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Can I dry brine brisket for 2.5 days before cooking?

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  • guycalleddave
    Former Member
    • Apr 2017
    • 31
    • Lansing, MI

    Can I dry brine brisket for 2.5 days before cooking?

    I want to do a brisket for a party but I'm gone 2 days before on a business trip. Is this too long of a time?
  • bbqoaf
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 752
    • Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Not at all, more time will only allow the salt to disburse more evenly, I'd say for a thick brisket it might even be best to give it that much time.


    • Troutman
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      • Aug 2017
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        SOUS VIDE


      Agree. Brisket is a thick piece of meat. There is a point where the salt stops penetration but to leave it beyond that should not hurt a thing. I've gone 48 hours routinely.


      • Polarbear777
        Club Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 1887

        I have. As long as you measure the salt precisely so you don’t use too much it should be fine.

        Coldest part of the of the fridge would would be best.
        Last edited by Polarbear777; August 27, 2018, 07:25 AM.


        • JakeT
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          Not too long, I can't remember the exact rate of absorption of salt but I know I've done 3 days and it worked out great. I know meathead has an article about dry brining and somewhere I read at some point that even after 24 hours the salt won't penetrate an inch. I think you'll be perfectly fine dry brining 2 days in advance.


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            • guycalleddave
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              much obliged everyone.


              • au4stree
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                Originally posted by guycalleddave View Post
                I want to do a brisket for a party but I'm gone 2 days before on a business trip. Is this too long of a time?
                I've dry brined briskets ~24 hours, I don't see where 48 would hurt. Good luck


                • FireMan
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                  • Jul 2015
                  • 8260
                  • Bottom of Winnebago

                  Nope, not to long. When ya get back, we want some pics.


                  • ecowper
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                    • Jul 2014
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                    • Maple Valley, WA
                    • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
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                      Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
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                      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

                    I believe that Jerod Broussard routinely dry brines everything 2+ days


                    • JeffJ
                      Charter Member
                      • Feb 2015
                      • 2458
                      • Michigan
                      • Jeff

                      When I buy meat, even meat that is destined for the freezer, I dry brine it right away. The pork butt I smoked for my son's grad party was dry-brined about a month before the party. The meat came out great.


                      • Jerod Broussard
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                        I like at least 2 days. On cheap Selects that have flats that look so bad they would murder their mothers, I like to go three days.


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