Smoked Brisket

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What better of a way to celebrate one year of being in the house than smoking up a brisket for friends?
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I picked up a whole Naturewell beef brisket from Restaurant Depot for about $3.50/lb. This about about 13-15 lbs, as I recall.
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And barely fit on the meat cutting board.
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I measured it and realized it wouldn’t fit on the Weber grill, so I sliced it in half, trying to get the flat and the point separated. I did a pretty shitty job of it, but well, the cut was made.
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Just did a simple salt, pepper, sugar rub, maybe a bit of paprika and cumin. Rubbed it the night before, wrapped it, and let it sit before getting ready to smoke.
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Trimmed out the hunk of fat from the middle of the point section.
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Then also rubbed and wrapped.
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Cutting it in two made it a lot easier to store in the fridge, at least.
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And then, well, I woke up around 4/5 AM to start the coals, topped with apple wood chips, brushed every few hours with apple cider, and… I must have started it a bit hot because it hit temp around 10/11 AM! I was expecting a 12 hour smoke. I was pretty sure I’d effed it up, and hard, but I wrapped it in foil and held it at 190/200F in the oven until it was ready to serve.
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It didn’t turn out too bad. I’d realized I picked the most difficult type of beef to smoke for a large crowd with no experience in smoking it before. Not a great idea on my part, but it turned out okay. Not dry, and pretty smoky! I’m happy about that for a first try. It also went surprisingly fast, so it must have been pretty acceptable to my crowd, too.

5 comments
  1. Tom said:

    i never realized we even had a Restaurant Depot locally. out of curiosity, how did you gain entry? thought it was business only?

    • Yep – there’s one in Colonie on Warehouse Row behind Target.

      Re: Entry. Oh, I have my ways.

  2. llcwine said:

    Very cool…and looks good…it’s hard on that Weber grill…I’m impressed with your ambition

  3. more than pretty acceptable! it was delicious. the apple tree that keeps on giving 🙂

  4. phairhead said:

    It was TASTY

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