So I purchased a 6lb flat last Friday (6 days ago) directly from the butcher and he wrapped it in wax paper. It has been in the fridge since. I pulled it tonight to prep it for the smoke overnight tonight. I was greeted by a brisket with a little brown on the edges and little different aroma. Now I am not really worried about the color, but the smell. It did not have the traditional meat smell it had a little "off" aroma to it. Not vomit inducing or anything, just enough to say...hmm thats odd.
I am now really nervous as I have a bunch of people coming tommorrow for this cook... what do we think? Do I have to tell them we are having ribs instead!