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Is My Barbecue Ready Yet? – Cooking Beef Brisket
July 25, 2008
8:39 am
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Beef Brisket

By Kevin Bevington

 Now that we have our rub, the right equipment, and we are able to control a consistent temperature, we are ready to attempt the toughest meat to cook, Beef Brisket.

Lets first discuss how to select the meat you are about to cook. Beef Brisket can typically be sold in 3 different size cuts.

First, is the whole packer cut, this whole cut includes the 2 very distinctly different muscles that make up the entire cut, you have the flat which would be considered the flat long piece of meat, the …

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August 24, 2008
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Kevin

Great article! I have been cooking American Kobe briskets (prime) for the last 3 years and I would recommend handling them differently than select or choice briskets.  I would start out with a cooler pit 190 to 200 range for the first 3 hours then crank it up to the 225-235 range for the rest of the cook.

I would also with prime briskets check for tender earlier starting at the 180 internal range.

Love your site, great format.

Jim

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August 25, 2008
6:29 am
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Hey Jim,

Thanks for stopping by… Agreed on the Wagyu/Kobe, thats a different animal without question.. And not sure if you remember, but the first time I cooked one of those you were the one I contacted to figure out how to cook it…

I appreciate the kind words on the site Jim, and thx again for coming by to chat with us…

Kevin
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March 4, 2011
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hey, great article i found it very helpful. i was just wondering what a good rub recipe is to get a good healthy bark on a brisket. thanks

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April 26, 2011
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Hey Sorry I missed this.

Did you get this figured out? I have a couple of rub recipe's on this site which give a good bark, and I have a rub I sell which gives a great bark. But the cooker itself plays a big role in how much bark there is, as well as the process your using to cook it.

Kevin
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May 31, 2011
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homebbq said:Beef Brisket By Kevin Bevington  Now that we have our rub, the right equipment, and we are able to control a consistent temperature, we are ready to attempt the toughest meat to cook, Beef Brisket. Lets first discuss how to select the meat you are about to cook. Beef Brisket can typically be sold in 3 different size cuts. First, is the whole packer cut, this whole cut includes the 2 very distinctly different muscles that make up the entire cut, you have the flat which would be considered the flat long piece of meat, the …


Hey Kevin thanks for the article.  I took your Beef grilling class a year ago & i've been trying to master the beef brisket ever since but with mixed results.  Your grilling classes are great and I had a blast and learned a lot.  I highly recommend them to anyone & often do.  This past memorial weekend wasn't so good for my smoked brisket. One of my issues is maintaining a consistent low temp of 225 – 250 in my smoker. I have a charbroil barrel grill with the off-set firebox attachment for smoking.  I'm not happy with it because of the temp flux.  I really want a quality dedicated smoker, what would you recommend?  I like the automatic pellet smokers like tregar LIL Tex.  What would you recommend as a quality automatic small smoker that isn't priced like a commerical product?  I'm open to other smokers as well but I'd like to remove some of the chore of adding charcoal & wood every hour or so during the smoke process if possible. 

Thanks

Keith 

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May 31, 2011
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Hey Keith

It depends on your budget, a WSM (Weber Smoky Mountain) is the cheapest good smoker and highly recommend, then the Traeger your referring to is more than twice the price as the WSM. BBQ Guru, make a real nice little cooker called the Onyx, which I was told has a burn time of about 18 hours on a load of charcoal, but it is in the $1000 range, the other ones would be the ceramics (BGE, Primo, Kamado Joe), and you will be about the same price as the Traeger for one of them. Any of these cookers I would recommend.

Kevin
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