Did a brisket last night with 50/50 salt and pepper and I added a little, and I mean very little, pink salt (the curing kind, not the Himalayan kind). Crazy "smoke" ring. So, if you really feel like you need a smoke ring for a comp or to impress your buddies, add a little curing salt to your rub and you'll have a smoke ring like this.......
The brisket was really good but I'll put my bad Byron's briskets up against salt and pepper any day.
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