Originally Posted by Fmacdonell
Tried my first brisket, 5# from the Butcher in a Weber Smoky Mountain and it turned out dry. I know this is art and science but there is a lot of conflicting information on the web. Next week-end is try #2 using a small five pound brisket, 225 degree fire, foil @ 160 degrees and pull off smoker at 185 and then rest in 150 degree oven. Should be around 7.5 hours. What am I missing? Thanks!
I agree with Bludawg. But...to make it easier and with some more information.
A packer has more fat and is a larger cut of meat, this makes it a little more forgiving to cook that a flat. The typical flat has all of the fat removed, this makes it harder to get a good product. Still, if all you have is a flat, that is what you have. You can get a decent product out of it, not as good as cooking the entire packer.
If you cook at 225F, you increase the time the brisket is exposed to heat, the surface will lose more moisture doing this. You will find that unless you are cooking a lot of meat, or are adding moisture to your pit, the lower temperature will result in a dryer product. Really consider 275F as a better temperature.
Do not worry about internal temperature, it is not the way to cook a brisket. Cook the flat until you get the color you want, or maybe a little lighter, than wrap in a foil or butcher paper wrap, since it is a flat, add some moisture, 1/4 cup beef stock or apple juice, then place on cooker. You are looking for an internal temperature of 190F before you check the meat.
Once you reach 190F, take a metal skewer or ice pick and stick the meat, through the foil or paper, if it goes into the meat with almost no resistance, then pull, wrap in towel and rest for at least one hour. Do not remove from foil or paper.