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Brisket Flat on the Small

R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,652
My mother-in-law bought me a 7.94 lb brisket flat as a thanks for all of the cooking I do for her. I don't particularly care for cooking flats as I've had much better success cooking whole packers. Beggars can't be choosers and I figured I was up for the challenge.

I decided with all of the interest in SBGEs lately that I'd cook it on my Small. I got it loaded up pretty high with Wicked Good and some oak & cherry chunks: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Got the Egg stabilized around 200-210 and draped the flat over an inverted foil wrapped metal bowl to get it to fit (it was almost 16" in length at its longest point). Folded a little foil under the ends to protect them from the direct heat coming through the edges of the Woo: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Checked to make sure the dome thermo didn't skewer the meat: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

It helps that the thermo is pulled out a bit by putting the clip on the outside of the dome: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

40 minutes in the temp looked pretty much where I wanted it (low to get more smoke): Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

I opened the vents just a slight bit more and took a nap. 2 1/2 hrs into the cook I opened up the vents & let the Egg get up in the 320-340 range. About 4 hrs into the cook it had shrunk enough that I could give my wife a nice clean bowl back to her. Hmm, a little less bark than I was hoping for. In hindsight I was a little light on rub: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

An hour or so later, I decided to foil this one and after another couple of hours it was probing nicely. 3 hrs rest in FTC I was ready to slice this: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

I was happy with the smoke ring. It felt pretty tender: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Gave it a one handed pull test and it pulled apart easily: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Ultimately, it was good but not quite as moist as the flats I get off of a packer. The little bit of point meat on this brisket was excellent and just enough to make me wish I had some more point. Thanks for looking.
XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs
Bay Area, CA


  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,386
    Man that makes me wanna eat!!!


  • That's a rather large flat there John.   Nice smoke ring.



    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,652

    That's a rather large flat there John.   Nice smoke ring.

    Thanks Smitty! I sent a pic of that flat on the Small to my buddy and he said I needed a Med Egg for it & suggested I contact you.
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs
    Bay Area, CA
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    Flats are all I usually make due to cost / availability. That looks great and shows us small owners another great cook to try out! =D>
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,149
    Great write up. Thanks for posting
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 7,624
    Thanks for the report. Still working on doing brisket right, so I figured I would try some small flats to practice. Now I have a benchmark to shoot for!

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,652
    Thanks guys!

    Oh, I forgot a couple of details on the cook & set up that may or may not be of interest. I didn't inject the brisket, didn't use my Stoker, used my High-Que grate, and didn't add any more lump or need to stir it. Here's what I had left in lump after pulling off the meat: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs
    Bay Area, CA
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 8,217
    Great results and very creative with the SBGE!
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
    Pit Barrel Cooker
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,308
    Beautiful. Nice smoke ring. Got me wanting to do a brisket again.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • I have GOT to do one of these!!!
    Clanton, Al LBGE
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,421
    for those who do flats, that's a perfect example of what size and kind of flat to buy, big with some point running along it.....I'd load up plenty on the plate with that one.....very nice.

    t ACGP, Inc.
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,283
    Looks tastilicious! :D
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 7,873
    That looks great!  I really like the idea using the inverted bowl to drape it over to get it "egg shaped" :)

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • You did that brisket on a small? Nice.

    That settles the mini vs small debate for me.

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