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Brisket and Salmon in Texas

I’m back in Texas! And Sarah’s living here for the first time. She had only visited, previously. I’ve already taken her to a local BBQ place that was great, she tried the brisket as did I. Her standards are set high! I’m pretty confident about how this first Texas brisket will turn out though so I’m not worried 😉 I picked up a 15.65 lbs brisket, $2.98 per pound from Sam’s.…

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Quarantine Brisket

Well - the world is on lockdown - it’s COVID-19 time. We don’t have any toilet paper at the store, but there’s plenty of meat. Don’t ask me why there’s such a disparity - I guess folks are stocking up on other things…

The shelves at Broulim's - a few bags of all purpose flour remain, and a ton of large 25 lb bags remain on the bottom shelf.

Not much left…

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Brisket! Sourdough!

15.5 pound brisket, $3.78 per pound, Sam’s in Idaho Falls, 4 Tbsp salt, 4 Tbsp pepper, 2 Tbsp garlic powder. Gonna put them on at 225℉ to start. 1810, 9 Nov: brisket on the smoker. 1830: sourdough is fermenting. 2200: flat is at 160℉, point at 142℉. 0210, 10 Nov: flat is 166℉, point 164℉. Crutched it! 0730: flat is 186℉, point 187℉. Turned temperature up to 250℉. 0845: put the rest of the ingredients in the bread.…

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Brisket and Salmon Again

I ran out of brisket too quickly last time… It makes a fantastic sandwich with Philly Cream Cheese (strangely enough). Then I eat a bunch of salmon on bagels, with Philly Cream Cheese… The discovery that it’s the right cheese for both sandwiches has made shopping easier. The brisket is 15.5 lbs, $2.99 per pound. Salmon is 6 lbs, didn’t get the price before tossing the package. We have to move in July and I hope I can keep up this hobby at the next stop in life.…

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Brisket and Salmon!

Just got married, just got honeymooned, just got back to work… Time for some food! 17 lbs brisket, $61, 6 lbs salmon $9 per pound. Using the same recipe as usual. 2120: Brisket went on the smoker. 4.5 Tbsp salt, 4.5 Tbsp pepper, 2.25 Tbsp garlic powder. 2200: Fish is brining. 0530: Brisket at 165 and 166. Crutched it, and turned temperature up to 250. Also, moved fish to drying.…

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Brisket Numero Quatro

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Well, there’s the possibility that the brisket I did last weekend won’t be enough meat… And there’s the fact that I can get another one done in time… So I’m making another brisket! We’ll just try for a repeat performance… 14.1 lbs of brisket at $3.99 a pound… 1045, 21 Jul: Brisket went on, fat cap up, 225℉. I should check the temperature after 8 hours, at 0645. 0900, 22 Jul: The flat passed 166℉ a couple hours ago, but the point was only at 162℉.…

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Brisket Numero Tres

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It’s time to make the brisket for our Maryland wedding party! I’m pumped. Goals this time - turn up the temperature to 250℉ earlier, or put it in the oven for a long time. I don’t want to go more than 24 hours, I can’t go for nearly that long… Cut off less fat than last time. Keep the fat cap on top… The slab of meat I got was a full brisket, point and flat, 14.…

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Brisket and Salmon

It’s a Saturday and I don’t have a ton of stuff to do, and we’re out of Salmon! A terrible problem with one clear solution. It’s time to smoke more meat. We’ve eaten almost all of the chicken and pork now, so I can feel good doing another brisket. Actually, I’ve been excited for the last two weeks to do another brisket. Ok, I’ve been excited since the last time I did one, but in the last two weeks the excitement has come to a head.…

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Second Smoking - Brisket and Salmon

Some notes from the second time I busted-out the smoker - I made brisket and salmon. The brisket recipe is based on https://heygrillhey.com/recipe/texas-style-smoked-beef-brisket/, and the salmon recipe is the one I normally make. I used a 16.5 lbs brisket from Costco, $2.99 per pound. Turned on the smoker to 225, added hickory wood chips. Trimmed 1-2 lbs fat off, took just over half an hour to trim. Sliced it in half so it would fit in the smoker.…

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