Greetings all! I live in WV. In my area, we don't really have a quality butcher within at least an hour drive. I would like to get a brisket, and have been thinking about buying from Amazon or Snake River Farms. Does anyone have any feedback or suggestions on other places to look? Thanks!
Hi, I followed the steps in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qm-nm4Z7wA&t=15s
and I my brisket turned out dry and dense. I'm hoping you can tell me where I went wrong:
- ~5.5 lbs (pre-trimmed) of Prime Angus grain fed brisket point from https://shalhoob.com/butcher-shop
- trimmed as much of the silver skin off as I could
- trimmed off hard fat and tried to leave 1/8" to 1/4" of fat
- seasoned 24 hours prior to cook with 50/50 coarse black pepper and kosher salt
- used Kamado Joe lump charcoal and two medium chucks of mesquite hardwood
- ambient outside temperature was low-mid 80s
- waited until grill came up to temp and smoke was mostly clear before putting meat on
- put meat on fat side down
- cooked in Classic III using sloroller, on the lower level rack
- cooked with water pan on grill
- used Thermopro two probe digital thermometer (1 probe at grill level, 1 probe in thickest part of brisket)
- grill temp ranged between 245-270, but mostly 250-260
- took ~6.5 hrs to get to 170 internal temp
- wrapped in foil at 172
- took ~1.5 hrs to get to 203
- at ~203 a wood shish kabob skewer did go through meat, but still felt a little resistance. At this point I pulled it b/c I was concerned about over cooking
- kept in foil, wrapped in towel, put in cooler for 1.5 hrs
The brisket had bark and a smoke ring. Pencil thin slice passed pull test. But it was dry and dense. The attached photos are from the day after the cook and the meat is cold.
I recently picked up 3 boxes of Forest Lumps charcoal at a KCBS event here in town and the vendor told me that this was a great Beechwood charcoal from Europe. It rated highly recommended on the Naked Wiz site. It lit very fast and seemed to burn well, but it produced a lot of smoke. This is the first charcoal that I have purchased that was not from either Walmart or HD and am not sure why or if this product is better. Has anyone tried this lump?
Yesterday I smoked my first brisket with the Joe. I've smoked briskets before in my Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES henceforth) and they were phenomenal. This one turned out with great taste, but I know I could have done a lot better in terms of texture. The bark was nice and crispy which I loved, but it came out a little tough. I've identified several differences in the process I followed on the MES, but I always want to learn from the best so I welcome all input - suggestions, constructive criticism, etc.
MES vs Joe:
Flat and Fat Cap on MES vs just the Flat on the Joe (I don't think the briskets I smoked on the MES were full briskets - they weighed in from 7 to 10 lbs, and the one I smoked yesterday on the Joe was just over 5)
Drip Pan filled with water (coffee, actually) in MES vs no added moisture on Joe
Texas Crutch after 4 hours on MES vs all grill time on Joe
Brushed with Mop Sauce pretty frequently on MES vs untouched on Joe
Wood chips on MES vs wood chunks on Joe (doubt this contributed, but wanted to capture it)
Internal Temp 195 on MES vs 200 on Joe
5-6 hours on MES vs 7-8 on Joe
Those are the differences I can recall. The MES produced a much more tender brisket, but the bark wasn't crispy at all, and borderline soggy in some places. This makes sense given the drip pan, the aluminum foil and the basting. My hope is that I can somehow obtain that perfect bark and a more tender bite.
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