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Frozen Prime Costco Brisket

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    Frozen Prime Costco Brisket

    I've had a Prime Brisket from Costco in the freezer for a few months. It's all thawed and ready to trim and smoke tomorrow. I've never stored a brisket in the freezer, I've always used them within a few days of purchase. Will a thawed brisket cook dryer? I'm thinking of injecting. I've ever done that before. Any experience with cooking frozen and then thawed brisket?

    Thanks, in advance.

    It will be fine. I’ve made prime rib roasts that have been vacuum sealed for 2 1/2 years, briskets that have been vacuum sealed for 1 1/2 years. They’ve all been fine.
    Last edited by Mosca; June 12, 2021, 01:00 PM.


      I hear its very dangerous to eat frozen / defrosted meats. For your safety please take it from the freezer and ship to my address immediately. I will forgo any hazardous waste disposal charges this time.


      • Panhead John
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        Hawker has moved. His new address is:

        Panhead John
        Houston, Tex.

      The potential water loss from thawed briskets is minimal compared to what they puke up during smoking.


      • JimLinebarger
        JimLinebarger commented
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        Well said!

      • Steve R.
        Steve R. commented
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        Today I learned that brisket drippings can be made unappealing.

      • fzxdoc
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        Jerod Broussard what a way with words you have...


      I cannot unsee “Randy” cookin that frozen brisket. 😳


      • Panhead John
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        It is forever etched in my mind as well.

      I’ve become kind of a fan of injecting when I do a brisket on the PBJ, especially when I do them hot and fast. You probably don’t need to, but they come out really juicy.


      • Thomassen
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        I've never injected. What is your procedure? With the grain? Against the grain? Both? I decided to go without injecting this morning.

      • Soonerpop
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        With the grain.

      I decided to smoke without injecting. Up at 4:30. Brisket trimmed from 17.6 lbs to 12.5, Dalmatian rub, and hung at 5:30.


      • Panhead John
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        Got some pics for us?

      Sorry, no pics this time out. The point was melt in your mouth tender and half of the flat was very nice too. One third of the flat seemed dry. Very little smoke ring. Flavor was good. No complaints!


        I check for a smaller brisket every time I hit Costco, so good to know I can freeze if I am lucky enough to bag one of the elusive buggers.



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