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Unread 09-15-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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Have some (immediate as well as distant) family coming in on Sunday and I told them all I'd have BBQ for them for dinner. Just picked up a ~13 lb choice brisket and a nice looking pack of spareribs. Problem is I've never cooked a brisket that turned out worth a damn, while spareribs seem to always turn out right. What do you all think? There's not really enough people coming to justify cooking both. Does brisket freeze well? What about spareribs? Should I take the chance and just do the brisket?
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If I were you I'd probably freeze the brisket and do the spares - maybe save the brisket for when you can be a little more experimental - that way you know you'll have a good dinner for your guests. Or you can do both - if the brisket turns out well, offer both & freeze the leftovers - they'll be fine.
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I vote ribs ~ yes, brisket freezes well if you leave it in chunks (don't slice it) and you have a Foodsaver. Cut it into manageable chunks, vacuum pack, and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw, drop in a pot of boiling water for about 15 minutes, and you're good to go!
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If I were in your shoes, I'd do the ribs and a chuck or butt.
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I like your thinking Smoothsmoke. Just did a butt last weekend but I've been wanting to try a chuck for a while. Thanks!
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All great suggestions. Might I add moink balls, as they are easy and always a hit. Just a tip on moinks, I use the 12" bamboo skewers instead of toothpicks to hold the bacon in place. Makes it much easier to handle lots of moinks, as they are skewered 6-7 per rod.
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Always makes sense too cook what you know you can do well when you are cooking for a crowd. Learn on the brisket when you are cooking for your family.
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Brisket freezes well. Cook the ribs. There are times to experiment. Competitions and guests are not the time.
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