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Brisket 101: Why you always measure in the flat

The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 12,122
edited December 2013 in EggHead Forum
I measured this brisket in the thinnest part of the flat to prove the point (no pun) but you should always measure for doneness in the thickest part.

As you can see, this brisket is 25 degrees cooler in the thinnest part. It defies logic as the thick part should cook slower. I'm sure that could be very confusing for some people and it was for me for quite a while.

The fact is, the point is much thicker but it has a much higher fat content. Fat cooks much faster than muscle so obviously reads at a higher temp earlier than the flat. Mine is stalled out so it's even more obvious. They will start to creep closer together as it comes out of the stall but the point will always be done sooner and read higher than the flat.

So, stick a probe in the thickest part of the flat and ignore all other readings until the flat is like butter (190-200 usually)

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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    I got the go ahead to cook a brisket on Christmas Eve when the wife's family comes over for dinner. I've never done one before on any type of cooker. Needless to say, I'm gonna need some help from the resident brisket king. Starting with how to pick a good one all the way through the cook. Hell I may need to have you on speed dial. LOL

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  • shtgunal3 said:
    I got the go ahead to cook a brisket on Christmas Eve when the wife's family comes over for dinner. I've never done one before on any type of cooker. Needless to say, I'm gonna need some help from the resident brisket king. Starting with how to pick a good one all the way through the cook. Hell I may need to have you on speed dial. LOL
    um....maybe you should precook one.. practice run with beer  :D
    Beaufort, SC
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 1,958
    edited December 2013
    That's why I use the Travisstrick method! 

    http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1138233/brisket-how-i-do-it/p7
    XL BGE and Mini Max in Cincinnati, Ohio

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  • Hey Centex, I'm in need of some 101 -

    My last brisket I let ride too long, and the flat was overcooked.  There was one place on the brisket where the temp was low, and the probe didn't go in like butter.  Just this one small section had me leave the beast on for an additional 3 or 4 hours. I guess I should ignore that one spot, assume the FTC will carry it through?
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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    @plumbfir01 there will definitely be beer involved.

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     LBGE,SBGE, and a mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 12,122
    edited December 2013
    Hey Centex, I'm in need of some 101 -

    My last brisket I let ride too long, and the flat was overcooked.  There was one place on the brisket where the temp was low, and the probe didn't go in like butter.  Just this one small section had me leave the beast on for an additional 3 or 4 hours. I guess I should ignore that one spot, assume the FTC will carry it through?
    Yeah- I would just trust the thickest part of the the flat and the FTC definitely cures most ills when it comes to tenderness. I've gotten to the point where If I know I'm going to FTC. I pull it at 195 no matter what. It usually goes up to 205 or so in the cooler before it levels off. I've also found that letting it cool until it's easy to handle with bare hands before slicing really helps the texture too. 



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  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 930
    edited December 2013
    Many thanks! Will be on my next brisket :)
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  • This brisket sucked arse. I had one bite and then just ate TFJ's awesome twice bakers. It was a cheap (er) select brisket after looking all over town for a better brisket for 2 days.  This will be the last select brisket I ever cook. It was $35 cheaper than the whole foods brisket  I found of the same weight but in the end, I had one bite and chopped up the rest for the kids. I thought I could take a bad brisket and make it work.......I couldn't and I won't try again. From now on, when I can't find a good brisket, I'll just cook something else. This was my worst effort in years (and of course it was all the brisket's fault :))

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,248
    Next time text me and I'll walk you through it. =)) =))
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • henapple said:

    Next time text me and I'll walk you through it. =)) =))

    If I cook another one like this I will ;).


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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,248
    You set the bar damn high
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • lakewadelakewade Posts: 372
    This brisket sucked arse. 
    What was wrong with it?  Tough?

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  • lakewade said:
    This brisket sucked arse. 
    What was wrong with it?  Tough?

    Tough, dry, and flavorless. Hope you had better luck than me.

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,777

    @Cen_Tex-you may have to go over to the dark side..."Travis' Method". 

    :)>-
    Louisville
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  • ColetrainColetrain Posts: 30
    edited December 2013
    After cooking over 1,000's of briskest I have had virtually everything that could go wrong with one, go wrong. That being said, the quality of beef is super important. I used choice C.A.B. I wet age it for 7-10 days. I always use the same rub. This way when something goes wrong I know it's not the meat. Try to take out as many variables as possible.
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,443
    I think the problem is that Cen-Tex just doesn't know how to cook a brisket. The one he brought to Salado was probably from Lockhart.  

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • shtgunal3 said:
    I got the go ahead to cook a brisket on Christmas Eve when the wife's family comes over for dinner. I've never done one before on any type of cooker. Needless to say, I'm gonna need some help from the resident brisket king. Starting with how to pick a good one all the way through the cook. Hell I may need to have you on speed dial. LOL
    Another vote for you should practice first.  Just because you are brave doesn't mean your ready.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    I've done a lot of stuff that wasn't quite ready for. :D

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