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Here We Go!!! 1st brisket attempt will seal the fate of 2014!

Hi Everyone!

Long time lurker, first time posting (Scroll down for short version of question). I got my LBGE back in November this year and have been using it almost every day since. With help and guidance from everyone on this fourm, I have made some amazing dishes including the best BBR I have ever tasted. I love browsing this site and seeing everyone's meals and techniques. It's all so inspiring and makes me want to GRILL!

Sooo with that being said, here is where I am needing help and advice... I'm the type of person who jumps all in and that's what I have done here.

I am a HUGE brisket fan. I love brisket. It just is the best when cooked properly, but I have never done one before. So yesterday I went to SAMs and bought a 15 lb packer brisket. I have trimmed down to around 12.75lbs and used meathead beef rub on it. I am having people over tomorrow around let's say 3PM and I want the brisket to be done around that time. 

(Question)Now I know that there are a lot of opinions and such about brisket cooking, but what I am most concerned about is the temp and timing for the 12.75 lb piece of meat. I have a DigiQ Dx2 that will do most of the work for me, but I need some feedback on when I should put it on tonight (leaving at like 7PM for NYE dinner) and on what temp, when to pull, how long to wrap for an ETA for 3PM meal.

Again thanks for everyone's help. I look forward to posting more and becoming a contributing member of the community!



  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,879
    I don't see where you mentioned you'll be drunk as hell from bourbon or any mention of you waking up to a cold egg. :P
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • I have a 14lb on that is probably around 12 after trimming. I put it on at 11 last night and it is at 162* IT right now. I dont have a pit controller but its been right around 225 all night and day. I out 2 slabs of ribs on at noon and bumped the temp up 250* im hoping to have dinner around 6 so I think I am looking good. Hope this helps you a little bit
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  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 3,646
    I cooked a 16lb Snake River Farms brisket @ 250 for 13hrs and pulled @ 197 internal.  It cooked quicker than expected because of the high fat content.  Wrapped in foil and placed in cooler for 6hrs till we ate.  Still came out soft as butter and hot.  I'd shoot for it to finish earlier than later.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,623
    Around a hour per 250. Go till its tender...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • cazzy said:
    I don't see where you mentioned you'll be drunk as hell from bourbon or any mention of you waking up to a cold egg. :P
    Well I thought that was sort of a given?! But replace the bourbon with Yuengling and it's a little more accurate for me. 

    Thanks for all the other suggestions everyone.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 11,729
    +1 on "finish sooner than later".  With FTC (foil, towels and cooler) you can adjust the eat time within a very large time band.  FTC can easily buy you 4-6 hours of hitting the finish-line.  So I would aim to finish around 3-4 hours early and if it runs long you have some room to work.  Just remember to only slice when ready to eat (it will dry out before your eyes) and slice against the grain.  When is it finished-when you probe the thickest part of the flat and get no resistance in our out, you are there.  Generally start checking at about 190*F but it may not be ready til the low 200's.  (Now if you have a Snake River Farms HOB (hunk of beef) then it will likely finish in the mid-high 180's-but that's the general subject of another thread on here).  Happy New Year.
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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 15,121
    edited December 2013
    learned a new trick yesterday that i really liked. when you can slide a wooden skewer or meat probe all the way through (go in though the top and all the way out the bottom)the thickest part with very little resistance,it's ready. That will give you a pretty good reading of the point and the thickest part of the flat with one poke. I used it yesterday and the SRF brisky and will continue to use that as the gauge from now on.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 11,729
    @Cen_Tex go ahead and rub it in some more :)>-
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  • HotchHotch Posts: 2,838

    Welcome and great success on your first brisket.

    Remember to post pics, even one, I guess, will do.

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