View Full Version : july 4th brisket, belly, and my first fire mishap! (with pron!)

Kyle Serlington
07-05-2015, 12:17 PM
it was raining in the morning so i had to move my WSM from my back patio to the front porch. i lit off a charcoal chimney and got my smoker goin with no problems, it kinda went back and forth between 250 and 300 for the first few hours and then about 4 hours into it the whole first batch of coals was dyin down so i lit off another chimney. i went inside and shut the door so no smoke would get in the house and set off the alarms. i went to check on the chimney and there was a small fire on the porch. thankfully it wasn't in the smoker and the meat was fine, but i did melt a small plastic table, a flower pot, and a bucket. oops. i had the chimney in the same spot i lit it off in the morning and didn't have any issues the first time, but this only needs to happen once to make sure it never happens again. it's a good thing the porch is stone and brick, otherwise this could have been a LOT worse

here's the aftermath of the fire:

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and now onto the positive, the food!

i smoked a packer, a couple 2lb cuts of pork belly, and then i made garlic parm salt potatoes, mac n cheese, cornbread, and 2 different sauces. the cornbread came out really good, i did something i don't usually do, i put a quarter cup of mayonaise in it.

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pretty happy with the price i paid, although there was a little more fat than usual and it looked like there was a partial freezer burn, but all of that got trimmed off

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i overcooked the brisket by about 5 degrees or so, but i let it cool off to about 180 and then wrapped it and let it sit for about an hour and it was good. it shredded a little as i sliced it but it didn't dry out and i managed to get some decent slices out of it. i smoked it about 4 hours with hickory and apple chunks before i wrapped it but unfortunately it could have used more smoke, but it was still one of my better briskets

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the final verdict: the brisket and belly could have used more smoke, but they were both still very good. i really like the rub i used, the bark on the brisket had a great flavor even if it did need more smoke, and belly is just naturally awesome anyways. some parts of the belly could have been rendered out a little more but it was better than my last attempt where i overcooked it and it was difficult to slice. i was really happy with all the sides and overall it was a really enjoyable meal.

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thankfully, we didn't have anymore fire issues for the rest of the night

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07-05-2015, 12:23 PM
The food looks great and I'm glad the fire wan't more serious!

Blythewood BBQ'er
07-05-2015, 12:25 PM
Fine plate of food!

07-05-2015, 01:30 PM
Glad it all went well!

07-05-2015, 01:49 PM
Thanks for the safety reminder!

Looks like you had a really great feast and fireworks show!!!


Huh? What?
07-05-2015, 01:52 PM
Good lookin' eats.

07-05-2015, 02:02 PM
It's all a learning lesson, glad the all was well with the fire mishap

good lookin pics, looks like a good time was had by all.

07-05-2015, 02:37 PM
The food looks amazing - the plastic table looks like the Wicked Witch of the West!

07-05-2015, 08:45 PM
very nice looking brisket, and glad the fire was not bad.

07-05-2015, 09:27 PM
Learned my lesson on fire extinguishers long ago. Nothing bad thankfully but made it through with luck like you. Now have more than several and saved my cub cadet twice. I heat with wood and have two chemical in my room and one in the girls room down the hall. Two to get there and another to get everyone out. That and the fire / co alarms. Be safe