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Brisket Fat Side Down Gets an A

thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
edited 1:03AM in EggHead Forum
<p />Here is the boy after the trim. About 3 lb's came off of this one which now weighs in at about 10 lb.[p]I learned how to cook brisket from my grandfather in the '60's. It always had a simple seasoning, always cooked over oak and ALWAYS cooked fat side up! So for 38 years I never broke the fat up rule (even on oven recipes). For several years now I've been reading the benefits of cooking fat side down, especially in ceramic cookers, so for the first time I tried it and the samples were great. I did have a little insurance in that I did an over-under setup with a butt on the grid extender.[p]
9cc65e99.jpg[p]Here he is after a 15 cook at 215° and a three hour rest. Pulled him at 188°. No turning, no spray no mopping and only one or two peeks, other than through the top vent.[p][p]830e8564.jpg[p]Look at the size of that point!! (No funny camera angles here)

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  • thirdeye, Looks Great !!! DrBBQ did great last year on the BBQ circuit cooking brisket fat side down on the egg. I think it's a good method if it's good enough for DrBBQ !!!

  • thirdeye,
    Would love to see what a slice looked like.What is the benefit to fat side down?[p]METRO

  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    Metrofire,[p]Sorry, no pictures of slices, maybe next time, but I was pleased with the moistness and also the bark. I sliced the whole thing and pulled the butt I cooked above it for sandwiches at work tomorrow. I can't base everything on just one cook as it may have been just a good piece, but I'm going to try the next 5 just like this one.[p]The brisketeers that cook fat-side down say that the fat layer acts like a heat shield keeping the flat from drying out. Most don't turn the meat and many ceramic cooks don't even mop or baste. [p]~thirdeye~[p]

    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
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