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Just Wondering...........

Chef WilChef Wil Posts: 702
edited 10:37AM in EggHead Forum
I have been to, judged, and competed in many culinary competitions across the country but BBQ competitions I have never been.
Just wondering.....from all you great BBQ'ers......what is the ultimate brisket. I know that aroma, flavor,tenderness, and bark play a key role, but what sets a "winning" brisket apart from one that doesn't place.I have cooked a few briskets that were to die for and others you just rather die than eat.....hehehe.


  • JSlotJSlot Posts: 1,218
    IMHO, the thing that propels a brisket into the "great" category is the right combination of moisture and tenderness. Brisket is such a finicky cut of meat that it takes a little luck, as well as skill, to get it right. I believe that you have only a 3-4° window where you get the moisture/texture just right. Maybe even less than that. I've had some killer tender briskets that would dry your mouth out sumpthin' terrible. On the other hand, I've had nice, moist ones that would put Wrigley's Gum to shame. All cooked to the same internal temp or thereabouts. Oh, I didn't mention taste because when cooked over wood to the proper doneness, taste will not be an issue. It will be great![p]My 2¢,

  • JSlot,[p]what are the temps in your 3-4º target range?
  • JSlotJSlot Posts: 1,218
    I shoot for 198° where the point and flat meet, CB. That has produced the most consistelntly good results for me: however, I believe that the 3°-4° target range is different for every brisket. In other words, 198° might be right on for one piece of meat, but overdone or underdone for another. That's what makes it so darn confounding to get it "just" right.[p]Jim
  • ravnhausravnhaus Posts: 311
    Chef Wil,
    A nice bark with plenty of flavor, a good smoky essence, cut-with-a-fork tenderness (but not fall apart texture) that leaves a bit of juice on the plate, and the final test to me is if you prefer to eat it without sauce of any kind. I love a good sauce, so it has to be pretty good for me to pass on the sauce (if the sauce is any good).

  • JSlot,[p]either that or you don't want to give away any competition secrets....(grinning thing here)
  • JSlotJSlot Posts: 1,218
    Secrets? Moi? Nevah!! LOL! If I had the magic info, I'd certainly be sharing the wealth with my Egg brethren!![p]Frosty Ones,

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