Packers on Sale at HEB (in Texas)

Discussion in 'Beef' started by rabbithutch, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just bought an 18-1/2 pound cryo-vac sealed brisket full packer for $45 and change. Going rate is $2.47 a lb for the first 2 pacs and $3.48 a lb. thereafter. At my store, they had been picked over pretty well but I suspect that the offer might extend to Labor Day.

    I need pointers. My MES is out of commission until I put the new heater element in; so this will have to be done on my Weber OTG. The brisket is too long to fit under the lid. I'm guessing that I'll have to cut it in half to get it on the smoker. I will use the snake weave and a mix of hickory and pecan chunks in the KBB.

    How should I prep the cut? How much trimming does it need if any? How do I go about getting the best results? I will be shooting for a cooking temp of 230 to 250 degrees and bringing the meat to 200 IT. My Maverick ET-733 should held with controlling that.

    I see that Jeff put out an article by email on briskets. I haven't read it yet but plan to do so thoroughly. My biggest concern is getting and holding cooking temps for such a long time. I'm guessing upwards of 20 hours , , , maybe more.


    Last edited: Aug 27, 2015
  2. aggie94

    aggie94 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the heads up.  Cutting it in half won't hurt it at all, if anything it may get done a little quicker.  As far as prepping trim the fat down to around a 1/4 inch all over and cover it/rub it in salt and pepper.  Try to keep it closer to 250 if you can and I bet you get done sooner than 20 hours, somewhere in the teens.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2015

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