Pesky Brisket

Discussion in 'Beef' started by hmcm, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. hmcm

    hmcm Smoke Blower

    After reading about about and seeing all the beautiful briskets that everyone has done, I decided to try one.  I bought a small 4 lb brisket flat since it was my first one and all and prepped it for smoking last Sunday.  I just got my new Maverick ET-732 (thanks Todd at A-MAZE-N Products!) and figured this would be the perfect project to break it in on.  It all started out well for the first 4 hours and then WAM!  I hit the dreaded stall at 145°!  It started right when it started to rain.  I wouldn't have started it if I knew it was going to rain but it never rains here in California so I wasn't concerned with that.  Anyway, at hour 4, it starts to rain and continues to rain.  At hour 8 (when I was planning to pull it out), it's still at 145°.  The wife is tapping her foot, the kids are hungry.  What am I to do?  So, I decide that I better foil it.  Within 30 minutes, it gained 10° so I figured it's working.  By hour 10 it's up to 182° so at the 11th hour (7PM Sunday evening) it hit 203°.  I have to say, it was well worth the wait!  It was fabulous!  I will try another one but will start a little earlier next time!  Thanks to all for the information and help here in SMF!  I couldn't have done it without you!

    Oh, I used yellow mustard then Jeff's rib rub and rested overnight in the frig.  I spritzed every hour with a mixture of 1/2 cup apple juice to 1/4 cup of Kahlua.  Smoked with mesquite wood.  Good combo, will use it again!

    Now, you'll have to excuse me.  I'm going to have some left over brisket for dinner!  Have a nice evening!

    Now for the Q View!


    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011
  2. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Looks good! briskets love to stall.Just have to wait it out.
  3. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Have you ever noticed that a brisket is a lot like a woman.. right when you think you have one figured out, it throws you a curve ball or keeps you waiting for no apparent reason.

    Now don't be telling my wife that I'm comparing women to a piece of meat[​IMG]

    Great job on the brisket! It looks delicious!
  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the BBC "beautiful brisket club"!

    It looks very tender and juicy

    Thanks for sharing [​IMG]
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Kahlua...that's different. So how did it work out?
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking brisket! You never know what those things are gonna do.
  7. hmcm

    hmcm Smoke Blower

    The Kahlua was actually pretty good.  I've been looking into different rubs and sauces that use coffee and just on a whim, I decided to spray a little Kahlua.  I will definitely use it again but perhaps a little stronger than what I originally used!
  8. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    great looking Q you have there.
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is a great looking brisket...

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