WSM brisket. Second smoke. Q-view!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by whodatatdado, May 15, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone,

    Just found this forum and love reading all the great posts. So I thought I'd post my brisket experience for your reading pleasure and advice :)

    Started the coals on my weber smokey mountain at 11:30ish pm. Filled the smoker to capacity with unlit kingsford with about 20 lit coals on top of the unlit.

    Threw 2 chunks of apple and one of hickory.

    Added the brisket (an 8 pound prime packer) at 11:45pm.

    I didn't have to touch the smoker till 8am when it was at 225 degrees. I stoked the coals a bit (oops... Didn't realize all that ash would float UP!) and I added about 5 wine bottles of water. internal temp of the brisket was 183. :)

    The smoker ran between 225 and 250 the whole time, averaging at around 233.

    By 10:15, probing the point was like probing room temp butter, but the flat was a bit harder, so I left the meat on till 11, then pulled.

    I believe the internal temp was around 190, but i really can't remember.

    So... Results!
    2 hours in... Looking good!
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    What a great sight at 8am.
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    I had to taste at around 11.
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    after a 3-4 hour rest.
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    My thoughts were that the point was perfect. Very tender and moist.

    The flat was also tender but not as moist as I had anticipated. I had nothing to compare it to since this was my first time eating BBQ brisket.

    Is the flat always a bit dry?
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2011
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looking good!!

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  3. Thanks Craig,

    Just signed up.

    Steve
     
  4. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    glad to have you hanging around! Nice brisky! Did you foil it when it hit 165ish? That helped keep everything moist when I smoke packers. Congrats on your success!
     
  5. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I foil at 165º, That will help retain some moisture.

    But yes,The flat is never as juicy as the point,Due to its fat content.

    Your first brisky looks good from here  [​IMG]

    Thanks for sharin' with us
     
  6. boulder buff

    boulder buff Newbie

    Wow that looks really good, nice smoke ring as well!
     
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job!

    Besides foiling the other thing that really helps a brisket it to keep your temps lower, more in the 200°-220° range - this especially applies if you are not going to foil.
     
  8. Thanks all!! I didn't consider foiling, but will do it on my next brisket for sure.

    I'll also consider a lower temp. Can someone let me know what to expect with regards to how much time a lower temp of around 220 would do to cooking time? Would it add one hour? 3 hours?
     
  9. smokinal

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

    Welcome to SMF. Cooking at a lower temp would probably add a couple of hours to the cook time, but the meat tends to be a little juicier.
     
  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Since you have to go by temp instead of time it is kind of hard to say how much time it would add. But part of the theory behind it is water boils at 212 °F, so the higher the temp in the smoker the faster you "boil" the juices out of your piece of meat. I usually guestimate approx. 1.5 hrs. per pound, but that is strictly guesstimate.
     
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks real good!

    Foiling at 165 should make it more moist.

    Bear
     
  12. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice, good job[​IMG]
     
  13. [quote name="JIRodriguez" url="/forum/thread/106481/wsm-brisket-second-smoke-q-view#post_632487"]
    Since you have to go by temp instead of time it is kind of hard to say how much time it would add. But part of the theory behind it is water boils at 212 °F, so the higher the temp in the smoker the faster you "boil" the juices out of your piece of meat. I usually guestimate approx. 1.5 hrs. per pound, but that is strictly guesstimate.
    [/quote]

    This is interesting. I'm definitely going to research this more!

    There goes my evening :)
     

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