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R2Egg2Q 08-19-2012 11:56 AM

Packer Brisket in a Small BGE
Someone asked if a whole brisket could be cooked on a Small Egg. I'd never thought about cramming a packer onto my Small but after the question was asked, I thought why not look for one small enough to fit and give it a shot?

While shopping for a brisket for the "Noobians vs Veterans" Throwdown last weekend I found a choice grade 10.05 lb brisky that looked like a good candidate for my Brisket in a Small experiment so I brought it home.

The brisket was trimmed, rubbed, draped over an upside down Lodge cast iron 1 QT kettle and smoked away over some hickory. Length of brisket was 16" and the Small grid diameter is 13" so I chose to drape it to fit.

It was easy to get internal temps with the brisket up high in the dome:

No foiling, spritzing, or mopping on this cook. The brisket shrank enough to remove the CI kettle near the end and I ended up flipping it fat side up to allow the ends to sit up a little higher and cook a little more (the center being high up in the dome was already probe tender while the thin end was not - definitely backwards from what I'm used to when cooking flat on the grid):

Pulled when the flat was probe tender.

Foiled/rested for about an hour during which I cooked up some corn on the cob on the Small (still plenty of lump for this). Brisket removed from the cooler and sliced:

My one complaint was the CI kettle was a mess and a bit of a pain to clean afterwards:

Admittedly I did pick off & eat that little bit of meat on the kettle leg. :heh:

It was a fun cook and I'm glad the Small passed the test but I don't think I'd try a packer on a Mini Egg! :wink:

Big George's BBQ 08-19-2012 12:04 PM

Very nice Looks like an eggcellent meal

Rubmyrock 08-19-2012 12:21 PM


Bludawg 08-19-2012 12:54 PM

Looks like winner to me. Good Job!

Jdman4x20 08-19-2012 01:36 PM

Looks fine to me...

Tonybel 08-19-2012 01:59 PM

That looks delicious. I wish I was having brisket, I'm in a drive thru getting breakfast.

Gore 08-19-2012 02:11 PM

Incredible! I know what I want the first week of December.... :thumb:

---k--- 08-19-2012 02:46 PM

Very cool. Thanks for posting.

I bet a weed burner would have made quick work of the kettle. :wink:

R2Egg2Q 08-19-2012 05:32 PM


Originally Posted by ---k--- (Post 2181526)
Very cool. Thanks for posting.

I bet a weed burner would have made quick work of the kettle. :wink:

Unfortunately I didn't think of that when I had my weed burner 3 feet away! :doh:

By the time that idea came to mind it was late and the weed burner had been put away.

Boshizzle 08-19-2012 05:42 PM

Very nice! :thumb:

landarc 08-19-2012 05:46 PM

Nice cook John, great use of a small cooker.

Al Czervik 08-19-2012 06:16 PM

Looks mighty tasty John... Great cook and great post. :mrgreen:

buccaneer 08-19-2012 06:18 PM

Oooh maing, now I am soooo hungry...:clap:

TurboDog 08-19-2012 07:43 PM

What kind of time and temperature did you go with? The brisket looks extremely juicy!

martyleach 08-19-2012 07:49 PM

Well done John! That looks great but your CI kettle..... not!

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