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Brisket and wood

Buckeye FanBuckeye Fan Posts: 50
edited 10:59PM in EggHead Forum
Hey Guy's,

Trying my first brisket tomorrow and still have questions about which type of wood to use and how many chunks. Do you bury the chunks throughout the lump or place on top of coals? Thanks for the help as always.

Buckeye Fan


  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,914
    Brisket seems to suck up a LOT of smoke. I go with a light smoke on briskets.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,092
    I layer my chunks and I usually use 3-4 pieces a little smaller than my fist. I typically use hickory & or pecan...
  • I have been reading many posts that talk about pecan wood for brisket. Would it make sense to do three fist sizes chunks of pecan and one hickory chunk?
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674
    Smoke is really a personal preference, some people like just a touch and other go heavily. What you mentioned (3 and 1)sounds like a good start. Might be a good idea to document what you do, analyze your results and adjust for the next time, whether you think you need to add or use less wood next time.

    I'd use mesquite, but I am from South Texas and that's what I grew up with and all I knew as a kid and what I really prefer. Some people complain about it (but not down here in Texas) Hickory and pecan would go nice with a brisket as well.

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  • jostheimjostheim Posts: 53
    I use hickory and use like 6 or 7 chunks, but I like the smokey flavor it imparts. Never gotten a complaint from my audience but still I'd go light to start, 3 chunks sounds very reasonable.
  • asianflavaasianflava Posts: 313
    I've been leaning towards Hickory and Pecan too. I usually put 5 or 6 chunks on top of the coals right before I put the meat on.
  • Smoke is all about personal preference

    I like oak (3-4 chunks) on brisket, pecan (6-7 chunks) on pork
  • crghc98crghc98 Posts: 1,006
    If you have it, cherry goes well on everything....
  • golfguygolfguy Posts: 105
    Yea- something sweet would be good to go with a more potent wood like hickory. Your 3:1 ratio would be a good starting point.
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