Turkey legs get smaller every year

Happy Thanksgiving

#big-green-egg #mellow-time

Brisket #2 (electric boogaloo)

The forecast for today was torrential rain with the snow level dropping to 4000′ so no hiking (as I write this I am warming my feet in the sunshine). I decided to take advantage of the weather and try another brisket.

I picked up 17.5 pounds of USDA Prime brisket at Costco. I started the Big Green Egg at 4:30 this morning and got the brisket trimmed (ineptly) and on the coals at 5:01. This time rather than use tiny wood chips, Ian brought over a bunch of post oak and I put 3 or 4 sticks (it was pre-coffee) on the bed of coals. I damped things down to 300° and have monitored ever since. If anything I’m worried about this brisket as the Egg has been a bit over 300° more often than not. Chewy and tough? We shall see.

At this point I have another hour or two and then will remove and rest the meat. I would have liked more time – but 17+ pounds of meat simply doesn’t cook quickly.

#big-green-egg, #brisket, #cooking

Memorial Day Brisket

Once upon a time for Thanksgiving I threw a brisket on the smoker along with turkey and such. I didn’t do anything really – just cooked it for a long time. Two hours after all the guests left it was done. And it was pretty good. But it wasn’t great.

This time I leaned on my buddy who is a devout brisket fan and is trying to corner the market on best brisket in the Northwest. I grabbed a 10 pound USDA Prime “packer cut” from Costco and armed with my Big Green Egg, off we went.

  • 6:00 – the alarm goes off. I groggily get out of bed and get the coals going.
  • 6:30 – the brisket goes on the grill, fat cap down. I used Montreal + kosher salt all over.img_20180527_121010_837
  • 9:00 – discussion ensues about fat up or down. I flipped the brisket.img_20180527_075627
  • 12:00 – brisket hits 171 degrees. Time for wrapping, right? Nah, there was no bark. None of that good crust stuff. Somehow the apple wood chunk I put in didn’t get enough heat and stopped smoking. I added a bunch of cherry wood chips and got the smoke rolling again.
  • 2:00 – wrap in foil, back on the grill at 275 grill temp (dome was 300).

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    Pre-wrap. The citronella behind is to hold the foil down. Nothing to do with the recipe.

  • 4:00 – into the cooler bags to sit for two hours or resting temp down to 140 in theory.
  • 7:00 – all done, sliced correctly, and **DAMN** it was good. It was super moist, great flavor. If I dinged it I’d say it didn’t have enough bark (crust) and could have used a little more smoke flavor.img_20180527_191905

This is not the standard Franklin recipe. I screwed up and adjusted all over the place. But it turned out really nicely. I will try another, slightly larger brisket next time they have them at Costco and I have a day in which I want to stay home and tend my grill all day.

#bbq, #big-green-egg, #brisket, #brisketfail