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Unread 06-08-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Untrimmed Brisket Flats or packer?

I have yet to smoke a whole packer on my 18.5 WSM. I am a bit concerned with space.

I saw in the grocery store two UN-trimmed brisket flats which looked much better than the standard no-fat trimmed brisket flats.

Maybe I'm nuts but I didn't want to mess with the point (i want to serve pulled pork and sliced brisket at a party) so I was thinking that these untrimmed flats might be a good idea. They'd fit better and would be nicely fat insulated during the smoke (as compared to trimmed flat).

Anyone prefer the untrimmed flat? Or should I just man up and throw a whole packer on there?!
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Unread 06-08-2012, 08:22 PM   #2
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Do what works for you. Many folks have cooked just flats and had great meat. If you have sighted some excellent flats, go for it.
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I agree with landarc. I like the point more than the flat, but a well cooked flat is excellent also. Especially if you're already going to have PP.
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as landarc says... do what works for you... if you only want slices, then cook the untrimmed flat.

that said, you can fit a full packer on a 18.5" WSM with a little curl on the end (or as some have done drape it over something until it shrinks a bit).

You can slice a full packer too...
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as landarc says... do what works for you... if you only want slices, then cook the untrimmed flat.

that said, you can fit a full packer on a 18.5" WSM with a little curl on the end (or as some have done drape it over something until it shrinks a bit).

You can slice a full packer too...


Yep, I bet I've posted this sketch a hundred times, saying "drape it over a beer can until is shrinks enough to lay flat". One reply was classic. The guy said "that worked great,.... but next time I will use an empty beer can".
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