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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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Default My first brisket

It was a little dry, and I think I used too much salt in the rub. Overall, I like the way it came out for my first brisket. What you think?
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Great looking smoke ring on it. I would definitely hit that.

As for the salt in the rub. I do my brisket with 50/50 mix of coarse ground pepper and salt. When i rub it on the meat, I don't coat it on there. I get a nice even layer on the meat. I dont put a lot on it.

I put on a layer similiar to this picture, if not just a tad bit less.

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It looks a little undercooked. How did it probe? Was it like buttah? Also cut across the grain and it will chew a little better.
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My rub was 1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup coarse ground black pepper, a little cumin, a lit brown sugar.

It probed at 180. I didn't let it sit too long though. Everyone was hungry and didn't want to wait. I normally woulda let it sit in an ice chest wrapped for an hr or so. Thanks for the tips. Any other suggestions?
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If it probed like buttah at 180 IT, you were probably in a fat pocket or between the point and flat. Next time take it to about 195 IT and then probe.
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My rub was 1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup coarse ground black pepper, a little cumin, a lit brown sugar.

It probed at 180. I didn't let it sit too long though. Everyone was hungry and didn't want to wait. I normally woulda let it sit in an ice chest wrapped for an hr or so. Thanks for the tips. Any other suggestions?
You might try letting it cook to about 195 , then start probing for tenderness. Usually 200 internal is about where it's like butta but not always. Sounds like you have a good rub there, I wouldn't change that personally but we all have different tastes! I use 50/50 salt and pepper with a little garlic and some cayenne for pop. When it probes right, pull it and leave it in the ice chest wrapped for at least an hour, ( I leave mine in for two to three hours). The longer it takes to come down in temp the more connective tissues and fat renders until there's nothing left to hold it together. My briskets wobble on the cutting board before I slice them.
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Awesome!!! Thanks for the advice!!! I can't wait to try again!!!

When you guys wrap is it in butcher paper and a towel? Or foil and a towel?
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Dry is under cooked it has to probe like a hot knife cutting room temp butter in the thickest part of the Flat or it aint done.
I wrap mine at the end of the 4th hr in a single layer of butcher paper. it stays wrapped until I carve it. I don't use a Cooler I let it sit on the counter top until the temp drops into the 150's before I unwrap it, this is a slow drop over aprox. 2 hrs.

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