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Offline Ka Honu

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Two-stage brisket?
« on: June 30, 2013, 10:17:19 AM »
A friend asked me a question yesterday and I still haven't come up with a decent answer.

Can you cook a brisket in two stages?  He wanted to know if he could either hot- or cold-smoke a packer for 4-5 hours and then refrigerate it for a day or so before finishing it in the oven.  I didn't immediately have a reason to say you can't but never really considered it before so I told to let me think about it for a day or so.

Anyone have experience, comments, opinions, or suggestions before I get back to him?

Thanks.

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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2013, 10:28:47 AM »
not sure on cold smoke as 4-5 hrs it would be in the danger zone so that could be pushing it.
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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013, 11:08:23 AM »
A 4-5 hour hot smoke then chill in foil in fridge? I think you could do it. No different than cooking to 185 cooling and reheating 2 days later. Cept yourreheatingfor a longer time.
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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2013, 10:20:51 PM »
Okay, I'll try it myself to see how it works...

Injected a trimmed packer with my secret brisket sauce and treated it with my super secret reptilian brisket rub.  Put it on mesquite for 4 hours...



Note the use of the (patent pending) "Pachanga Hump."  Now foiled in the fridge to be finished (in the oven) on Tuesday.

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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013, 07:21:56 AM »
Looking forward to the results, this may help me on an upcoming Thanksgiving camping and mule riding trip.

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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2013, 08:25:40 AM »
cant wait for the results

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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013, 07:53:05 PM »
After eight hours in a 250o oven to 185o IT. Looks good so far (For you unbelievers, note that the hump flattened out just like mi  consejero y amigo sabio Pachanga tells us).



Time for a couple of hours FTC before final evaluation. 

I'm liking the flexibility of the "par cook" - I can break the cook up into parts that fit my schedule without having to do an all-nighter.  It also gave me some added flexibility - while the brisket was in the oven, I had cheese running on the smoker (about 15 pounds of XS Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Swiss, Gouda, and Havarti). 



If the money shot and taste test work out, this may be a method worth adopting on a regular basis.  I'll be back with a final report in a few hours.


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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2013, 09:46:32 PM »
Alrighty - we're done here.



Will slice part of the flat for dinner and then store the rest until I decide whether to separate the point for chili or burnt ends or keep it for slicing with the underlying flat portion.



Verdict:  Tasty, tender, almost (but not quite) a tiny bit dry but there's a whole bowl of defatted drippings to remedy that.

I'd do it again.

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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2013, 01:42:25 AM »
You method seemed to work very well. I generally cook my brisket in two stages; Brisket with Onion Suace. If I don't want the onion sauce, I may use just beef broth, or other sauce. I once used a Lipton Onion soup mix that worked fairly well.


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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2013, 07:37:48 AM »
After the photos SWMBO reminded me we had caramelized onions in the freezer so we pulled some out and added them to the drippings.  Excellent sauce for the sliced flat!

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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2013, 12:09:50 PM »
Looks good, and the sauce sounds good.
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Re: Two-stage brisket?
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2013, 01:20:17 PM »
Looks great!  Glad to see it worked out for you.  I'm gonna use your method, if you don't mind, as I don't like the overnighters either!