Question About a Brisket Purchase...
So, I've been feeling a little cocky lately about my smoking skills. After having a couple successes with my first two butts I've decided to do an "end-around" and move up to a brisket. I stopped at Walmart just for S's and G's and they happened to have a good sized (just shy of 16lbs) beef brisket on sale. Normally it's $2.38/lbs but was marked down to $1.67/lbs with the caveat that it must sold by 9/27. It's USDA select, not prime, but it's my first brisket so I didn't want to break the bank on it.
I will be out of town this weekend but am thinking about cooking this beast either on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of this week. I don't want to freeze it only to thaw it a short time later if I don't have to. I'm wondering how long after the "sell by" date this thing will be good for if I just leave it in the fridge without freezing it. Thoughts?