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Finally Did It

Postby Ihone » Wed May 27, 2009 5:02 pm

Hello. My name's Justin. First time poster here, long time bbq lover though!

If I may - let me share a story with ya'll!

I decided this past weekend that after taking care of my prior engagement (I always go to Lake Houston, and play TAPS on the bugle, right on the water's-edge to commemorate those that have given their lives for our freedoms we so take for granted)...that I wanted to try my hand at smoking a brisket.

I 'inherited' a smoker from my pops, and immediately got to work on a set of b-back ribs. They came out perfect!

So, I made the move to try a brisket. I wasn't expecting to do that much work, but it was all worth it in the end.

-got said brisket fresh from HEB at midnight (that's when their placing the newest meat out in my store)
-marinated it for only about 2 hours, while I stoked a nice bed'o coals.
-used white oak first
-used hickory for 8 hours straight
-used more white oak to make sure it was done.

I smoked 'Betsy' for 17 hours, then wrapped her in 2x layers of foil, 4 towels, and rushed her EMT style to the nearest cooler.

The brisket was 17 pounds when I bought it (16.2 when I put it into the smoker minus the fat I trimmed off the cap)


But, enough blabbin - here's what she looked like when she was done!
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I know she was a tad ugly on 1 side, but the rest of it was sooooooooooooooo good!



I'd like to thank my wife for doubting me in this - that's the reason I did it....to prove her wrong....lol.
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Re: Finally did it

Postby NewBQ » Wed May 27, 2009 5:10 pm

Welcome to the forum Ihone,

Maybe your wife will give you a little more support next cook.

Congrats on your first Brisket!

You may be a ble to lay a piece of foil over the end closest to your fire, helps keep the "uglys" away.
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby DATsBBQ » Wed May 27, 2009 5:42 pm

Welcome to the Forum. Glad you found us!

BTW: I moved your post here from the Throwdowns.
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby JamesB » Wed May 27, 2009 5:46 pm

Welcome! Great looking first brisket! My first one sure didn't come out look'n that good! :D

Very nice Memorial Day tradition you've got going on too.
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby Big Ed » Wed May 27, 2009 6:14 pm

Welcome Ihone,nothin wrong with that brisket.Burnt ends are real popular.LOL
Can't Beat A Drum!!!

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Re: Finally Did It

Postby OSD » Wed May 27, 2009 6:24 pm

Welcome aboard. :D
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby Bluz » Wed May 27, 2009 8:52 pm

Welcome, and keep up the good work, because your right, its worth the effort.
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby nascarchuck » Thu May 28, 2009 7:07 am

Welcome Ihone!!!

That brisket looks good enough to eat!!! Bet that it tasted grrrrrreat!
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby Ihone » Thu May 28, 2009 8:24 am

I sure am glad he gave me that smoker -

He just used it for grilling (just filled the bottom of the drum with charcoal.....ick) but never tried smoking w/ it.

worked very well, and it's just a cheapy from Academy sports. Oklahoma Joes makes it and I'll be putting it to use again very, very soon.

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Re: Finally Did It

Postby bowhnter » Thu May 28, 2009 8:55 am

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Re: Finally Did It

Postby tex_toby » Thu May 28, 2009 10:01 am

Welcome! Glad to have ya!

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Re: Finally Did It

Postby SteerCrazy » Thu May 28, 2009 10:25 am

welcome aboard Justin
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby mgwerks » Thu May 28, 2009 11:24 am

Welcome, good work, and congratulations on the great first smoke! Brisket is the most difficult usually, so you got the hard part out of the way.

My first brisket was a large lump of tough, raw, creosote. Thank God it was many years and lessons learned back.
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby DJ » Thu May 28, 2009 6:50 pm

Welcome to the forum!
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Re: Finally Did It

Postby Papa Tom » Thu May 28, 2009 8:44 pm

Welcome Ihone glad ya Joined in. Looks like a serious MXr there on a PW......
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