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View Poll Results: What weight brisket do you prefer to cook for a contest?
Under 10lbs 7 5.79%
10lbs - 12lbs 8 6.61%
12lbs - 14lbs 43 35.54%
14lbs-17lbs 47 38.84%
17lbs + 13 10.74%
I don't care, I'll cook any size. 3 2.48%
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Unread 03-20-2011, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Ideal Brisket Weight For Competition

For you and your cooking style, what is the preferred weight you look for in a brisket for competition?

Use the poll for your answer and feel free to elaborate as a response to the thread.

I have heard many different answers to this, so just curious where the Brethren shake out.
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Unread 03-21-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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15lb pre trim...
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14-15 lbs works for our cookers. It really depends on how your rig cooks. No real answer here bro.
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Unread 03-21-2011, 12:19 AM   #4
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Default I like bigger briskets...

15-17lb CAB's
17-19lb Wagyu
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Since 20+ wasn't an option, I went for 17+
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I cook two 15-17 lb briskets for comp.
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15lb minimum for us Id rather be at 17.
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17+ and trim it the way you want it
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14-17 is preferable be it American waygu, prime or CAB. Weight is important and I like good marbling througout , nice point and thicker flat.
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A thick flat is almost more important to me than weight.
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13-14 pounds w/ thick flat
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I go by what the flat looks like
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I bought a 14.5 lb CAB last Thursday and I think I got more meat off of it versus the 18.5 lb CAB I bought in early Feb. I think I trimmed close to 5 lbs of fat off of the 18 lb versus about 3 off of the 14 lb.

There is noticeably more fat on them right now than a year ago, IMO.
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Thanks folks! Interesting results!
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I have had much better results since switching to flats. I usually find the best looking one, which usually runs around the 6 lb range give or take a little.
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