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AFSmokinDoc 11-07-2010 04:22 PM

First Brisket
So I have smoked exactly one time on my WSM. I did chicken. Something basic and not expensive. So it came out great. I've been used the book "low and slow" for directions on the chicken. But, I'm inpatient and I really want to cook a Brisket. However, I don't have a recipe for rub or cook times. I was hoping someone could help me out with something basic for a 6lb brisket from the local commissary.

Thanks for all the help. I'm such a n00b (gamer talk).

landarc 11-07-2010 04:50 PM

We do not use the term noob or n00b, for a simple pantry brisket rub, you could do something as simple as 2 parts black pepper, 1 part kosher salt, 1/4 part each chile powder, paprika and powdered garlic and have a fine brisket rub. I typically do not use any sugar for a beef rub, just my taste. I really like a simple rub like I outlined.

mikeTRON 11-07-2010 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by landarc (Post 1451786)
We do not use the term noob or n00b etc...

speak for yourself.


BBQ Grail 11-07-2010 05:02 PM

First time! Salt and pepper....

mikeTRON 11-07-2010 05:04 PM

Haha just kidding :-P Im practically as new to smoking as you are :becky: I just started learning this past summer BUT I DO have legit research skills :thumb:

Gary Wiviot has a thread on his forum that says how he smokes a brisket:



I do not recommend placing the brisket in an aluminum pan. The pan will block smoke from the meat and liquid in the bottom of the pan will simmer the brisket. In general I am not a fan of foil, pan, wrapping in ect, on the smoker, with proper cut of meat and fire control its simply not necessary and, to my taste, degrades taste and texture.

Probably the most important factor when smoking a brisket, aside from fire control, is obtaining a full packer cut brisket, this has both point and flat and a healthy fat cap.



There are a few simple steps to producing tasty brisket on the smoker: procuring the proper hunk-o-cow flesh (a full packer cut brisket point/deckle and flat with intact fat cap), clean burning fire, moderate application of wood smoke and a simple rub, kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper for example.

I typically smoke 15-lb. full packer cut briskets in the 250*F-275*F range, but rarely check temperatures. I start fat side up and flip twice during the cook because I want to finish fat side upso as to maximize fatty crusty bark. In the last third of the cook I foil the very outer edge of the flatnot unlike what one would do with the end of a turkey drumstickso it does not dry out.

As Ive always said, I think people get into trouble looking for absolute times and temperatures. A ballpark estimate for my cooking style is 9 to 10 hours. A two-tined meat fork should slide easily into the brisket, and the flesh itself should have a slight wobble (I call it the wabba wabba) when poked.

Cooper's in Llano, Texaswhere God goes when she is in the mood for brisketis my favorite commercial barbecue joint. When cooking brisket, I make a clone of their sauce, but use it sparingly. My homage to Cooper's sauce is in the book on page 197. The key to the sauce is using a fatty hunk-o-bark from the almost done brisket.


Gary Wiviott

Texas-Style BBQ Sauce


2 cups white vinegar
2 cups ketchup
2 cups water
1 tablespoon Louisiana-style or Mexican-style hot sauce, such as Texas Pete, Louisiana, or Buffalo
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons freshly ground black peppercorns
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
12 teaspoon Morton kosher salt

Large (hand-size) chunk of fat cap/bark from cooked brisket.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large stockpot over medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

That being said I DID stick to his lesson plan. Did the chicken a few times, then baby back ribs, then spare ribs and finally two pork butts that took me about 13 hours to smoke. I know a lot of people complain about the book being sort or militant or whatever but I appreciated the KISS method for everything. You see, IF I HADN'T stuck to the lesson plan I would have incorporated every single idea I thought sounded good into each cook and I wouldn't have known what I liked or disliked and probably FARKED something up.

That being said I had NO personal IN PERSON help so it was a tad more difficult for me to know when to pull the meat etc etc

You can knock out the next three lessons in less than 3 weeks which will give you time to research brisket :wink:

MOS95B 11-07-2010 05:05 PM

Yep, just plain old salt and pepper. I like hickory with beef for smoke. Run it 250-275 until she's done....

I'd say "Search the forum for brisket", but you'll just get swamped with that route....

landarc 11-07-2010 05:11 PM

But, there is that great tutorial thread done by Biggie Byte...

mikeTRON 11-07-2010 05:21 PM

Here are a few tutorials I liked:

This one is massive and a GREAT tutorial:

I believe thepickledpig is about to merge with bbqbug so here is the SAME thing on the new forum:

Basic Brisket tutorial (Pr0n heavy):

The Virtual Weber bullet is specifically for the WSM:

AFSmokinDoc 11-07-2010 06:14 PM

Thanks for all the help. I'm looking forward to reading all of the links that were sent out. I'll let you all know how it turns out on Wednesday..

mikeTRON 11-07-2010 08:19 PM

If you dont snap pictures I will have to kill you

just saying....

Haha its probably easier to snap photos and upload them then it was for me to give you those links :-P

just saying... :grin:

AFSmokinDoc 11-11-2010 06:54 PM

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The Brisket came out awesome. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and the moistness of it. The pack date was actually on 11/06 so it was pretty young comparatively speaking. I ended up smoking the 6lb brisket for just under 7 hours. I did use foil for the last part of my cooking. I flipped the brisket three times. I used a basic rub of fresh ground black pepper, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and Montreal seasoning. Thank you for all of the advice. [IMG]file:///Users/scottrubenstein/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/moz-screenshot-2.png[/IMG][IMG]file:///Users/scottrubenstein/Desktop/brisket%20pics/IMG_0153.JPG[/IMG]


AFSmokinDoc 11-11-2010 06:55 PM

Let me take you on a tour of the pics. The first is after I cleaned it. The second and third are two and four hours into the cooking process, respectively. The final three pictures are the final product.

landarc 11-11-2010 07:16 PM

Nice job, that is a good looking brisket.

bigabyte 11-11-2010 07:30 PM

Nice work! Looks great!:cool:

bbqbull 11-11-2010 07:31 PM

Being a new member here at this forum, we have an awesome informational thread at the top of Q-Talk.
Here is the link for basic but great information.

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