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Elder Ward's Brisket - Indirect?
Hello - I am going to try the Elder Ward's brisket recipe (page 2 of Beef section in the Cookbook). He does not say he uses a platesetter. Is it safe to assume that he does? Any thoughts?
Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.
I think some form of indirect is safe to say
I have heard of direct cooks on almost all cuts of meat, except for brisket and pork butt. Some one please correct me if I am wrong.
I raise my kids, cook and golf. When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
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I use Elder Ward's brisket recipe almost exclusively and NEVER EVER put in a platesetter. All I can tell it does it avoid giving you the great bark (my favorite part) and slow down the cook. The egg cooks evenly enough. I don't see the point of dropping in a big blob of ceramic to block the fire.
Put a good-size drip pan under your raised grid. In fact you can stick another grid right ON the drip pan and use that. Sometimes I use a v-rack on the drip pan. Then put it fat-side up on your rack or 2nd grid. The drip pan will keep it from getting toasted to a crisp. Pour a bottle of beer in the drip pan and let it cook until 190 internal. Leave it alone otherwise. It doesn't need to be sprayed, deodorized, fussed with, or annoyed. Take it out and wrap it in a couple layers of foil and then in a beach towel and stick it somewhere to cool for at least an hour. Tada...great brisket.
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I agree with you. I do brisket on a direct raised grate and it always turns out with great bark and juicy inside. I do cook mine till 198 internal though. I wrap the flat only and put put in cooler. The point is for the burnt ends. It's actually one of easiest cooks I do on the egg.
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