BBQ Brisket Christmas Dinner
I had a friend visiting for Christmas that loves BBQ brisket so it was easy to figure what to make for dinner December 25th 2021. Here is how I cooked it.
This was a small flat brisket cut. It was about 3 1/2 pounds.
I rubbed on some “blue label” original Susie Q’s Santa Maria Seasoning in the morning. You can put the rub on the night before. I just started using this rub over the summer and it is really good.
Mesquite is good for beef! It is charcoal not wood so it gives off heat but not so much smoke.
For the smoke I used Western Wood Hickory BBQ smoking chips that got about a 1 hour soak in water.
The rub, mesquite, hickory, and later sauce all combined for a great mix of flavors.
The fire got nice and hot. The wood chips were drained then placed on top of the charcoal in my Big Green Egg. I closed off the vents to cool it down to 225 - 250 degrees.
A Big Green Egg "convEGGtor" went inside the egg first. That provides indirect heat for proper low and slow BBQ cooking. I put a pan of water on top of the convEGGtor to keep things moist. Then a grate and then the brisket.
Things were now setup for an all day cook and dinner would be ready about 7pm.
About every 30 minutes I would check on the temperature of the BBQ. It stayed pretty stable. I didn't open it up.
About 5 hours after the brisket went in I started to check the temperature and when it got to 165 I wrapped it tightly in foil using a method called the Texas Crutch.
I left it wrapped for a few hours and when it got to 200 degrees it came off the BBQ and went into a warm oven to rest.
I would have liked it to rest more - say a few hours - but I had only 1 hour until dinner.
The kitchen smelled so good everyone was looking forward to their Christmas BBQ.
If you can wait at least a few hours the brisket will just get more and more tender. Since I didn't have the time I sliced it thin and it came out really tasty. Everyone wanted seconds!
For a sauce I used a combination of G Hughes Hickory Sugar Free BBQ Sauce mixed with a little something to add some heat. It turned out great and those slices of BBQ brisket had a ton of flavor.