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#6309008 - 05/23/16 08:52 PM How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket?
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Any tips or tricks?

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#6309321 - 05/24/16 08:35 AM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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Trim very aggresively, 1/4 inch or less. Don't slather oil on it before you season like some recommend, smoke won't penetrate. Start off fat side down, smoke at least 4 hours before wrapping, if you wrap, no wrap=better bark but may dry out a lesser brisket. If you wrap use single layer butcher paper, not foil.
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#6309458 - 05/24/16 10:00 AM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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Salt and pepper only. Oak wood. Like Tres said, get it trimmed right. Dont go crazy with the fat cap, just make sure you have about 1/4" over the flat and 1/4" or less over the point. Have the fatty end facing the hotter part of your pit. I always have an awesome bark on my PP and brisket. I never put oil on my brisket but I do put a little on my pork butts before seasoning.

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#6309521 - 05/24/16 10:52 AM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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Lightly trim, like others said make sure to keep plenty on the flat, I really just try to remove large chunks if they are present.

I season with kosher salt and something between fine ground and course black pepper, not sure what grind it is.

I have always cooked fat side up and point towards the heat source. If cooking over direct heat then fat side down. The real trick is temperature control, 225-250 is what I shoot for, but it never fails I'm always doing something else and I usually will get a little too hot.
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#6309533 - 05/24/16 10:59 AM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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Temp control is definitely the trick. I built a PID controller for my big pit for about 75 bucks. It helps a ton. Wired to two powerful computer fans that are mounted to the sides of my firebox and a temp probe goes in the cooking chamber. I got the settings dialed in right and now it'll hold within about 3 degrees of my set temp. All I have to do is add a split every 2 hrs and it does the rest for me.

Also, check out the Aaron Franklin brisket video on YouTube. He shows you how to properly trim a brisket and he obviously knows his stuff. I watch his videos and use his recipes with fantastic results.


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#6309539 - 05/24/16 11:02 AM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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I brush the brisket with chipotle puree and add my rib made from dark brown sugar and coarse SPG. Keep the smoker under 200. I use pecan or hickory and finish with mesquite.
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#6309842 - 05/24/16 03:04 PM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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Someone got on here and wrote that the smoke ring was overrated and not necessary for a good brisket.
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#6309852 - 05/24/16 03:13 PM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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That's true I believe, but the smoke ring is very nice to see on a slice.

This one was really good and did not have much of a smoke ring.

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#6309895 - 05/24/16 03:45 PM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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put it in the smoker cold right out of the fridge.
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#6310095 - 05/24/16 06:02 PM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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Trum well for the bark. Enhance smoke ring by using green wood for smoking and or using a meat tenderiser as well
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#6310099 - 05/24/16 06:04 PM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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The pros use something to enhance the smoke ring. Can't recall.
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#6310459 - 05/24/16 11:08 PM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: BuckRage]
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Originally Posted By: BuckRage
put it in the smoker cold right out of the fridge.


This too, cold meat will take on more smoke. Brining will also enhance the smoke ring. Not sure about the green wood but I would never smoke anything with it.
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#6310460 - 05/24/16 11:09 PM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Trum well for the bark. Enhance smoke ring by using green wood for smoking and or using a meat tenderiser as well


What is trum well? I googled it and it came up Trump wall roflmao
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#6310479 - 05/24/16 11:51 PM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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#6310588 - 05/25/16 07:51 AM Re: How to get a good smoke ring and bark on brisket? [Re: Brother in-law]
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I think it might be phosphate that some of the competition guys use for the crazy smoke ring.

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