Brisket Day: A BBQ Odyssey
In true blogging fashion, I am now bringing to you a chronicle of my day of the brisket. I will be updating this post throughout my experience, so don't forget to check in with MIA during your Memorial Day celebrations to see how I'm doing. Some background information that you need to know is this: I have never cooked brisket before from scratch. Yes, while I do consider myself a damn good griller and an excellent barbeque-ist, I have never cooked a brisket before. I'll admit that I was afraid. It's such a huge piece of meat, and an expensive one at that. To ruin a brisket would be to waste money and time, and it would a terrible shame.
So naturally, I've been a bit afraid. One other reason is that brisket is a big deal in Texas barbeque. If you're in Texas and you're eating barbeque, then you're eating brisket. Maybe the occaisional rib or chicken to cleanse the palette, but brisket is king where beef is king. Texas.
Brisket Day Log || minus 7 hours
I took extra care to be very sanitary when doing this preparation. I laid out paper towels on the island so that clean up with be easy, and there wouldn't be any drips. This brisket came in a plastic vacuum-sealed pack. I laid the edge of the pack on the side of the sink, cut the end of the plastic and let the blood drain in the sink. When it was done, I moved the pack to the island, cut a slit down the long axis of the plastic container and pulled out the meat. Finally, I pat it dry with paper towels.
Brisket Day Log || minus 6 hours 45 min.
Since I don't have a vessel large enough to hold this in the fridge, I cleaned the vac-pack out with hot soapy water and then dried it. The briset was then put back into the vac-pack and wrapped in two layers of foil. Into the fridge it goes until about 4:30 tomorrow morning. I'll be up at the butt-crack of dawn smoking a brisket tomorrow. How 'bout you?
Brisket Day Log || minus 1 hours
Brisket Day Log || 0 hours 0 min.
Brisket Day Log || plus 5 hours 33 min.
Brisket Day Log || plus 7 hours
Brisket Day Log || plus 8 hours 30 minutes
Thanks to everyone for leaving such nice comments. I got a mention from Brian over at The BBQ Guy, and plenty of nice emails. It was truly a fun experience, even if it did leave completely exhausted and near passing out around 4:00 pm. The whole thing went off without a hitch, and it turned out perfect.
I have made it to the top of my Everest, and I look forward to repeat excursions.