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Need help - Packer or Flat?

Only have done one brisket. Which one to buy, a packer or flat? How do you recommend cooking. Thanks for input.


  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,829
    Ive done a full packer (15lbs on a BGE Large) coated in Dizzy Pig Cow Lick.  250-275 and let it ride - It took ~ 10 hours.  Was AWESOME!

    LBGE, Adjustable Rig, Spider, High-Que grate, maverick ET-732, Thermapen,

    Garnerville, NY
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    edited January 2013
    I almost always do flats. When I do find a packer, the price is higher than I want. Here is my last post on my method Flat out Tasty 

    This was a 8.5 lb flat. I start at 225° fat side down, we took it to the kitchen when the internal temp got to 165° and injected it with a beef broth, bouillon, worcestershire, and black pepper mixture. Bumped the egg up to 300° foiled it and start checking how easily the thermometer probe slides in and out at 195° and this one was much better at 205° so thats where we pulled it and put it in a cooler with towels for 2 hours. 

    Some guys don't inject or foil. But I do flats all the time and this was my method for the most tender one yet. 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 1,127
    I tend to think the packer is the way to go, mostly because I love cutting the point up for burnt ends.
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    Middleton, WI
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 17,178
    Point is the best part - I'll only cook packers.  Flats are great if corned and made into pastrami, IMO.
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  • CullumCullum Posts: 214
    I can purchase just the point. Would that be a good way to go, a couple of points?

  • jerrypjerryp Posts: 226
    I like a packer. You have a nice lean flat and a nice fatty point. Caters to all your guests taste.
  • LitLit Posts: 4,616
    Get a left side packer.
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