What Is Nose off Brisket? (+ 3 Simple Steps to Smoking It)

Wondering what is a nose-off brisket is?

How about deckle off brisket?

Why are there so many types of briskets out there?

This guide will answer those questions and help you decide which beef brisket to choose!

What Is Nose off Brisket?

A nose-off brisket is another way to say flat-cut brisket.

When the point is cut off the brisket, you can say it is nose off. 

Some people refer to the point as the nose.

Others use “nose” to describe the hard fatty layer between the point and flat.

Either way, it will be a brisket flat with varying levels of fat.

A nose-off brisket will still have some fat. This adds to the flavor and moisture.

A lot of people also consider the brisket flat to be “deckle off.” However, the two terms are not completely interchangeable.

Moist or Lean Brisket?

Do you prefer lean or moist brisket?

If you like leaner brisket than the nose off cut might be for you.

Hoewever if you like fatty juicy brisket than you may want to go for the cut with the point attached.

What Is Deckle?

Deckle is the connective tissue on a brisket that connects it to the sternum bone.

A lot of people think this is the brisket fat or point.

A brisket can have more fat than doesn’t connect the meat to the rib cage.

While deckle is usually fatty, not all fat is considered deckle.

The deckle and nose are both fatty connective tissue connecting different things.

The deckle, nose, and point have many similarities. However, they aren’t the same.

Brisket terminology can be difficult to pin down.

What Is Brisket?

Brisket is a piece of meat from the deep pectoral muscle of a cow’s chest.

It has a lot of connective tissue which makes it tough.

It is a primal cut that often weighs in at a 12-14 pound brisket.

It requires a long cooking process but is so delicious!

It is often labeled in two parts: the point and the flat. These are subprimal cuts.

The point is sometimes referred to as the nose. It is the fattier and smaller portion of the brisket.

The flat is leaner and larger. Many people prefer to only cook and eat this part.

What Is a Packer Brisket?

A packer cut is a brisket with the point and flat left together. It is often the cheapest way to buy brisket for barbecue.

You may trim the fat at home, before or after cooking.

Some people prefer not to cook the fat as it keeps their pellet smoker clean.

Others like to have the fat so they can grind it up with the rest of the meat for burgers.

How to Tell Types of Brisket Apart?

A lot of people disagree on the proper definitions of deckle, nose, and point.

This can make it tricky to read labels!

That’s why you should always inspect the meat before purchase.

If it’s a 6-10 pound brisket, it’s probably just the flat.

If it’s much more than 10 pounds of brisket, you’ll know it probably has the point attached.

Look for the fat and fat marbling. If you barely see any, it’s probably deckle off and nose off.

If you see some fat, examine whether it’s the deckle, nose, or point.

You may need to reread this article to better understand the difference.

How to Choose a Brisket?

There are a lot of factors to consider when it’s time to choose a brisket.

There are different quality grade brisket options to consider.

Prime grade brisket is the best while USDA choice grade brisket is a close second.

USDA select grade brisket is the highest quality budget option.

You may need to choose between branded and non-branded briskets. There isn’t much difference in the taste, so choose the cheaper option.

Certified Angus, American Wagyu, and Japanese Wagyu brisket are popular brisket breeds. Their meat is pricey, but often worth it.

Make sure that there is at least some fat marbled with the brisket muscles for ideal results.

Try to pick a brisket with even thickness for even cooking.

How to Cut a Nose off Brisket?

If you want to separate the point from the flat, you can do that at home.

Just learn a few tips to cut the nose off your brisket!

Add some extra time into the prep time if you choose to cut it yourself.

However, the cooking process will become a bit shorter.

Place the brisket fat side down.

Then look for the line that separates the point from the flat.

It will be fatty and a different color.

Cut downwards through that fat layer.

Using your other hand, move the meat so you don’t cut too much.

Once the meat seems to be mostly separate, you can cut through the point. Then the two portions will be completely separate.

How to Cook a Nose off Brisket?

Below is a super quick guide to smoking a brisket nose. See the full resource to smoking a brisket point only.

Season it however you prefer. Salt and pepper are a classic option.

Choose your wood flavor. Hickory, oak, pecan, and mesquite are popular options for a brisket flat.

Cook it low and slow in the pellet smoker.

The cooking process may take hours of indirect heat, but it will be well worth it.

The brisket cooks best between 200°F-250°F. The important thing is that the internal temperature reaches 204°F.

To retain moisture, you may want to wrap the brisket in butcher paper or a double layer of foil.

Do this a couple of hours before it reaches the ideal internal meat temp.

Some people use a spray bottle to moisturize the brisket during cooking.

Barbecue sauce or a cup of beef broth may also keep the meat moist.

Let the cooked brisket rest for about an hour before slicing and serving.

Be sure to refrigerate any leftover brisket. Eat them within 3-5 days.

Leftovers are great in brisket sandwiches!

What is your favorite way to use leftover brisket?

Smoke On!


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