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SmokeFan 10-09-2012 09:02 PM

CTX Style/Red Butcher Paper Brisket, my best brisket ever!!(PRON)
After reading all the Franklin's threads, watching all the videos, and even sampling Kreuz and Saltlick BBQ briskets first hand, today I attempted to recreate the Austin/CTX Brisket.

I started out with a little 8lb choice grade split "packer" brisket from Costco. I didn't know it was not a full on packer until I unwrapped it. It looked kinda odd, but just went with it. After discussing the matter here:

I decided I got "duped" in my purchase, but nonetheless, had to run with it.

I trimmed the brisket up, but left alot of fat still attached, as this was such a small brisket, I was worried that I would dry out and make jerky instead of the delectable treat I wanted.

For the rub, I ground up 1/4 cup of sea salt into the consistency of sand. I also ground up 1/4 cup of tellicherry pepper into a kinda coarse grind. I then mixed these together. I rubbed the brisket with worcestershire, then sprinkled on a light to medium coating of the salt/pepper mix. It sat on the counter for about 20 minutes before going into the BGE.

I put the brisket on my XL BGE(loaded with B&B oak lump), indirect, over a foil pan of water. The temp was 275, and it was controlled by my Auber controller.

No remote temp probe was used. I did use my meat probe, but mostly just to check for buttah, and certain check points.

At 170, I double wrapped the brisket in red butcher paper. I probe checked it about every hour after that. About 12 hours into the cook, when the whole brisket probed like butter, I measured the temp. It averaged about 205 across the whole brisket, though the point was good to go at about 190-195.

I then shut the BGE down, removed the Auber, and let the brisket sit for about an hour while the BGE temp wound down.

I then opened my red wrapped bundle of goodness:

The brisket jiggled all over. I had to slap it. I had to. Much to the chagrin of my wife who is convinced I have lost my mind...

Holy cow...pardon the pun. This was in the top 2 or 3 briskets I've had in my life. My wife said it was the first brisket she's ever really liked. She kept asking me what I put on it. I still dont think she believed it was only salt and pepper. See, I've got a spice rack the height of an 8' door mounted in my pantry. And it is loaded with rubs, some which are very very good.

But this was all S&P! I may never use another rub on brisket again. The whole family went after that brisket like they had never had one. And possibly in truth, they never have. At least not like this.

Here's the final sliced product before we began devouring it:

I've cooked decent to even pretty good briskets, but this was in a whole nuther league. The smoke ring wasn't as pronounced as I've had in the past, but it didn't matter. The texture was spot on. The bark was spot on. The flavor was totally beefy. No sauce ever made it to the table.

To those of you contributing to all the Franklin's threads, I thank you. To PitMaster T...Thanks for the videos, and even all the crazy posts. I still don't know my George Clinton from my Aretha Franklin, but I have watched all your vids, and read most of your brisket help page links.

I feel I've finally cracked the code to the gates of Nirvanna. Thanks Brethren! You guys rock!

moontz 10-09-2012 10:04 PM

Is that a flat? The texture in the last pic looks almost more like steak. Looks really really good. I may buy a small one just to try this.

CarolinaQue 10-09-2012 10:07 PM

Now that is a good lookin' brisket!!!:thumb:

landarc 10-09-2012 10:13 PM

Well, ya didn't get ripped off if it made a good dinner, and that is a good looking point is what I see.

mytmouz 10-10-2012 12:50 AM

Looks great to me...

htrisna 10-10-2012 12:57 AM

So jealous ... I'm about to be out of town for work till Sunday. Now I got this in my mind :)

V-wiz 10-10-2012 01:24 AM

That looks nice, good job.

ItsMike 10-10-2012 08:04 AM

** Going to Store tonight to get brisket! **

This will be done on Friday!

Thanks for sharing..

Norm 10-10-2012 08:43 AM

I love how the juices are running on the cutting board, that's what a great brisket should do.

Awesome job!

TIMMAY 10-10-2012 08:49 AM

Brisky looks great!!! Nice.

SmokeFan 10-10-2012 08:55 AM


Originally Posted by moontz (Post 2239352)
Is that a flat? The texture in the last pic looks almost more like steak. Looks really really good. I may buy a small one just to try this.

Moontz, Thanks! It had some flat and some of the point. I discussed it in that thread I linked to. It looked like a normal, albeit small, full packer in the cryo. But once I got it out where I could really look at, it was obviously cut a little different from what I'm used to seeing.

It wasn't really like steak. My pics probably aren't the best.

And it was amazingly fatty on the outside. So much so I think 1/2 it's weight was probably fat. I cut a decent amount off, but left alot on since it was so small. I was also shocked it went 12 hours at 275 without getting dried out. No doubt due to all the insulation.

SmokeFan 10-10-2012 09:00 AM


Originally Posted by CarolinaQue (Post 2239353)
Now that is a good lookin' brisket!!!:thumb:

Thanks! Your thread was one of the major inspirations. I'll never go back to foil.

Here's CarolinaQue's thread if you missed it:

daninnewjersey 10-10-2012 09:16 AM

Looks perfect.....

Arlin_MacRae 10-10-2012 09:17 AM

Just shared your photo at the office. I saw carnivorous drooling going on. ;)

Great brisket!

BRBBQ 10-10-2012 09:56 PM

looks very good

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