My first brisket cook

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Toiletduck
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My first brisket cook

Post by Toiletduck » Mon May 09, 2016 12:20 pm

Hello all,

I picked up a small Grill Dome from ebay a couple months ago for $100 and have finally got around to slow cooking some brisket on it.
I had a 2.5kg piece of Cape Grim which I injected with a sugar/salt brine to up its mass and then let sit for a day or so. I then applied a rub made of most of the powders from my cupboard (sweet smoky paprika, hot paprika, mustard, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, brown sugar).

I had some problems getting my fire just right - it took me a good hour to get it settled after a few initial setbacks because of my poorly jerry-rigged indirect cooking set-up which smothered a lot of the oxygen flow. But I eventually got it to settle at about 240/250F for most of the cook. Did a light smoking with some hickory over the first couple hours.
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I hit the 160F stall around the 3 hour point into the cook and then it crawled to around 170F over the next two hours. Decided to wrap in foil at that point and after another two hours more I got it up to 195F after which I took it off the heat, wrapped in foil and towels and let it rest in the esky for an hour.
The reveal!
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Gotta say it was a pretty stressful ordeal but the end result was sensational! Buttery texture with some good smoke flavour and a nice hit of heat on the rub. Can't wait to do the next one!
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A big thanks to Beavers Guide to Aussie Brisket for all the excellent advice!


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Re: My first brisket cook

Post by Davo » Mon May 09, 2016 12:47 pm

Beaver would really appreciate that acknowledgement and rightly so as you've pretty much nailed it.

Next time, try taking the brisket up to about 203F and see the difference......Pulled pork is good for 190F though.

That looks great....i'd be very proud of that effort.

It looks that you may not want to put a brisket any larger than that on the grill dome as it only just fit this time but if you do get a larger brisket, like this one you must account for about a 30% or so loss of mass so it'll shrink a bit, but at first you can place a log or something in the middle of the brisket to hump it ill it shrinks to the right size.....it was also soak up some heat so you could get a lower temp cook.

Great job.....I'm lickin' the lips :P

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Toiletduck
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Re: My first brisket cook

Post by Toiletduck » Mon May 09, 2016 12:50 pm

Thanks for the tips Davo - particularly the log trick! I'll definitely push the brisket to just over 200 next time. The thicker part of the cut was touching the edge of the dry side so the extra time could make the difference. Overall, I was super happy with this cook though. Cheers.

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My first brisket cook

Post by Pesto3 » Sat May 28, 2016 7:36 pm

Great first attempt mate! I normally check mine from 195 to 205f. Is that the flat? Briskets can be unforgiving. They need to probe like butter regardless of temp. I have a couple in the fridge that I am hanging to cook. Keep those cooks coming!


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Re: My first brisket cook

Post by smokerjoe » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:58 am

Hey there looks pretty good i normal start checking mine at 185 with a skewer and feel the brisket for tenderness not just rely on temp. Also done my first brisket on a uds i build. I found it smokes heaps better using a water pan.

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Re: My first brisket cook

Post by Toiletduck » Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:56 pm

Pesto3 wrote:Great first attempt mate! I normally check mine from 195 to 205f. Is that the flat? Briskets can be unforgiving. They need to probe like butter regardless of temp. I have a couple in the fridge that I am hanging to cook. Keep those cooks coming!


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Yep that was the flat. I've since attempted a point and pushed that to 207F. Got a nicer bark on it and the textrure was like butter. Delicious.

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Re: My first brisket cook

Post by BrianFlames88 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:09 pm

I will be cooking my first homemade brisket this coming Christmas. I am glad I found this very helpful post.

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Re: My first brisket cook

Post by hoddo » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:53 pm

When you say home made brisket do you mean you grew the cow?

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Re: My first brisket cook

Post by lockyer » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:36 pm

hoddo wrote:When you say home made brisket do you mean you grew the cow?
Now that is an interesting question Mr Holmes..... :?:

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Re: My first brisket cook

Post by smokeykippen » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:29 pm

[Decided to wrap in foil at that point and after another two hours more I got it up to 195F after which I took it off the heat, wrapped in foil and towels and let it rest in the esky for an hour.



Did you add any liquid/marinade when you foiled it?


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