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Small 2 lb Brisket help

ceeejay57
ceeejay57 Posts: 19

All the recipes I read are for much larger briskets.  I bought a small 2 lb one and am looking for information on recommended cooking temp and time. Even method of wrapping and not wrapping is up for discussions  I was planning on using the Smokelahoma brisket from Steven Raichlen's book.  I don't want to ruin this.  Thanks

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  • lousubcap
    lousubcap Posts: 31,930
    Gotta admit I have never seen a brisket that small.  I have no idea about the Raichlen recipe but here's one that many have used with success:
    http://biggreenegg.com/recipes/brisket-flat/   Keeping it from drying out will be the biggest issue.  Good luck and enjoy the cook and eats.

    Louisville; Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!  Seems I'm livin in a transitional period.
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
    Is there ANY outer fat at all?
    Following any recipe related to a full brisket will do you little good.
    I would season, wrap in bacon and slow cook it on the Egg indirect. It will be as good as it's going to get when it probes tender.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Hotch
    Hotch Posts: 3,564
    edited May 2017
    If you have a roasting pan you can braise it. The way most restaurants do it "Oven Style" without a smoker. Sort of like the "Travis" method
    Go for about 30 min in heavy smoke then pop it in the roasting pan with 2-3 beers and seal it up with heavy duty foil. Just keep the protein off of the bottom with a few potato halves. Shoot for a temp of 300-325. Check for tenderness in about 2.5-3 hours. Once tender you can put it back on the Egg direct for about 2-3 min a side.
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
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  • Spaightlabs
    Spaightlabs Posts: 2,349
    Go buy ya a biggun, flat an point together (packer) if'n ya can get wo Costco or have a good butcher.

    You will have lots of leftovers, but they won't last long.  If you don't want the left overs I betcha the ladies and gents down at the local firehouse would make quick work of them.
  • I'm on the fence between @The Cen-Tex Smoker and @Hotch

    Those would make some mighty fine burgers.

    I did do a 3 and a half lb one "Travis" style (basically braising it) and it turned out well, too. But I would just just go low and slow on this one...will probably come out looking like a hockey puck.

    "Brought to you by bourbon, bacon, and a series of questionable life decisions."

    South of Nashville, TN

  • ghyman
    ghyman Posts: 7
    Not to disagree with the forum veterans that are so helpful on this site, and it might be beginners luck....but had a 2.5 and a 1.7 lb yesterday...and they came out great....started 220 dg until they hit 175 internal (with a probe), then tented in foil with 1/4 cup of beef broth.....300 dg until 195 temp....3.5 hours overall....and tender and flavor-full as can be.


  • alaskanassasin
    alaskanassasin Posts: 7,500
    Nice brisket @ghyman
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
    edited April 2020
    ghyman said:
    Not to disagree with the forum veterans that are so helpful on this site, and it might be beginners luck....but had a 2.5 and a 1.7 lb yesterday...and they came out great....started 220 dg until they hit 175 internal (with a probe), then tented in foil with 1/4 cup of beef broth.....300 dg until 195 temp....3.5 hours overall....and tender and flavor-full as can be.


    You are not going against the forum Vets. But you are basically following what most believe. You can’t expect to cook a small section of a brisket like you would a full packer brisket, and you didn’t. You smoked for a few hours then braised/steamed it. This is the only reason it came out tender. And it’s a perfect way to do it. Same principle at the Travis method.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Foghorn
    Foghorn Posts: 9,759
    Welcome aboard @ghyman.  That's a great first post.  Way to take a stab at a sacred cow.

    XXL BGE, Karebecue, Klose BYC, Chargiller Akorn Kamado, Weber Smokey Mountain, Grand Turbo gasser, Weber Smoky Joe, and the wheelbarrow that my grandfather used to cook steaks from his cattle

    San Antonio, TX

  • Deluca
    Deluca Posts: 148
    ghyman said:
    Not to disagree with the forum veterans that are so helpful on this site, and it might be beginners luck....but had a 2.5 and a 1.7 lb yesterday...and they came out great....started 220 dg until they hit 175 internal (with a probe), then tented in foil with 1/4 cup of beef broth.....300 dg until 195 temp....3.5 hours overall....and tender and flavor-full as can be.


    Curious if you had that brisket close to room temperature when you started? I’m doing this right now. I’m about 3.5 hours in with internal temp at 145. Pit temp is 220. 2.5 pound brisket. 
    I had mine out for maybe an hour. Internal start temp under 50. 
  • ghyman
    ghyman Posts: 7
    sorry for the delayed response....just saw the alert.  I had them out of the fridge for only 30 minutes, but the key to my outcome was tenting (wrapping in foil) the meat when it hit 175 and increasing heat from 220 to 300.....without tenting, mine get "stuck" at the 170ish mark and become too dry and tough as they come up to 195.
  • Deluca
    Deluca Posts: 148
    Thanks for the response. 
    I’m scratching my head on this one. I think I have a bald spot as a matter of fact. Trying to figure out how yours took 3.5 hours? Here’s my graph below. It took me 12 hours. How long did it take to get yours to 170 at 220 degrees? 
    Thanks much

  • ghyman
    ghyman Posts: 7
    You def have a puzzle on your hands.  I was at 170 at 2.5 hours.  When did you tent yours?.....or did you tent?
  • booksw
    booksw Posts: 470
    In my opinion, a flat brisket has to be braised and the Travis method does this as does tenting with beef broth.  BUT, the best braised brisket recipe is this one which doesn’t use the Egg at all.  One thiNo wonderful about it is that you slice the meat half way through the cook, while the brisket is still stiff enough to allow you to get the slices really thin, then when it is time to serve- there is no work to do.  It can also easily be made a day in advance.  If it were me- I would cook the flat brisket inside, and use the egg for vegetables or chicken wing appetizers...

    https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/nach-waxmans-brisket-of-beef-394571
    Charleston, SC

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  • Deluca
    Deluca Posts: 148
    I tented at 170. That’s the dip in grill temp when I opened the egg. That was over 10 hours in. 

    Not calling this a failure. I ate it at 2:30am. It was a bit dry but tasted good. Looking forward to the next one. 

    I’ll look into this recipe you sent booksw. Thank you.