Last night, I trimmed the Beef Brisket. It was 13.54#, and by the time I trimmed the 5.9# of fat off, it didn't look so impressive. Either I trimmed too much or it wasn't a very good cut. I bought it at Sam's Club @ $2.38 a lb. and label says it was Choice Boneless Beef Brisket.
So my question is after trimming that much fat off, did I do it wrong or was it just a bad cut of meat, and mis-labeled Choice, when it should have been something less?
But with all that said, here are the photo's of it being trimmed, and on the smoker.
Finished results yet to be determined!
12-04-2011 10:19 AM
The choice grade would give you more fat. That is how it works more fat is more tender. Trimming is personal preference. I trim the outside, but leave it in between the flat and the point.I also leave a little more than you did on the outside. You can decide how much you like when you taste the results. You can expect a whole bunch of different opinions on this one. This is just mine.Good luck with your cook.
12-04-2011 10:19 AM
WAY overtrimmed! Should be fine but foil early or you'll end up with jerky.
Several threads on brisket trimming here but I would advise on NOT trimming until you have your cook perfected.
12-04-2011 10:21 AM
You also have your probe in the point, move it to the flat or you'll undercook it.
12-04-2011 12:12 PM
Gotcha! Thanks. I looked at the tutorial, and thought I was supposed to carve all the fat out between the point and the flat.....guess I misread that.
Now it is cruising at 250* in foil and moved the probe to the flat as suggested...... internal temp when foiled was 175*
Good luck with the cook. Looking forward to the results.
12-04-2011 01:04 PM
i take the hard fat cap off that will not render and leave everything else. Fat = juice = goodness...
12-04-2011 01:20 PM
I cook hot and fast, and trim almost as much as you did. I leave a little more between the point and flat. I trim all fat cap off of the point, Enough internal fat there.
12-04-2011 01:45 PM
I only do very light trimming before I cook it. That would be way too much IMHO. Lots of internal fat so you might be alright. Let us know how it turned out.
12-04-2011 02:08 PM
At 5 1/2 hours, it is done! I checked it at 195* still not done, went to 205*, closer, but not quite, so I went on up to 210* and it was tender. I took the foil off for a bit and let it go to crisp up the bark. Then I noticed the internal temp beginning to go back down. When it reached 205* I pulled it. The photo of it on the grill is just before I brought it inside. Letting it rest now.
So what did I learn......the brethren on here saved my A$$ on this one....Thanks for all the quick responses.
12-04-2011 03:14 PM
Done and done! Totally moist and tender.....and for the most part, a perfect brisket. Just lucked out, but as I said, the brethren saved it for me!
12-04-2011 03:32 PM
Looks real good!
12-04-2011 03:52 PM
I'll take 3 sammies! White bread of course!
12-04-2011 04:34 PM
12-04-2011 04:42 PM
That looks really good! How great to have all the pros looking over your shoulder. Nice save, guys!!! :thumb: