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Butt/brisket question

ChuckChuck Posts: 812
edited 10:16AM in EggHead Forum
I am doing my biggest cook ever starting tomorrow night. Presently I have 37 lbs of boston butt, five 7lb+, with rub and mustard wrapped in the fridge. I also have a whole, 14 lb brisket. My plan is to do three butts on one egg(one over two using a grid extender) and two butts and probably half the brisket on another egg. The questions are... is cooking a brisket over butts a good idea? Is there any tricks to spliting a brisket into two pieces or can I just whack in in half. I am planning on firing them up at 9 tomorrow evening to eat around 5 on Sunday. Any comments, suggestions or advice would be appreciated. [p]Thanks Chuck <><


  • BBQfan1BBQfan1 Posts: 562
    Chuck, I think I've heard folks recommend the reverse of what you're asking: they find cooking butts over brisket will help baste the brisket a bit.

  • Citizen QCitizen Q Posts: 484
    You might wanna start your cook a little bit earlier than that. I've found that when I pack my Egg like that, an expected 18-20 hour cook can last upwards of 24 hours.

  • ChuckChuck Posts: 812
    Citizen Q,[p]Thanks, do you think 6:00 would be about right or sooner?

  • ChuckChuck Posts: 812
    BBQfan1,[p]Thanks, i'll try to pu one butt over a butt and brisket.
  • Citizen QCitizen Q Posts: 484
    What temp are you planning to cook at?

  • ChuckChuck Posts: 812
    Citizen Q,[p]225* is what I usually use. I use an inverted plate setter so dome and grid are pretty close after the ceramics heat up so that is a dome temp.
  • Citizen QCitizen Q Posts: 484
    I do my low and slows at 200 degrees through the plateau, then up to 250 for the last hour or two, averaging 18 to 20 hours total for a single brisket or shoulder. When I do a shoulder over a brisket together, it's at least 24 hours, and one time 27 hours, but they were really big and I was really drunk.[p]If you're starting out at 250 though, as many here do, you'll probably have to adjust for a longer cook than normal, but I don't think you'll run over by as much as I do. So an extra 3 hours should probably do it.[p]And how come you're skimping on the brisket anyway? Cook the whole damn thing with the pork above on the grid extender. Fill that lump right up halfway into the fire ring and you might wanna hang a foil drip pan under the main grid with piano wire, you don't want that much grease hitting the coals.[p]Good Luck,

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