speed ahead!  [​IMG]   There are many rubs you can use on brisket - check out some of these threads for ideas  I cook brisket at a smoker temp of 225 - 250* & monitor the IT of the meat. Once it reaches 175* I start testing it every hour with a toothpick - once it goes in & out effortlessly I pull it. This has happened at a wide range of ITs - from 177 - 200* I then wrap the brisket in foil & put it in a cooler to rest for at least an hour before slicing it. As for time you can figure roughly 2 hours per pound but brisket has a mind of its own & can be very unpredictable. If you have enough fuel in your UDS & your vents are set properly you will have no trouble maintaining temp for hours. Good luck with your smoke & take some pics for us [​IMG]
  3. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    There are many brisket recipes and methods out there, finding the one that works for you is the key.  But of course being your first one, feeding a crowd, you really don't have any time for experimentation, so below I have posted my method, works well, you can slice, pull, or chop the brisket after this method.  As far as rub, just about anything wil work on a brisket, the cut is so large that the rub is a minor part of the flavor alongside the smoke, the beef should be the stand out flavor, the star of the show.  If you have a seasoning that is popular in South Africa, maybe a steak or beef seasoning, that will work just fine.  You could also use any of the rubs you can find here on SMF as well.  Best of luck to you and your smoking adventure!

    225-250 pit temp, smoke for 4 to 6 hours until the IT reaches 160 or so.  Fat side up or down, your preference, but if your heat source is below the meat, go fat side down to protect the meat from direct heat which defeats the purpose of smoking meat.  Wrap in foil or butcher paper your choice once the IT has reached 160 (if your not a wrap guy, at the very least pan it at this point to catch and save the precious juices that will begin to come from the meat as it enters the stall, these juices will come in handy later for vac sealing leftovers or if your brisket turns out dry), continue the cook until the meat reaches 190 IT, at this point start probing the flat section (thin, lean end) every 30 minutes or 5 degrees of IT increase, until a toothpick or probe can be slid in easily, like probing a tub of butter. Once you have reached this point, pull the brisket from the pit, vent the foil or other wrap for about 10 to 15 minutes to allow the cooking to stop and the excess steam to escape, wrap in foil or foil pan if it is not already, place in a cooler wrapped in towels for at least an hour, 2 or more is better.  Once the IT of the meat has dropped down to 160 or below (optimal temp for the juices to have been redistributed through the meat), it is time to slice it and enjoy.  If your slices tend to be a bit dry, simply dip in the au jus or place the slices in a pan and drizzle the au jus over the slices, this will both enhance the flavor and assist with the moisture.

    Have fun and most all have patience!

    A simple Texas style rub to try: 4 parts kosher salt, coarse black pepper, brown or turbinado sugar, then accent with 1 part each onion powder or flakes, granulated garlic, then ½ part each of cumin, chili powder and cayenne.
  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    SPOG is a good one too.  Salt, Pepper, Onion and Garlic Powder.  The meat will need your patience and enjoy that smoke.


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