Is your brisket not tender and juicy?
Cooking brisket doesn’t have to be daunting if you understand the basic techniques.
This piece of meat keeps even the most experienced pit masters on their toes.
Have no fear because this informative guide will have you enjoying a juicy brisket in no time!
Why Do We Cook A Brisket Low & Slow?
Brisket a high-fat content and lots of muscle fibers.
Both the fat and fibers need plenty of time to breakdown.
The low temperature you smoke at will gently render this during the cook.
This is opposed to a high and direct heat that will cause the larger brisket meat to dry.
How To Keep Your Brisket Tender At 200
These tips are from tried and tested pitmasters like Aaron Franklin in central Texas or myself as a pellet smoker amateur.
Picking The Right Cuts Of Meat
If your looking for a super juicy brisket go for a packer cut or the brisket point.
Both these cuts have a high level of connective tissue and fat.
Trimming The Raw Brisket
Ask your butcher to trim off any excess fat which can be too thick to properly render and just burn to ruin your amazing brisket.
Brining The Brisket
Using a wet brine does transform the end product to avoid tough pieces of meat!
This is because the salt permeates the proteins and helps them keep the moisture within the cells.
A Correct Ratio Of Seasoning
Seasoning plays a big role when smoking a brisket.
Make sure you always use a binder when applying the rub.
There are many rubs and seasonings to choose from and all of them are amazing.
Try not to use to make sugar in your rub.
The sugar can burn and cause a hard crust instead of slowly caramelizing and creating a bark. The hard crust will dry out the brisket before you even start slicing pieces of meat.
I almost forgot! Use plenty of kosher salt!
What Kind Of Grill Are You Using?
The control and functionality of your utility are one of the biggest tips I can give you to achieving a moist brisket.
If the tools are broken or inefficient then how do we expect the cooked meat to be flavorsome and tender?
I recommend using a wood pellet grill for a brisket at 200F.
These grills give you acute temperature control and temperature readings within the cooking chamber.
Not to mention that the temperature range is also large. This helps you maintain the constant 200F to keep that meat juicy!
Putting The Fat Cap Down On The Grill
Saturated beef fat and pork have a higher melting point than the water within the meat.
You always want to face the fattiest part to the highest heat source within the pellet grill.
The outer layer of fat will render down, flavor, and most importantly, help retain moisture.
Utilizing A Meat Probe
Inserting a temp probe helps you check what speed your brisket is cooking and indicated when it’s finished.
Don’t start cooking without inserting that probe thermometer! The internal temperature when cooked is 204°F.
Spraying The Brisket During The Cooking Process
Every 60 minutes during the cooking process you should spritz the brisket.
This also helps to reintroduce moisture
The easiest way to do this is to use a spray bottle filled with apple juice or vinegar and hot water.
Giving The Brisket Enough Smoking Time
The ideal time to smoke a per pound of brisket at 200F is 2 hours.
Wrapping The Brisket
If the brisket temperature stalls between 150°F – 160°F you will need to wrap it. You shouldn’t wrap brisket before the stall.
Resting The Brisket For The Correct Time
Lastly, resting the brisket is just as important as the cooking process.
It helps finish cooking and usually raises the internal temp by around 10F. The moisture will also be allowed back into the meat.
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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