To Wrap or Not To Wrap

Discussion in 'Beef' started by heubrewer, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. Yes, I wrap my brisket

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  2. No, I just keep in on the smoker as is

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  1. heubrewer

    heubrewer Meat Mopper

    A quick poll

    Would like to see who wraps their brisket DURING the smoking/cooking  process.

    To be clear I am not talking about wrapping AFTER it reaches the desired texture/temp but rather when it reaches the stall

    So...Do you wrap your brisket during the smoke?
  2. I do not wrap. I don't want to loose the bark that I worked so hard to get.

    Happy smoken.

  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I wrap to take advantage of the moist cooking of Braising in the foil. Briskets can be dry and any help retaining moisture is useful to me. Bark gets soft but a quick turn on thr Grill wil remedy that situation. If you timing is perfect, and you can go from smoker to table. I...[​IMG]. But if for any reason you wrap and go in a cooler, the bark will be softened anyhow. I am way more concerned with Juicy Meat than I am with Bark. That is just my thing when it comes to Brisket...JJ

    NOTE: I plan to try Aaron Franklin's Paper Wrapping technique, It is still wrapping after 6 hours or so but should improve Bark retention over Foil. We will see...
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have taken to a unwrapped-wrapped-unwrapped technique.... kind of like 3-2-1 ribs. I wrap at 165° with a bottle of good beer, take it to 180°, then unwrap and take it to finish (usually around 200°). This helps it through the stall, keeps it very moist, but the final unwrap is long enough to re-set the bark nicely.

    It also gives me some nice juices in the foil from the wrap to serve the slices with..... but I also do like unwrapped briskets as well, I just cook them very low and slow to avoid drying them out when I do it that way.
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I wrap, but based on the desired time in smoke rather than the stall point.

    The strange coincidence is that my desired time in smoke pretty closely equals the stall point.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes I wrap at about 165*.

  7. I always wrap, that's the best thing about a Packer is that you can still get the good bark after you separate the point and make burnt ends
  8. I don't wrap my brisket but I put it in a tin foil pan from the start. By the time the meat is up to 190 degrees the brisket is swimming in Au jus. After I have let the meat rest and then cut it I put the slices back in the Au jus.
  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I personally believe that the answer has to do with your smoker!

    Do you need that extra moisture?

    Seriously you are changing a long smoke to a short smoke, why do you consider a 12 hour smoke short? LOL

    If you are burning charcoal or wood, I can understand it. Cost of resources and that the moisture needed.

    If you could be sure of an exact time of completion either way and needed to plan it, maybe.

    But since I and currently using an electric, and don't need the moisture, don't need to worry about resources, in no hurry to finish, and love that lovely unsteamed bark. bAlthough since I got these store bought teeth the softer steam bark ain't bad.

    I don't wrap, when I do it is just to increase my experience.  
  10. I wrap after about 6 hours, with butcher paper 

    gary S
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wait, I'm a wrapper. Me and Snoop wrap a lot, when we are not huntin wabbits
  12. I wrap with Butcher Paper on Briskets and Pork Butts. They turn out super moist and the butcher paper lets them breathe so you have a better bark.
  13. kcphilaflyer

    kcphilaflyer Fire Starter

    I wrap butts and briskets because I don't want to wake up at 2am to have food ready by dinner :)

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