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Cinco de Mayo Brisket

I live in Austin, born in Maine.  My wife is from Monterrey Mexico.  

So - of course I'm planning my first brisket for Sunday, May 5th. I hope celebrate my victory over store bought BBQ!

I have a LBGE, what is the longest/largest hunk of cow you can fit in that bad boy?

I plan on starting simple/ old school - salt'n'peppa.  I'd like to get some briskets under my belt before our annual Garner state park trip this summer. 

Any advice?


Austin, Texas.  I'm the guy holding a beer.


  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 26,167
    I've seen where some guys use a foil wrapped brick under the flat if it's too long. They will shrink up a lot during the cook.


    Caledon, ON


  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,381
    My friend just did a 15lb with no problem.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • My friend just did a 15lb with no problem.

    I've done 17. You can kind of "accordion" them in there. I've found that 10-12 is kind of the sweet spot for the Briskets i do. Bigger is not always better.

  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,351

    @sumoconnell  I applaud your efforts to jump into the world of brisket, but I wouldn't run out and buy the biggest brisket I could find. I like to keep mine in the 10-12 lb range. I find larger ones are a bit tougher. I'll generally pick up just about every one in the store and hold it from one end and see how much it will bend. You want a 'bendy' one, not one that is firm and unflexible.  If you do go larger, you can put a foil wrapped brick or an opened Coke can in the middle and drape it over it until it shrinks down a bit and can lay flat.

    Garner state park, huh? Seems like forever since I've been out that way. Great place to vacay in the summer.

    Richardson, Texas

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  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 819
    Thanks guys - 

    10-12 it is for the first cook.  Is it Friday yet?  I'm ready for the weekend.  

    Austin based folks - where do you get your lump?  HEB only has B&B and Royal Oak. I'm tired of the B&B fireworks.

    Griffin - Garner is one of my favorite places.  Went the first time 5 years ago and I'm back every year since - large group.  So, for Garner I'll need a larger cook.  I can do a brisket at home, and FTC on the drive down. I'm pushing SWBO to bring the egg, but she thinks I'd never leave the cabin, and I'd bring the egg indoors every night :)
    Austin, Texas.  I'm the guy holding a beer.
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