So I wanted to cook a brisket. I've done ribs and spatchcock chickens, pizza, enchiladas and fish. I know brisket is harder, and so I felt like I was ready. And I had an awesome smoked brisket at the Devil's Backbone Brewery and I wondered if I could do as well.
But a whole brisket - a packer - is 10-13lbs. Problem: wife and daughter don't eat red meat. Son (11 years old) and I do. But there is no way in hell we are going to eat 13 lbs of brisket before it turns. And that would be sad.
So we need reinforcements on the eating front. Ok, no problem. I know lots of people who would love to come over and eat some good BBQ. I was even thinking of doing this on Super Bowl Sunday. A perfect match.
But those of you who are married know there is a 'matching program.' If I buy something nice for me, there has to be an equivalent (or greater) expenditure for the Sig. Other. And that's fine, and fair.
But the invite list turned out to have the same rules apply... so all of my (brisket) eating friends will be matched by an equivalent of wife's friends. And that too is totally fine (her friends all have husbands, and they want brisket too if anything is right in the world) but the body count is going high now.
And I have to pull this off. President's Day weekend. For 30. I kinda like the fact that we are reminding civilians that for the BGE clan, it's always summer BBQ season.
Here's the sobering facts: brisket, at least 3 baby backs, a spatchcock chicken, elk burgers (which are spec-tac-u-lar if you can get your hands on some - Colorado readers get on that right away), hot dogs, and yeah, some portobellos. 30 in all.
BTW, I have a medium BGE.
Help? how can I time this out for a hot, rested and ready 4pm serve? Brisket needs a dozen hours or more. Can I throw baby backs on at T-minus 5 hrs and they too will get done, pull then chicken for an hour prior and burgs/dogs at party time? Am I nuts?
I do have a 'in case of emergency, break glass' backup. Neighbor across the street has a medium egg (he converted me last year - thanks Jay!). should i split the work or just go for it?
1. never cooked a brisket
2. the medium egg
3. a big crowd
4. invites sent and everyone accepted
going to be an interesting presidents day. could be a 10 buckets of KFC.