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How much brisket will fit

ceeejay57ceeejay57 Posts: 16
You all have been so helpful with all of my questions, I have one more.  I have a 22-1/2 BGE and need to smoke a brisket for a party next weekend.  I measured inside of the lid, and I have 19 inches in diameter to work with.  A friend said I should get a 6 - 9 lb one and cut it in half to create more burnt ends.  I am going to use Raichlin's Smokelahoma Brisket recipe and am looking for suggestions on size I can fit under the dome.


  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,972
    if you line the front and back of the egg with foil you can scrunch the biggest brisket they sell in there ;)
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,751
    As above, I have a LBGE (whatever the dimensions are) and can get a 15-16LB brisket on there by initially laying it over a brick til shrinkage takes over.  Just make sure any part that is outside your heat deflector is foil protected to preclude direct heat.  
    I will refrain from any comment on the burnt ends plan.  ;)

    Here's a link that contains many takes on a brisket cook:

    Memorial Day Weekend Brisket Cook: Who's with me? Rules are simple....  

    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 2,099
    Depends on the brisket. I have had some 15# briskets that were long requiring a rib rack under it. I have also had a 20.5# that fit perfectly on the large as it was very thick but not so long. I don't know anything about the recipe you're using but I find larger briskets are much easier to cook and get right than a tiny piece.
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 2,099
    20.7 lbs pre-trimmed. It was a tight fit but they shrink quite a bit during the cook.

    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • ceeejay57ceeejay57 Posts: 16

    Thinking about cooking it next weekend for a party on 7/1.  Should I freeze it whole or slice it 1st?

  • dksBGEdksBGE Posts: 2
    Which way did you freeze it?  ANexia the outcome?   Thank you. 
  • ceeejay57ceeejay57 Posts: 16
    Sorry, I froze it before slicing.  Brought it back up to 205 and then sliced it.  Heated up the juices from the smoking and served it with it.  It was awesome.
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