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motoeric 02-03-2013 09:31 AM

PBC First Cook
 
Ok, so first off, a HUGE thanks to Phil for the very generous gift.

Superbowl weekend seemed like an appropriate time to break in the PBC. Unfortunately, that also came with temperatures around 18 degrees and snow in the evening.

I was cooking a brisket for a friend who picked up a monster full packer at RD. It was about 18 pounds with the largest point I've ever seen.

I rubbed it w/ the PBC beef rub, some unsweetened cocoa powder and garlic salt.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps645df07d.jpg

I got the PBC going with a chimney starter. I filled the charcoal basket w/ Kingsford blue, then removed about 15% of the briquettes and threw them in the starter. I put the basket in the PBC and then 15 minutes later poured the hot coals on top. 20 minutes later I put the brisket in. Due to the size, I used three hooks.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o...psef23ad87.jpg

The PBC was chugging along pretty nicely right from the start.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o...psb35c702b.jpg

After about 4.5 hours, I checked temps on the brisket. It was hovering right about 160.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o...psa0c7a32d.jpg

I pulled it out, foiled it, put in the rack and put the brisket on top. It almost didn't fit.

The PBC kept on cooking smoothly with no appreciably decline in heat.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps0de25547.jpg

After about another 1.25 hours, I pulled the brisket, separated the flat from the HUGE point, cubed the point, added more rub and some sauce, threw it in a dish and let it get tasty.

Unfortunately, I don't have photos of slices or anything as the brisket wasn't mine. I can tell you that the point was INCREDIBLY moist and pretty tasty. I should have some feedback today from the person I cooked it for. When I do, I'll post an update.

Pros: Very short cook time, easier than the Ronco's 'set it and forget it', extremely moist. The PBC was still reasonably hot after about 12 hours, even in the snow (not too much) and low temperature.

Cons: The smoke ring was there, but wasn't too deep or vibrant. I'm assuming that this is due to the higher smoking temp and the smaller amount of time that the meat was in the right temp for a strong smoke ring. That's about it. Overall, it was very impressive.

I'm looking forward to hearing how the flat was taste wise and texture.

I'm doing some more cooking on it today and I'll post some more updates.

Eric

Bludawg 02-03-2013 10:40 AM

Nice write up, Good color on that Brisket.

motoeric 02-03-2013 11:45 AM

Thanks!

I'll let you know what I hear from the recipient.

Eric

Ron_L 02-03-2013 12:00 PM

How did the end nearest the coal look when you pulled it out?

Bbq Bubba 02-03-2013 12:09 PM

18 lb brisket tender in 5 hrs and 45 minutes?

Outstanding.

Oldbob 02-03-2013 12:31 PM

Looks Great !!

motoeric 02-03-2013 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba (Post 2353018)
18 lb brisket tender in 5 hrs and 45 minutes?

Outstanding.


I think that I screwed up my time. It was more like 6.5 hours. And as I mentioned, I only dealt with the point. I hope to hear back from the guy I cooked it for to see how tender the flat was.

That's my major concern w/ the PBC. The meat's collagen and other rough bits break down slowly while it's in that window of high temp. I'm concerned about it overshooting that temp too quickly and not allowing it time to get all lovely.

Eric

motoeric 02-03-2013 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ron_L (Post 2353003)
How did the end nearest the coal look when you pulled it out?


It looked ok from the exterior, but it wasn't my brisket so I didn't slice into it at all. What I can tell you is that it was WAY too close. I won't cook another brisket that size on the PBC unless I'm going lateral with it.

Eric

bigabyte 02-03-2013 01:05 PM

Nice!:cool:

---k--- 02-03-2013 01:14 PM

Looks great.

FYI, if you watch Noah's brisket video, he uses two hooks in a vertical ladder fashion. He puts a hook in lower that then attaches to the upper hook rather than the bar. I'm sure it is there to keep the flat from separating from the point in the middle of your cook. Probably worth doing.

Midnight Smoke 02-03-2013 01:20 PM

Nice post, seems the PBC is really getting a lot of attention.

motoeric 02-03-2013 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ---k--- (Post 2353128)
Looks great.

FYI, if you watch Noah's brisket video, he uses two hooks in a vertical ladder fashion. He puts a hook in lower that then attaches to the upper hook rather than the bar. I'm sure it is there to keep the flat from separating from the point in the middle of your cook. Probably worth doing.


I saw that and decided against it. Noah trims his brisket at the juncture of the flat and point MUCH tighter than I do. I had no problems and the point was HUGE, so I wouldn't be overly concerned.

Eric


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