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    Father's Day Brisket Feast

    Rather than post results I am going to try doing this live-blogging style.

    First off, the menu. I do not have recipes per se, just lists of ingredients (which change) and moods (ditto).

    Brisket. Choice, local, whole packer, dalmatian rub. I don't do anything special though I do use a bit of fresh-ground pepper along with the kosher salt and pre-course-ground pepper. Smoked with post oak, which is not native to Oregon but smells like barbecue did when I was growing up in southwest Louisiana. One started at 18.5lbs the other at 11.5lbs.

    Small Potatoes Salad. Fire-roasted red, purple and yellow small potatoes, chunky pepper bacon, chopped pickled cherry peppers, sour cream, red pepper flakes, Greek yogurt, dijon and yellow mustard. Approximate ratio: 3 parts yogurt, 3 parts sour cream, 1 part dijon, 2 parts yellow

    Blackberry Cole Slaw. Shredded green and purple cabbage, fresh blackberries, dried pineapple bits, crushed lemon-candied almonds, parsley and lemon zest tossed with fresh blackberry-poppyseed dressing (plain yogurt, honey, olive oil, fresh garlic, blackberries, raw apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, poppy seeds)

    Pinto Beans. Chunky bacon (normally would also have leftover smoked meat but there was a recent freezer tragedy), Walla Walla sweet onions, fresh garlic, diced dried ancho chili, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, pinch of cayenne

    The Night Before

    I got out Mister Lahey (my YLW), gave him a thorough cleaning and oiling, installed my new propane log lighter and tested it out. I also took the log grate out and stomped it flat. I set up logs for the morning and crumple a couple of strips of butcher paper (currently using uncoated white which is cheaper from Amazon than pink and I didn't have time to order from ABCO last time I was out) along the log lighter.

    I cooked the chunky bacon (3lbs or so, from Ponderosa Provisioners) for the beans on cookie sheets at 380F. I will collect the rendered fat for sauce. I use the two middle racks and have two ovens so four sheets of bacon at a time. I have a similar amount of chunky pepper bacon for the potato salad that will be prepared tomorrow.

    I sort, rinse and soak the beans with the spices, onion and garlic. I picked this up from the Franklin book; I used to soak in just water.

    I sharpen my knife and set up the brisket trimming area for the morning: large cutting board, nitrile gloves, trash can. The briskets are on ice in a foam cooler (an old shipping container from Creekstone) on the front porch. Even though we have two fridges and a deep freeze space is at a premium because we have six kids. Besides, I think they are a bit easier to trim if they have been on ice.

    I fill up my dalmatian rub shaker. I like the capacity of this shaker (formerly a Costco pepper container) but I thought the holes were a bit small last time so I decided to mod it a bit.

    This Morning

    I set my alarm for 5a, woke up a few minutes before. In the past I have run down and got the charcoal chimney started and then started trimming but that's no longer necessary thanks to log lighter so I went down to McDonald's and grabbed a sandwich and coffee. I got back, pulled the smoker out of the garage, lit it up, set up a potato probe on the grate in between where the points of the briskets will be.

    Go inside, trim briskets, shake on the rub, set them up on boards (actually a cutting board that was dropped and broke in half) to bring down to the smoker. Go check the temp on the smoker. It's very hot (on purpose as I wanted to burn off any cooties from the log lighter) so I let it cool down for a few minutes, sip coffee.

    At 7:15a the briskets go on. The smoker was at 300F, I am looking to cook around 275F, so it was just about perfect once the lid was shut again.

    Around 9:30a I slice up the bacon that was prepared last night and throw it in the beans, putting them on a stove burner on high. I will drop them to low once they start looking bubbly, about 20 minutes.

    More to come.
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    Last edited by (fuzz); June 21, 2015, 11:40 AM.

    All out man!!!!!!


      10:30a I check the beans, stir, add some water.

      11a I open Mister Lahey for the first time since putting the briskets on. I refill the water pan and spritz the briskets down with a 50/50 water-vinegar mixture (2.5%). I feel the vinegar adds a tiny little something but I like to spritz a lot so I water it down.

      11:10a I switch from coffee to beer because, heck, it's after lunch in Texas already.

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        11:45a open up and spritz brisket again. Put beans on far end of cooking grate.

        Afterward I opened a new bag of post oak and loaded up the shelf and then checked the bucket to see how things are rendering.

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          It's funny how big a smoker appears to be, until you start laying briskets in it.


            1:15p I thermapen the briskets. Points are about 180F, flats are about 160F. I decide to flip them. I double-bag with nitrile gloves and flip the small one no problem. The larger one, that requires reaching in and maneuvering to flip, scorches my fingertips. I have an assistant (having six kids has perks) fetch silicone gloves and finish the job.

            Meanwhile the missus has prepped the pepper bacon and is making lemon bars from scratch with some fancy gourmet lemons grown by friends in California.

            Time to roast the potatoes.
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              Oh, is there a limit to photo size in comments? Oops. I will put them in the main post.


                1:45p I spy a baking sheet filled with bacon drippings and bits and decide to halve the potatoes, toss them with the drippings and some dalmatian rub and throw them on the smoker. I install the extra shelf for this.


                • Jerod Broussard
                  Jerod Broussard commented
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                  How many different kinds of potatoes are on that sheet?

                • (fuzz)
                  (fuzz) commented
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                  Three, I think, though they come in a bundle so there could be more than one kind of similar-looking potato in there.

                Jerod Broussard They come like this.

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