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Does Size Matter?

Post  Flapperoon on Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:16 pm

Hi all,

I have recently smoked a 7lb brisket with great success over around 10 hours. Is there a limit to how small a brisket I could hot smoke? I just happen to have a 1.5 lb brisket in the freezer - is this too small?

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Post  Flapperoon on Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:09 pm

No responses - general consensus on the net is that 1.5 lbs is too small - sod it - I will give it a go - I will give an update after this Sunday as to how it goes and whether I end up with a lump of dried out beef or a block of sexy moist nectar!

I propose to smoke for the first hour at around 200 F and then wrap in foil at 200 - 225 F and see how it goes.

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Post  Flapperoon on Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:13 pm

Put my 1.5lbs brisket on the smoker at around 12.30pm thinking it would only take around 2.5 hours based on the 1.5 hrs per pound. I used a wet rub and decided to cook as low as I could. 200F - 215 F was maintained throughout the cook. The temp plateaued at 150 F (the notorious stall) after c. 2 hours. After 3 hours I was getting concerned that the meat was drying out - I therefore wrapped the meat in foil to get around the stall i.e. stop evaporation. Within 15 -30 minutes the meat began to rise in temp. After around 4.30 hours 190 F was achieved. I let the brisket stand in the foil for around 30 mins. The result........not too bad. The brisket was not dry. Not as moist as the 7lb brisket I smoked the previous week, but all the same edible and not the write of I though it might be.

Lesson learned - I can smoke a small brisket but next time I will smoke until it gets to the stall and then immediately wrap in foil to get the internal temp up. Once the temp is up I may put back on the grill without the foil to get the bark more pronounced.

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