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  • oldsarge84
    Club Member
    • Sep 2018
    • 12
    • West Central Wisconsin

    Need advice

    I am thinking of doing a brisket on my smoker. I have done ribs, butt and salmon with good results but have not done a brisket. Before spending the money for a brisket I thought I would ask the experts in the pit. Can I use a flat cut corn beef brisket for this? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
  • mrteddyprincess
    Club Member
    • Sep 2018
    • 371

    Spend plenty of time reading the web site and posts about smoking brisket. A LOT of good advice around here about that.

    As I understand it, a corned beef brisket smoked is what is called pastrami, and it is delicious! So, yes, by all means, make pastrami! I smoked corned beef last St. Patrick's Day and it turned out great.

    As a bit of advice if you're buying it from the store, follow the directions on soaking it in water for several hours or it will be too salty. Good luck and don't forget to take pics!


    • oldsarge84
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      Thanks for the advice. Will post pics when I figure out how to do it lol
  • JeffJ
    Charter Member
    • Feb 2015
    • 2415
    • Michigan
    • Jeff

    A corned beef flat is going to produce something wholly different than an uncured brisket. If you are shooting for pastrami, by all means go for it. If you are shooting for tender, beefy meat with good bark you might want to look at an uncured brisket.


    • Troutman
      Club Member
      • Aug 2017
      • 7270
      • Tejas, Where Else?




        SOUS VIDE


      I don't know, pastrami is mighty good !!!!


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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 12855
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        Pizza insert
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        lots of probes.

      This should get you off to a good start. After reading the linked article, come back here with any questions:



      • LA Pork Butt
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        Good advice
    • fracmeister
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1269
      • Sprang, TX
      • Dances with lemmings

        (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

      These comments assume you are NOT making pastrami and start with a whole packer.

      I think you can do well by following the Meathead approach described here https://amazingribs.com/tested-recip...que-and-recipe I do inject my briskets with one of the commercial magic elixirs but they turn out fine without them. I wrap in the peach paper when I wrap but have done foil and gone nekkid. I have used salt and pepper and BBR and commercial rubs. Keeping a good temperature and cooking to 200-203 but looking for that "wubba wubba" texture in the point has worked for me.

      My number one secrets? Find a brisket with a thick flat (not the fat part, the meat). Loads of grocery store briskest have flats that are 1/2" thick. That will way overcook.

      Next: buy the best meat you can buy. In TX we have HEB that sells prime brisket pretty reasonably. I have a local butcher that cells CAB from a specific ranch that I like even better than the HEB prime.

      FInally, and this NEVER happens to me: Cut the slices pencil width. If tough, cut thinner. If overcooked and falling apart cut thicker.


      • N227GB
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        Love going to HEB when I'm in Texas!

      • oldsarge84
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        You guys are amazing. I knew i could get some good advice. I am fairly new at smoker cooking and wanted to get some advice before i ruined a good brisket. Now I know why this site is called amazing So glad I found it.

      • dahcopilot
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        meathead method works. made me a believer and member.
    • Mosca
      Charter Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 3498
      • PA
      • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

      It will not make Texas smoked brisket. But the pastrami that it DOES make is freaking awesome.


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