Monday, September 01, 2014

Smoked Brisket - It's What's For Labor Day Dinner

There's a first time for everything, and this was the first time to smoke a brisket.

To begin smoking a brisket, you need to prepare it, aye there's the rub.

And A rub there was:

Comprising brown sugar, ancho chili pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, onion flakes, garlic and pepper, the brisket was covered with it, wrapped in foil and placed in the fridge for 24 hours.

Then it was time to begin the smoking of the meat: The smoker was warmed up, topped off with water and fuel and the smoking began.

For the first attempt I went with a small brisket of 3 pounds, so the cook time was four and a half hours.

Every hour the brisket was lovingly basted with mop sauce.

Making the mop sauce was easy:

Step 1. Grab a beer, drink some beer.

Step 2. Put 1/4 cup of beer in a bowl

Step 3. Add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Step 4. Add 1/4 cup olive oil

Step 5. add some squirts of Worcestershire sauce and mix thoroughly.

Step 6. Drink some beer while applying mop sauce to the brisket.

After 4.5 Hours cooking and then two hours of rest wrapped in foil, it was ready:

Served alongside some roast beets, roast potatoes, and corn it was a meal fit for the labors of the day, and yes, it came out tender and perfect tasting. Whether it was beginner's luck or otherwise, I made a darn nice brisket.


Keads said...

Very nice!

Murphy's Law said...

Looks good. You do make good use of that smoker.

B said...

pretty much the same rub that I use. Only soak the meat in soy sauce for 12 hours before patting dry and rubbing.

Works on pork tenderloin too.

Scott said...

That was a feast indeed! Looks good enough to eat!

Roasted beets? Do tell - never heard of that before, but Sue is always looking for new ways to do veggies, and beets are liked by at least some here.

Aaron said...

Keads: Thanks!

ML: Tasted great too.

B: Neat idea with the soy. I found my rub was almost a bit too salty so i need to adjust the proportion a bit.

Scott: Simple, peel some small beets, wash 'em, quarter them place on a baking sheet and cook at 400F until fork tender. You can add spices, drizzle on some oil, etc but since Tash made em for the kids she kept it simple.