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Smokey Al Gold 03-02-2009 07:49 AM

My camping trip brisket (Pron heavy)
Well the camping trip was lots of fun and there was lots of great food. We did freeze our arses off at nights with temps in the low 30's. I know some of you up north hit single digits but 30s is cold for us south texans in tents ha ha. Fajita tacos friday night, bacon and eggs saturday morning, and grilled chicken fajita thighs covered in franks buffalo sauce on a hamburger bun with avocado slices for lunch saturday. Yum! But everyone's highlight was by far the brisket which I said I was going to try smoking on the kettle. This was my first time smoking a brisket and the kettle performed flawlessly. I was just mad I had not tried this sooner. Started around 10:15am and me and my girlfriends BIL (who questioned doing this on a kettle) seasoned the brisket with just garlic powder, salt and pepper. This was a 12 lb packer. I used the firebrick method and minioned it with mesquite chunks. I took the high heat approach and kept the temp at 350 almost the entire cook. And I did not peek for the first two hours but it was tough not to. After 3 hours we rotated the brisket and all in all it was a 6 hour cook till it was fall apart tender. Foiled at 3 hours and added more seasoning then cooked it till tener. The kettle did awesome I did not need to refuel and it wasn't much tending other than cracking and throttling back the top and bottom vents several times. It chugged along at 350 with a few spikes to 380 or so but that was easily taken down. I am not tooting my own horn but this is one of the best briskets I've ever tasted. My girlfriends bil has cooked and had many briskets before and thought it was one of the juciest and best tasting briskets he's had also. Everyone loved it. Thanks to all who offered me advice and I can't wait to make another one! He was a kettle believer after this weekend of doing mostly all our cooking on it. Now the pron and lots of it.
Brisket on
At 3 hrs
A peek shot
Steady at 350
My helper
Chugging along
The view at dusk
Me slicing
I did not cut it small it fell apart
Did not need any sauce

Thanks to the brethren for your advice!

wheels61 03-02-2009 08:06 AM

great looking food and sunset.

Midnight Smoke 03-02-2009 08:11 AM

That is a great looking Brisket!!!!!!!! Good thing you have a dog to protect the Kettle!

Hachie Qer 03-02-2009 08:12 AM

Camping trip? Sounds like a COOKING trip! Looks great! Where did you go?

EatonHoggBBQ 03-02-2009 08:22 AM

That's some good looking dinner there. Whats in the side dish there? Beans, rice....What else?

1_T_Scot 03-02-2009 08:26 AM

Good looking Eats!

Smoke & Beers 03-02-2009 08:34 AM

Damn...8:30 in the morning and my stomach's growlin'....Fine looking eats there!

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 03-02-2009 08:48 AM

Man, that brisket looks perfect. Sounds like a great trip.

Cliff H. 03-02-2009 08:59 AM

Dang man,

That brisket do look real juicy.

Smokey Al Gold 03-02-2009 09:07 AM

You're right now that I think of it all we did was eat. We were in Campwood TX at Cooksey Park. Did a little fishing and drinking.

Smokey Al Gold 03-02-2009 09:08 AM

Sides were boracho beans, spanish rice and Miller Lite

Hachie Qer 03-02-2009 09:26 AM


Originally Posted by Smokey Al Gold (Post 867231)
You're right now that I think of it all we did was eat. We were in Campwood TX at Cooksey Park. Did a little fishing and drinking.


That brisket is beautiful! I've always cooked brisket in about 6 hours on an ECB and a Weber 22.5 indirect with great results. I am just about to start learning on a horizontal offset at lower temps to see how that goes. (see the NBBD thread today) It will definitely give me more cooking space and I think that will be a great way to cook poultry. I'll see how it goes, but I suspect that I am going to prefer higher temps for brisket.

smokinvic 03-02-2009 09:45 AM

Very good looking brisket there. Awesome.

Radical Rick 03-02-2009 09:52 AM

man, sounds like a great trip! glad everything went well! goodlooking food you guys ate!

Norcoredneck 03-02-2009 09:55 AM

Good food, good times.

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