Monday, July 2, 2012

Rewind: Beef Brisket on the Big Green Egg

I haven't posted much this year, but I have an excuse.  Earlier this year I reconnected with some friends from, a Usenet group in which I was heavily involved in the early- to mid-1990s. They are now on Facebook -- RFC on Facebook -- so it is just SO easy to spend time there that the months just slip away.  I am a virtual Rip Van Winkle ...

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After a week of British pub food in London, my family was clamoring for some good ole American BBQ. I fired up the Big Green Egg, my favorite smoker in the world, and cooked us up some brisket and ribs. After 5 1/2 hours, we had some succulent, juicy brisket which I served with oven fries and gorgonzola salad.

It's nice to be home.

Below is my original post on how to smoke brisket on the Big Green Egg.  Enjoy!


Okay, I admit it.

I bought my husband a Big Green Egg for his birthday and then proceeded to cook on it a bunch of times before he got to use it.

It's not my fault he's had to travel so much for business, is it?

Today Mark came home from the grocery store with a beef brisket to try out on the Big Green Egg. My ten-year-old, Christina, showed him how to light the lumpwood charcoal and get it to a temperature of 250 degrees.

Meanwhile, I generously seasoned each side of the brisket with a BBQ spice rub, kosher salt, and pepper. You can let it sit overnight with seasoning or even brine it first and then season it.

But I didn't.

I just seasoned it and as soon as the grill was ready, we put it in to cook low and slow.

After about 5 hours, the brisket reached an internal temperature of 197, and we pulled it out and let it rest for about 20 minutes.

Boy, was this good. Moist and tender.

And we even forgot to throw some hickory chips in there to get some great smoky flavor. Next time.

I recommend checking out the blog, Bucky's BBQ and Bread -- Curt helped me out when I first got the Big Green Egg (oh I mean, when my husband got the Big Green Egg). His site is chock full of great BBQ and other delectable eats. Also, Another Pint Please has a brisket recipe using a brine and the site does a nice job of describing how to cook the brisket on a Weber kettle.

If you don't have a Big Green Egg, maybe now's the time to get one. It's da bomb.

1 Beef brisket
Penzey's BBQ 3000 or another spice rub
Kosher salt

Score the fat side of the brisket with a cross hatch pattern. Generously season the brisket on both sides with BBQ seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Heat the grill to 225-250 degrees. Cook brisket 4-5 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 195-200 degrees, turning it a couple times during the cooking process.

Take it off the grill, cover it with foil, and let rest about 15-20 minutes. Cut and serve with BBQ sauce.