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your opinions on 7lb brisket w/o fat cap needed

citychickencitychicken Posts: 484
edited 2:14AM in EggHead Forum
my girlfriend picked up a 7lb costco cryo brisket for a gathering we are having this weekend. it's a choice cut large flat, fat cap and point trimmed away, but with good marbling throughout and very even thickness.

since the fat cap has been completely trimmed away will this make for a dry brisket? any thoughts on the best way to egg this?


  • BENTEBENTE Posts: 8,337
    this is how i am going to do my next flat:

    Beef, Brisket, Mad Max Beyond Eggdome

    1 If you don't want to stay up all night (or get up to check it every few hours- unless you have a guru), try the "five hour" method.
    2 Night before, coat your brisket heavily with sugar (white is ok here as it will all melt into the brisket). In the morning, rub your brisket with whatever rub you want to use (dizzy cowlick is a great choice as are drbbq's recipes).
    3 Put the brisket in BGE with plenty of smoke at 250°F. dome temperature for 2 hours.. .. . After 2 hours, remove the brisket, wrap it tight in a couple layers of foil, and put back in the BGE for 3 more hours at 350°F dome temperature ( or until it hits 195°-200°F internal temperature-- depending on size it may take even less than the additional 3 hours... remove it from the BGE, leave it foiled and wrapped in towels for a couple of more hours if possible (not necessary,but I find that it helps)
    4 Slice and serve. Save the juices from the foil. They are terrific served over the sliced meat.
    5 Thia method will not turn your brisket to pot roast, although the texture is slightly different than a brisket that has been smoked all night long, and the 2 hours in the smoke will give you plenty of smoked flavor.

    Recipe Type
    Beef, Main Dish

    Recipe Source
    Author: Mad Max Beyond Eggdome

    Source: BGE Forum, Mad Max Beyond Eggdome, 11/04/05

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  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,795
    Iv'e tried this method with limited success. It seemed to push the brisket too fast and it was a bit tough.
  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,795
    Be sure to mark which way the graing of the meat is going (I usually make a small slice about 1" from and end) This way you will be able to slice across the grain when done. Cook that sucker at 250 until it hits 190. Pull it and put heavy foil. Wrap in towels and hold in a cooler for about 2 hours. It will be just fine. It will probably take a bit less to cook than the same weight in a whole brisket, due to width. Many folks will tell you to put the fat down and some say fat up. I don't care what you do, both have made good briskets for me.

    While it is cooking, open the dome and spray it often to keep it moist. Just be quick so the temp of the egg doesn't jump higher. If you can cook a butt above it and let those juices fall on it, it will be even moister.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,014
    ive had good luck cooking them under a pork butt on a raised grill.
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    I do one or the other with that flat.

    1. Smoke it as usual except flip a couple times during the cook and wrap in foil when coming out of the plateau stage. I'd make sure the indirect piece is way bigger than the flat with tiered set-up - stone, couple inches space, pan. couple inches space, grid. Kinda a man-made fat cap.

    2. cut in smaller sections, freeze and then grind when needed for hamburger. Sounds like a great piece for burgers or meat loaf. Then go back and buy one with a fat cap, only talking $20 or so.

    Wonder if you girl friend picked a flat prepped for pastrami or corned beef making...... ACGP, Inc.
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    butt or brisket above helps with basting but can play a bit with bark formation on the lower piece. I still like it!

    120_2088.jpg ACGP, Inc.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,014
    once its all sliced up, no ones going to know the difference, and then you get all that pork to serve and or freeze, you wont get any complaints.


  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    very nice, T ACGP, Inc.
  • citychickencitychicken Posts: 484
    thanks for the info. i think i will do the butt over the briskett.

    btw, tjv mentioned using briskett for burgers. i suppose you grind it then form in patty and cook it up like a regular burger? could you expand your thoughts on this one? please. specifically a recipe.
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    Yes just grind it. Several folks around here have the griding attachment to the kitchenaid mixer. Works well for home use. Then, it's just your favorite hambuger method...

    grinder.jpg ACGP, Inc.
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