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First brisket-- help is both needed and appreciated

LarrymacLarrymac Posts: 94
edited August 2013 in EggHead Forum
Well brisket flat about 5.5#
Thought I should keep it simple.
Will try to maintain 275 temp.
Cooking indirect with plate setter.

Do I need to inject -- if so with what and when?
Should I have a foil pan under the brisket to collect drippings or should there be beef broth and/or beer in the pan?

What temp do you foil?
What temp do you FTC?
How long do you( can you ) FTC?
How long would you anticipate it would take to cook this 5.5 # flat?
Thanks for any advice!


  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,739
    I'll give you what I think are majority answers around here.

    Injecting is not bad but most of us don't do it. Might be a good thing to do with a flat.
    Most don't foil a brisket, but if you do it, wait until at least a meat temp of 160.
    It will be done somewhere between 195 and 205. But it is when a temp probe or toothpick slides in easily that you declare it done.
    You can FTC for 6 hours without any concerns. It can take anywhere from 0.5 to 2 hours per pound. If you cook around 275 you can guesstimate 1 to 1.5 hours per pound.

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  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 1,092
    For a flat I highly recommend the Travis method.
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  • LarrymacLarrymac Posts: 94
    Travis method?
  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 1,092
    Finally back in the Badger State!

    Middleton, WI
  • LarrymacLarrymac Posts: 94
    Thanks for the help guys
  • LarrymacLarrymac Posts: 94
    Turned out Great although we ate several hours later than expected as grandson had a little accident --Fell and hit his head and has a nicel Goose egg but evidently should be fine.
    But we ate later than expected. Tasty And much more tender than I ever expected. So for the first brisket I would say it was a success and thanks for all your advice.

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  • bbqlearnerbbqlearner Posts: 739

    Looks great! How did you do it?

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