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Unread 06-16-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default Cut up and freeze fresh beef brisket?

I've been wanting to smoke brisket for the first time, but all the briskets I can find are around 12-16 lbs and it's just me and my wife, so that's way too much meat.

I was thinking about getting a brisket and cutting it into thirds. I would cook one piece and vacuum seal the other two pieces.

Does anyone see a problem with either cooking a 1/3 of the brisket and freezing the rest for a later cook?

I would be smoking the small brisket piece on my mini WSM or traeger pellet, not sure yet.

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Unread 06-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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You'd be better off cooking it whole. Then vacume seal and freeze the left overs. That's the way we roll 'cause it's just me and the wife andI like cooking whole packers.
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It will freeze just fine if its vacuum sealed, but the dificult part is going to be cooking the smaller pieces. They are much less forgiving that way. I think you might be better off freezing after cooking.

Not that the small pieces can't be cooked well. I actually separate the point from the flat for competition, and trim pretty aggressively. I leave a 1/4" fat cap on the flat, and take most of the fat off of the point. If I start with a 12 lb packer I usually trim away roughly 1/4 of the weight of the brisket away. More if its IBP untrimmed. Leaves you with roughly a 5-6 lb flat and about a 3-4 lb point. Factor in a significant amount of shrinkage, and you probably have about half of the original weight. Still a lot for two people, but I think post cook portioning is the way to go.
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You'd be better off cooking it whole. Then vacume seal and freeze the left overs. That's the way we roll 'cause it's just me and the wife andI like cooking whole packers.
^^^this. If you don't have a Foodsaver vacuum, buy one. They're great.
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Cook it whole.
Slice and freeze for later what you don't eat initially.
It's great to be able to go to the freezer and pull out some Q on short notice.
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Thanks for the replies!
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