wrapping brisket in butcher paper

Discussion in 'Beef' started by atcnick, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    I saw Franklin BBQ from Austin on the cooking channel.  I saw them wrap the brisket in brown butcher paper at some point during the cook.  Anyone ever do this?   I'm going to give it a try very soon.   I've looked online but the only brown butcher paper I have found comes in 1000' rolls.
  2. smokinal

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

    Never heard of it. When do you wrap it?
  3. Saw a show once where the final product was served on/in butcher paper, but also never heard of wrapping at any part of the process.
  4. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    I have not tried it but I also saw it on some show and saw it discussed on another website. They actually wrap the brisket during the smoke and finish it off in the butcher paper. Basically they are using the butcher paper instead of foil. I don't remeber if they put any liquid in the paper but the brisket came out unbelievably tender and juicy. They also served all their BBQ on butcher paper as well.
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Isn't there a chance the the paper could start on fire if it was exposed to closely to the flame or is there enough wax or whatever coating on the paper that there isn't a big worry? Even so I would still be a little worried unless they put it in a pan or something or have a way to make sure there is no way it could start on fire. I have only ever really used freezer paper so I'm sure what is all in butcher paper.
  6. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No not in Africa sorry
  7. bobthesmoker

    bobthesmoker Newbie

    Parchment paper is intended for use in cooking; as long as it did not come into contact with a flame parchment paper would be safe.  I don't understand how it would be better then foil.
  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree.

    I don't see the benefit over foil.

    They must have a reason, but I don't know what it is.

  10. mikeknaps

    mikeknaps Newbie

    The butcher paper "breathes" a lot more than foil would. It helps retain all the moister and slowly release.
  11. roy behymer

    roy behymer Newbie

    The benefit over foil is that foil creates a steam container, which can make the bark mushy and anything but bark-like. Butcher paper breathes and soaks up some moisture and fat. Not all the steam is retained so the bark can still get crusty.

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