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Cooking Brisket with No Fat Cap??

Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,507
edited 8:04PM in EggHead Forum
Well, finding a good brisket around here is like finding fish sauce in Indianola, Mississippi. After visiting 5 grocery stores, finally found a brisket. Pretty lame. 5.7 pounds, with nearly all of the fat trimmed off. Why do they do that?? Not exactly a steal either at $2.99/lb!![p]I need to find a good butcher, even if I have to drive![p]Anyway, any suggestions for cooking this fatless chunk-o-chest??
Lay bacon over top?? Will that make it taste like ham??[p]Definitely a drip pan with liquid. [p]Any suggestions??[p]It is already slathered in mustard, and covered with a combo of rubs. Goes on tonight.[p]Thanks. NB
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  • djm5x9djm5x9 Posts: 1,342
    Nature Boy:[p]Indirect with bacon or sliced unsalted fat back on top would be my vote.

  • SmokeySmokey Posts: 2,468
    djm5x9,[p]That sounds reasonable to me![p]

  • BBQfan1BBQfan1 Posts: 562
    Nature Boy,[p]I did my first brisket on Sunday past. I bought it at my new-found neighborhood butcher on Friday. Best they had was 3.41lbs @ $2.99 lb and it too had no fat cap. Butcher said only other request he had for a full piece of brisket flat was from hunters wanting to make jerky. Such is life in the Great White North; not many of us 'low and slow' cookers around to create a demand. I followed recipe from Smoke and Spice book, which it sounds like many Eggers have, for Dallas Dandy brisket. Only problem was I didn't do the wrap in foil for last hour. I believe this would have contributed greatly to tenderness of finished brisket. If there is a lack of fat cap (as mine was) I would not make this error again. The recipe though was really good, flavor excellent according to all to tasted the brisket. Indirect and a foil wrap for tenderness at the end would be my recommendation, but judging from time you posted, this bit of 'advise' will be after the fact. Let me know how it turned out, and what you decided to do as far as method of cooking was concerned.
  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,507
    Thanks. I am not a big fan of foil, and have had great results just by waiting it out and lettinng the egg do it's magic without opening it. I covered that baby from head to chest with bacon. A whole package. Laid em on 2 pieces thick.[p]A FULL drip pan of water is doing it's thing under Sir Chunk-o-Chest. Been on for 2 hours now, slowly stepping temp up to 240. I am guessing this 6 pounder will take 14-15 hours.[p]Thanks for your suggestions! Not sure what it is, but I tried finishing up in foil once, and it didn't seem as flavorful, and had less crust/bark. Maybe I am stubborn, but have had several moist successes in a row without foil.[p]I'll probably pull it off tomorrow late morning or noon, and give it a sample. Will let you know how the bacon smother works.[p]Happy cuz I get to do a chunk-o-chest
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