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Brisket on Weber 22"/Slow n Sear?

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  • parkerj2
    Former Member
    • Aug 2016
    • 114

    Brisket on Weber 22"/Slow n Sear?

    Going to do a brisket on new years day on my weber kettle with the slow n sear. I've done a number of pork butts there, but first brisket (not sure the weight. haven't bought it yet).

    Any advice? No rub, will just do kosher and 16 mesh black pepper. No injections either - i want to let the smoke and beef shine.
  • JoeSousa
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    • Sep 2016
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    Most likely you will need to load the SNS up with more charcoal once or twice during the cook. When you do that just take a piece of foil or cookie sheet to place over the brisket. When you stir the coals to knock down the ash it will keep it off the brisket. Learned that one the hard way.

    Other than that just cook it until it is finished. Don't be surprised if it takes 16+ hours. But also don't be surprised if it takes 10.


    • ecowper
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      My biggest advice is about prep and knowing when it's done. Those things don't really depend on the cooker type :-)

      I totally agree with you .... no injections and just kosher salt and coarse pepper. Granulated garlic isn't bad, but not necessary.

      1. Dry brine that brisket ..... give it a good 24 hours in the fridge. It makes a huge difference.
      2. Take brisket from fridge to counter, give it the rest of your rub (just pepper, it sounds like) and then straight to the weber.
      3. It's going to stall, it's okay.
      4. At 250F grate temp, depending on size and meat quality, that cook could go anywhere from 10-18 hours. My general rule is that a prime packer with a pre-trim weight of 15 lbs will take 14 hours. And I want it to rest in the faux cambro for at least 1 hour, plus I need 20 minutes to slice. And I need a buffer in case it runs long. I give myself 17 hours from starting the smoker until dinner is served.
      5. Prime brisket usually is done at a lower internal temp than choice. Something to be aware of. Done is measured by how the probe goes into the meat, not by the actual temp. Starting checking at 190F ..... but it might take all the way to 203F to be done. Most of my prime briskets are done with the thickest part of the flat has hit about 195F.

      Have fun!


      • Elton's BBQ
        Elton's BBQ commented
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        Nice easy recepie!

      • DanMancuso
        DanMancuso commented
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        Good advice!
    • Troutman
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      • Aug 2017
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      Agreed with ecowper on the technique. I just did a small one over Christmas on my 22" kettle at 275* and got it done in about 6 hours (about 5.5#). Luckily I didn't have to reload any fuel but it was on its last legs. Not sure I could fit a 14-16# full packer on my 22", if you have a 26" then no problem. You might want to do some quick measuring before committing. Good luck !!


      • ecowper
        ecowper commented
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        That's true .... a 15lb packer fits on the WSM 22.5 just fine, but probably be difficult, or impossible, on a Weber 22 plus SnS

      • Polarbear777
        Polarbear777 commented
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        Yep a 15 will fit. Bigger will not without trimming. I usually get them in the 14-19lb range. I do have to sometimes trim off part of the flat and find other uses for that (which isn’t difficult).

        Turns out the pk360 has roughly the same size limitation as the 22” kettle.
    • parkerj2
      Former Member
      • Aug 2016
      • 114

      I will likely do a small one - it is just my wife and I. we want some leftovers, but I don't need to overdo it.

      thanks for the tips.


      • HawkerXP
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        • Jul 2016
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        Costco has some nice smallish brisket flats. You can also find 20lb whole packers but way more then you're looking for. Have fun. Don't think to hard. All you need is here.


        • ecowper
          ecowper commented
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          A 20lb packer just means more brisket for more, different leftovers ... hash, chili, Texas beans, etc :-)
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        Do it like you would on any other cooker, or like you would a pork butt on the kettle/SnS. I have a 6lb flat on mine as we speak. I cook flats the same length of time, roughly, as a packer. 10-12hrs total, including hold time of ~2hrs, at 225-250.

        I've fit a 14lb packer on my 22" w/ SnS. Not much room to spare initially, but they shrink as you cook. Worked great. Some packers may be longer than others, and this may have been a stubby one, hard to say exactly.

        This was when I was testing the SnS prototype and writing the recipe/instructions for it.

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        • scotte303
          scotte303 commented
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          Hey Huskee, would youhappen to have your recipe for the flat Brisket handy?

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          It's on abcbarbecue.com. It's essentially Meathead's main process for brisket in his article just adapted specifically to the kettle+SnS scotte303
      • Polarbear777
        Club Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 1886

        I’d suggest if you can get a whole brisket do that instead of just a flat cut. The point side is worth it, even if you have to trim some of the flat end and use it for sausage or chili etc.

        I’d probably do multiple point only cuts if that’s all I could find vs flats, but that’s just me.


        • kranknhank
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          • Sep 2014
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          • Queens new york city Lewes Delaware
          • Hi I'm Hank and new to smoking but making good food on my PBC. I just picked up a weber 22 kettle now waiting for a SnS to put in it 4 burner gas,Thermoworks chef alarm,Thermopop, Merick 732.this site educates!

          Im doing a 14 pre trim again on a 22 kettle with SnS next week. It did take 18 hours this summer. I kept it on during two hours of stall to improve the bark then I wrapped. pulled at 203 faux cambro 1.5 then showtime!


          • Red Man
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            • May 2018
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            • Western Washington

            Here’s a pick of a 14#, pre trimming, packer on a 22” kettle w/SnS. I haven’t tried anything over 14# on it.
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            Last edited by Red Man; December 31, 2018, 08:32 PM.


            • parkerj2
              Former Member
              • Aug 2016
              • 114

              got an entire packer from costco. ~ 11#. I took some pictures and will move them over to the computer to post tomorrow. It is resting now. took about 10 hours at 250-275. Decent bark, I'd say.

              I will post pics and flavor update tomorrow!


              • ecowper
                ecowper commented
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                10 hours is about right .... I just cooked a 12.5 lb packer (pre-trim weight), ran the cooker at 250 +/- ..... cook ran from 6:20 AM to 4:05 PM .... 10 hours, almost dead on.

                Hope the outcome was everything you hoped for, looking forward to the update!
            • parkerj2
              Former Member
              • Aug 2016
              • 114

              Turned out perfectly. Best I've made so far. Bark was about perfect - nice and peppery. Softened up just right with the rest in the butcher paper.

              Once i got the color (first) i wrapped in butcher paper for it to finish. That was at about 6 hours or so. Put wrapped brisket into a cooler to rest. Rested like 4 hours before we ate, but it was still warm and sliced beautifully.

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              • jfmorris
                jfmorris commented
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                parkerj2 Glad to hear it. I stressed a LOT about making my first brisket, after spending many years making ribs and butts. Turns out it's really not that different, and if you treat it right, wrapping like you did, it won't dry out either.

              • parkerj2
                parkerj2 commented
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                jfmorris yeah you're right - it wasn't my first brisket - just my first in the weber. I did one in an old bradley electric i had and didn't live up to what i'd wanted (IMO just the lack of wood and coals).

                I have in-laws in TX and i hear people laugh at the wrap. Well, Franklin does it and he won a James Beard award. (i've been there....absolutely UNREAL bite of food. just a bite of heaven)

              • jfmorris
                jfmorris commented
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                parkerj2 I've only had Texas brisket at Hard Eight BBQ in Dallas near the airport, and I know that's nothing like Franklin's, but it inspired me to do my own when I got back to Alabama. I did my first on my antique offset, and it was epic. Since I've done them on my Weber with the SNS, as it is more hands off.

                I would rather wrap and have softer bark and moist brisket, than risk dried out flat by not wrapping.



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