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Small Brisket,,,,and I mean small

Bought into 1/2 a cow a while ago and split it with a buddy. Home raised, no hormones/antibiotics, fed well, leaned out, etc. Buddy and his family have been doing this for 25+ years now. Great beef.

I am left with a brisket that is only 3.5lbs. Been looking here for a similar cook but haven't found it yet.

Looking for advice on cooking such a small brisket. 


Is it like any other? Keep in mind I haven't done a brisket on my XL yet! Yes I know, what a shame! WTH have I been waiting for? Jump in the deep end sissy boy!

Been looking at briskets at Costco and specialty shops but the thought of killing a $50+ piece of flesh that has already been killed once is daunting.

I'm not too proud to admit it. I'll share my good as well as my bad cooks here.

Seems like a 3.5lb brisket will get done too fast before the fat has time to render. 

Looking for some advice & guidance.

Thank you in advance!
Cows eat grass therefore I am Vegan
IG -->  matt_86m


  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,471
    Cook it like a chuck roast--I'd wrap it around 170 cook to 200 ish and pull it like pit beef
    Visalia, Ca
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,758
    Smallest whole packer I've ever done was 5.46lbs and it was done in 7.5 hours. Treated it just like any other brisket I do. 250 at the grate level. Brisket was 100% grass fed locally.

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • TeefusTeefus Posts: 819
    edited July 2018
    My Process: LINK

    Michiana, South of the border.
  • Matt86mMatt86m Posts: 176
    Teefus said:
    My Process: LINK


    Makes sense. Thank you for the link. Ill be trying that.
    Cows eat grass therefore I am Vegan
    IG -->  matt_86m
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 6,254
    I’ve tried several that small from the grocery store. No luck. I’ve heard several making killer burgers from them though. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • milesvdustinmilesvdustin Posts: 1,880
    Make burgers 

    2 LBGE, Blackstone 36, Jumbo Joe

    Egging in Southern Illinois (Marion)

  • DobieDobie Posts: 2,725
    Grind it 
    Jacksonville FL
  • Little Rock, AR

  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 7,617
    Get some 1/2” ribeyes to serve w it!  Sounds like you’ve gotten some good feedback. I look forward to seeing your results. 
    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,810
    inject it with a good beef marinade.....smoke the heck out of it for several hours then foil with more broth and finish to tender.  could actually do the foil part in the oven.  if not real tender, then chop instead of slicing it.

     t ACGP, Inc.
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