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Thankful. For my first Brisket!

epl108epl108 Posts: 13
Have a lot to be thankful for this holiday and one of those things was my first brisket cook. In addition to smoking a turkey, I wanted to serve brisket to my guests since I had the time to do the cook and have been thinking about for months.  

Picked up a ~14lb prime packer at Costco last weekend. Tuesday night I trimmed it and salted it then wrapped it in butcher paper and left in the fridge until Wednesday night. Got the egg going Wednesday evening and once temp settled around 250 I threw on a few hunks of Texas post oak and then the beef (to which I also added pepper and some garlic powder) just before 11pm. Thanksgiving morning at about 8:30am I wrapped it in butcher paper when the IT hit around 180.  At 10:30 it hit 203 and I pulled it off, wrapped the backage in some towels and put it in a cooler until about 3:30 when I was ready to cut it for a 4pm serving.

it came out PERFECTLY. some of the best brisket I have ever eaten and my guests all agreed. I was worried about the cook with so mny things that could go wrong but thanks to the knowledge of all the experts on this forum I had a good plan and it worked. I will definitely be doing more briskets soon - in the mean time, can anyone point me toward a great brisket chili recipe?


  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,085
    edited November 2018
    Nice...looks like it's right at the Brink ...great looking cook..Welcome and enjoy the ride
    Visalia, Ca
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 19,645
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Above all, have fun.
    And that's a great looking brisket right out of the gate.  Congrats.  Nailed it.  
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  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,865
    Man, that looks great.
  • Great job on the cook. It looks perfect.

    Tampa, FL
  • SGHSGH Posts: 26,332
    Great job brother👍

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  • Beautiful!
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,484
    Great post!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 7,249
    Oh heck yeah.  If that's your first then you've made the most of this site and any other information you've gotten - which is the purpose.  It took me 4 or 5 to get one that good.  

    P.S. Don't get complacent and have a sophomore slump - be just as vigilant next time.  (another chance to use this site to help you avoid the problems that ... ahem... some of us have had)

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  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 2,163
    May the brisket gods continue to smile upon you as they have for your first adventure.

    Nicely done!
  • Congrats and nice job!  Other briskets will never taste the same.
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  • Great marbling - especially for a Costco brisket.  Nice find!
    Milton, GA 
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  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,429
    Nicely done sir!!  B)
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  • chirish83chirish83 Posts: 2
    Looks great! Did you follow a specific recipe you are willing to share?
  • DaddyshackDaddyshack Posts: 107
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 8,754
     Nice looking meat!
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