Originally Posted by Divemaster
Sorry to go against the grain, but if they don't seem perfect, I toss them. Not worth the risk as far as I'm concerned.
At first glance, I agree as far as human consumption. However, (and not to sound harsh) I might be inclined to still smoke or cook in a crock pot and give the dogs a great feast.
One the other hand with the mushiness, you could just be looking at cell damage to the meat from the freezing which would definitely affect the moisture in the meat when you smoke the briskets. The biggest key to look for (smell for) is a strong odor from the meat, If it is gamey, I would have a hard time serving them to humans.
Just my humble two cents...Good luck.