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High Q 03-27-2010 09:22 AM

High Heat Brisket Flat & Boston Butt on my WSM
I picked up a 7# trimmed flat at HEB on my way home last night along with a 8.6# Boston Butt. I lightly dusted the Brisket with TexasBBQRub before I went to bed and put it in the fridge. This morning I got up and gave the brisket a good rub of TexasBBQRub Brisket Blend. I slathered some mustard on the butt and coated it with Brisket Blend too. I filled the charcoal ring on the WSM with B&B oak lump and lit a full chimney to get the show started.

The brisket (it's a little more trimmed than I think optimal it but very flexible, like I have any idea what I'm talking about):

Light Dusting of Rub:

Fired up the WSM (a couple of hickory chunks and some apple chips around the perimeter):

I started the WSM with the vents wide open and put the meat on with the grill cold. The butt is in a pan on the top rack. The brisket is on the second rack. No water in the pan, just foil. The smoker came up to temp pretty quickly.

A quick summary of the early temperatures:

Lid Gauge/2nd Rack of WSM/Brisket Internal
0745: assembled smoker
0800: 275/205/65
0810: 340/275/91
0840: 305/282/141
0900: 305/297/156

I plan on foiling when the brisket hits 170ish and letting it go until probe tender. I will finish it out of the foil for 30m to try and firm up the exterior. I'm going to do the same when the butt hit 190-200. I'll let them rest this afternoon and slice them later. I'm cooking them for the freezer so we can make some quick dinners for the kids and ourselved during the week.

I'll follow up with some more photos as this progresses.

txschutte 03-27-2010 09:41 AM

Very nice. I started high heat briskie, and never looked back.

Cliff H. 03-27-2010 09:48 AM

Looking good.

You are going to have to add fuel in about 6-7 hours.

High Q 03-27-2010 10:28 AM

--live action update--
The brisket got to 170 at around 2 hours. I pulled the brisket and the butt and foiled the brisket. I switched the temp probe to the butt and will follow up on the brisket in another two hours.

Brisket at two hours, 170ish internal temp:

The butt in standby mode waiting to get back on the smoker.

Update on the temp chart:

0745: Assembled Grill
0800: 205/65/275
0810: 275/91/340
0840: 282/141/305
0900: 297/156/305
0930: 304/173/315
0950: 309/137/305 (Probe switched to pork butt)
1025: 317/153/310

I plan on foiling the butt at 160ish. Looks like it will hit right around 3h. I'll start probing the brisket around hour 4. More to come.

gtsum 03-27-2010 10:39 AM

looking good! I have to be honest, I have never cooked in a pan before...what are the differences when you cook it in the pan?? I assume you cook it fat side down?

monty3777 03-27-2010 10:42 AM

Great looking cook!

High Q 03-27-2010 10:56 AM

I have never cooked in a pan either. I read about high heat methods and have combined what I read from many on the forum plus a recipe from kicka** We'll see how it results.

I have it in the pan fat side down. I just foiled the pan at 160, the meat is starting to pull away from the bone nicely. I plan to leave it on for another two hours or until it hits 190ish.

swamprb 03-27-2010 12:36 PM

I'm all over the HH Brisket cooks, the Pork- still not sure I'm feelin' it yet. I like the sliced butt results I've gotten though. I do like the TexasBBQrub on my eatin' briskets. A lot of times Choice packers are hard to come by and the trimmed Costco flats turn out pretty damn good using the HH.

peppasawce 03-27-2010 12:41 PM

Awesome meat it's gonna be

Derek 03-27-2010 12:50 PM

High Q, That meat looks very tasty. I hope you save me a piece :P

bigabyte 03-27-2010 02:00 PM

Flat huh? Looks like a packer to me, but oh well, could just be the pic. It's looking good!:cool:

High Q 03-27-2010 03:48 PM

Re: High Heat Brisket Flat & Boston Butt on my WSM
At 7# trimmed, I just assumed it was a flat, also because of the thickness. Now that I've sliced it, I'm not so sure. Photos to follow.

BRBBQ 03-27-2010 04:54 PM

Looking great:clap2:

deguerre 03-27-2010 05:16 PM

Nice progress.:thumb:

suprfast 03-27-2010 05:20 PM

how much charcoal do you use on your WSM. I guess i need to ask UDS users the same for high heat. Huge difference between 225-250 and 325-350 in terms of consumption. I would love to try a high heat brisket soon.

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