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Old 02-17-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default First time grinding brisket (W/ burger Pr0n!)

I've heard grinding up brisket makes excellent burgers so today I'm trying it. Brisket is not cheap around here so I decided to try grinding a select brisky, rather than choice. I've got it all trimmed, cut up, and stiffening up in the freezer before the grind. For the folks that have done this before do you pay much attention on if the point and flat are thoroughly mixed. I'd love any insight or thoughts any of the brethren have. Here's some pics of the progress.

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Old 02-17-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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That looks very promising. What fat/lean ratio are you aiming for? What size plate do you plan to use?
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
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I cut into slightly smaller chunks and I just sort of mix the chunks up. I don't worry too much about evenly mixing flat and point. I do grind as cold as possible, there are strings of connective tissue that bind up more when they get warm.
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I grind a lot of brisket.
Just mix it up as you see fit.
No big deal either way.

I use the "large" plate, probably 3/8" or so, for a coarse grind and only do it once.
By the time you "handle" it for making patties and such, it will be fine!

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That looks very promising. What fat/lean ratio are you aiming for? What size plate do you plan to use?
I prefer a fattier burger but I don't have any previous experience to know if what I've got will end up too fatty. I was thinking a medium or small size plate? Any suggestions?




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Chris--Lookie here:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=121196

You have trimmed up some already, so you may be at 80/20--but it is not "rocket science"!

If you "fine grind" your brisket, you will wind up with hot dog texture.
If that is what you want......go for it.

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I cut into slightly smaller chunks and I just sort of mix the chunks up. I don't worry too much about evenly mixing flat and point. I do grind as cold as possible, there are strings of connective tissue that bind up more when they get warm.
Yep, I've got the metal parts of the grinder in the freezer. I like my meat to be partially frozen before grinding, I also think it works better. Not to mention, safety reasons. Man, I can't wait to try this burgers!




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I add bacon to mine.

I have heart disease too though, so there is that.

I agree with Tim, 3/8" plate or so.
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Chris--Lookie here:
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You have trimmed up some already, so you may be at 80/20--but it is not "rocket science"!

If you "fine grind" your brisket, you will wind up with hot dog texture.
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Thanks, Tim. I knew you'd be chiming in with good advice having seen your previous posts about grinding brisky.




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All ground up! I made up some burgers that are about to get a reverse sear on the kettle with a little mesquite.









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Old 02-17-2013, 06:49 PM   #11
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Looks just right to me, of course, only the eating really tells
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Looking very good. Save some of that for chili.
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I will grind some rib trimmings and mix with some of the brisket for making meatballs.
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And the results......






Definitely turned out some delicious burgers. The SM peppered cow set them over the top. I may never buy ground meat again!

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Perfect!
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