The Best Beef Brisket you will EVER Eat
Andy Anderson !
Do you like beef brisket?
Do you have a bit of time on your hands?
We start with a dry rub the night before, and then fourteen hours on the grill, smoker or oven (I really recommend the grill), and you will have some awesome, melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket.
In addition, I’m going to show you a “Texas Crutch” method, for cutting the time by four hours, and that means only 8-10 hours cooking.
The majority of the recipe is tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years from brilliant grill masters.
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.
How to Make The Best Beef Brisket you will EVER Eat
- Chef’s Note: What’s a Fat Cap? Untrimmed beef brisket, is referred to as a full packer brisket, and is made of at least two muscles. The flatter leaner portion is defined as the flat. Whereas the thicker more marbled portion is referred to as the point or the deckle. One side of the brisket is covered in a layer of fat called the fat cap.
- Chef’s Note: My dry rub does not include any salt; however, most commercial dry rubs do. So, if you are not using my rub, skip this step. I choose to add the salt separately for two reasons: One, it allows me to control the amount of salt. Two, by applying the salt separately, it gives the salt first crack at the beef.
- Chef's Tip: If you're using a charcoal or gas grill, and you want some of that smokey taste, simply soak some apple wood, or similar wood chips in water overnight. Then wrap in some aluminum foil, poke some hole in the foil and place over the hot portion of the grill. The chips will smoke and infuse the meat with their flavor.
- Chef’s Note: You have two things to keep track of: The temperature of the box, and the temperature of the brisket. If you’re using an electric smoker or an oven, the automatic settings should take care of the box temperature. If you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, you’ll need to keep a steady eye (both eyes when possible), on the temp. It will vary up and down, but try to keep it between 220f/230f (104c/110c).
- Chef’s Note: The dreaded STALL: When the brisket hits about 150f (66c) moisture rises to the surface of the beef and cools it by the process of evaporation. What happens is that the temperature doesn’t rise for hours, and this confuses a lot of novice cooks, who will panic, and begin trying to compensate by raising the temperature in the box. WRONG THING TO DO.
- Leave the brisket tightly wrapped, and place in an insulated box (like a Colman cooler), or you could leave it in an oven (wrapped) at about 175f (80c). For an hour or so (no more than 4 hours). The faux cambro, or holding helps tenderize the brisket by allowing carryover cooking which helps melt tough connective tissue.
- Chef’s Tip: When you're checking the internal temperature of the brisket after it’s been wrapped in foil, choose a point near the top to insert the probe, and use that same hole each time you check. Putting the hole high up prevents the juices from leaking out, and maintains the integrity of the wrap throughout the cooking process.