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Old 01-02-2013, 09:35 AM   #16
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I just did my first brisket yesterday and was tempted by just doing the flat (since I really just wanted some sliced brisket) but quickly was convinced by the folks here that a packer is the way to go. After cooking one, I see why!

As others have suggested, find yourself a packer and give it another try, I think you'll like the results.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:32 AM   #17
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I would like to offer up some sound advice like others here have but I have never ruined any meat I have ever cooked in my entire life.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:39 AM   #18
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Years ago I kept getting hockey pucks when I cooked briskets---using 2-3 pounders--didn't know about packers....as far as I am concerned all the advise you get here on cooking briskets is directred to 12+ pounders
Agreed. A 2lb brisket is pretty much only gonna be good for braising. None of the established popular methods will work for something that small and with that little fat.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #19
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The only thing I can tell you that may be of any value is, if you only want to cook small cuts of meat get a tri-tip and cook it like a brisket or grill it and leave the fat cap on.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:32 AM   #20
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Ah yes, the sound of meat going "klunk" as hit hits the bottom of the trash can.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:39 PM   #21
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Thank you guys for all the kind words and excellent advice!

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My first two tries with brisket were on small flats like yours as well. I'm assuming my thought process was the same as yours...rather mess up a $10-$15 piece of meat than a $30-$40. Foolish logic!
This was exactly my thought process. I knew the difficulty in smoking a brisket from extensive reading and figured it wouldn't turn out as well as I was hoping. Next time I will take the plunge and spend the money. Hopefully next time I post about brisket I will have better news!

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