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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Brisket size? Reply with quote

I went to sams club yesterday and looked at briskets. The largest one they had was 6.5 lbs. If I remember correctly, I read most look for brisket weight to be in the 9-11 lb range?

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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wrigley i dont know about your sam's but i picked one up the other day for $2.10 per pound and it was around 15 lbs. You may have to ask for them they may not desplay them in the case but have them in the cooler. 6.5 lbs sound like a flat to me what was the price on it the one i looked at were $3.45 i think i would just ask.
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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beer Can BBQ wrote:
Wrigley i dont know about your sam's but i picked one up the other day for $2.10 per pound and it was around 15 lbs. You may have to ask for them they may not desplay them in the case but have them in the cooler. 6.5 lbs sound like a flat to me what was the price on it the one i looked at were $3.45 i think i would just ask.


Thanks,

Forgive my ignorance. I thought there was only one kind of brisket and that was the FLAT?

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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah flats are going to run in that 6.5 range...if you are wanting a packer they will usually run in that 11-15 lb range. My Costco features a lot more trimmed flats....my Sams usually has a lot more packers. If you go to Sams and they don't have much of a variety of packers the guys are usually good to bring out 8-10 and let you pick through. Feel along the fat cap and try to find one with the least amount of hard fat....pick them up in the middle and look for it to have a nice bend to it....not too stiff.
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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.c.hawg wrote:
Yeah flats are going to run in that 6.5 range...if you are wanting a packer they will usually run in that 11-15 lb range. My Costco features a lot more trimmed flats....my Sams usually has a lot more packers. If you go to Sams and they don't have much of a variety of packers the guys are usually good to bring out 8-10 and let you pick through. Feel along the fat cap and try to find one with the least amount of hard fat....pick them up in the middle and look for it to have a nice bend to it....not too stiff.


Thanks,

Is there a general "smoking concensus" as to which one is preferred?

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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

i myself have found that a 10pounder for the most part turns out better for me than lets say a 14 ,, dont know why ,,, Rolling Eyes we try to stay with 9ta 10 pounders
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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wont even light the pit if it don't weigh minimum 10+ after trimming and mot are 13-15#. Go Big or stay Home!
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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

romex2121 wrote:
i myself have found that a 10pounder for the most part turns out better for me than lets say a 14 ,, dont know why ,,, Rolling Eyes we try to stay with 9ta 10 pounders


So you prefer "packers" to flats?

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PostPosted: Jul 27 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

T-T-T-T-T-T-TRIPLE post !

nice one.

i've been having a hard time getting a butcher to get me a full packer on a short notice, since no one cooks full briskets here apparently.

had to resort to week-advanced orders, so i'm now waiting on 2, 1 for a smoked brisket (my first!) and one for some fantastic smoked meat.

and am I crazy, or do they sell brisket at crazy prices here ? anywhere from 8.99 to 13.99$/kg ! WTF. how much do you guys pay for a single packer ? is 2$/pounds common ? so thats what, 4.4$/kg ? you guys are lucky.
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PostPosted: Jul 28 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never cook just a flat so yes Packers, actually I prefer the point to the flat as it has more flavor IMO but it is all good. Cook on sat and eat all week.
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PostPosted: Jul 28 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

i picked one up last weekend that was 6.39 pounds. THey had 3 other ones that were in the 9-11 pound range. But i had limited time to work with so i opted to go with the smaller one. Ive heard the bigger packers are more ideal but i thought mine turned out pretty good.
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k.c.hawg wrote:
Yeah flats are going to run in that 6.5 range...if you are wanting a packer they will usually run in that 11-15 lb range. My Costco features a lot more trimmed flats....my Sams usually has a lot more packers. If you go to Sams and they don't have much of a variety of packers the guys are usually good to bring out 8-10 and let you pick through. Feel along the fat cap and try to find one with the least amount of hard fat....pick them up in the middle and look for it to have a nice bend to it....not too stiff.


Thanks K.C. hawg, for giving wrigley that info, some people dont know how to pick out a good pice of meat. I like the bend test have never used it on briskets but i use it on bacon all the time.
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PostPosted: Jul 28 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say around the first 20 briskets I did were flats.....packers were so big and the fat cap looked so intimidating. Then around 15 years ago I was in a Kansas City BBQ joint watching the pit boss pull packers out of the cooker....it took him 30 seconds to remove the fat cap....less than 30 seconds to seperate the point from the flat.....and the brisket was oooooooozing juices. I went that afternoon and picked up a packer.....pulled an all nighter.... and have cooked nothing but packers since. If your cooker will handle a packer.....go for it....you'll likely never cook another flat.

Cooked packer:


Flat after seperating the point:


The point:


What I do with the point:

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PostPosted: Jul 28 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

SimonSmokes asked:

and am I crazy, or do they sell brisket at crazy prices here ? anywhere from 8.99 to 13.99$/kg ! WTF. how much do you guys pay for a single packer ? is 2$/pounds common ? so thats what, 4.4$/kg ? you guys are lucky.


$!.99 / Lb. for Choice grade whole chunk (packer)
when on sale~~~~>up to $3.49/ Lb. not on sale

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PostPosted: Jul 28 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

wrigley,
On the off chance you haven't figured it out by now, a
packer is both a flat and a point before seperation. That is
not to say you have to seperate them, just that most
probably are because of both the layer of fat between the
two, and the grain of the meat running differently.
I rarely seperate them out of laziness and being a weirdo.
I can really only suggest one thing as a good tip: IT IS
PERT NEAR ALWAYS WORTH IT TO CHOOSE THE CHOICE
OVER THE SELECT!! Getting what you pay for in the
brisket world really seems to only apply to choice or
above.
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PostPosted: Jul 28 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

wrigley wrote:
romex2121 wrote:
i myself have found that a 10pounder for the most part turns out better for me than lets say a 14 ,, dont know why ,,, Rolling Eyes we try to stay with 9ta 10 pounders


So you prefer "packers" to flats?

Mike

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PostPosted: Jul 30 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot comp bbq teams cook a packer and a flat. If you got a packer it gives you a little more margin for error.A flat can make some good bbq. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Jul 30 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

I look for minimum 15lb packers.
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Ken in Sack Tomato, CA, check out your local Smart and Final for whole packers at $1.99 to $2.29.

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PostPosted: Jul 30 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do they make a 6 lb brisket???? Must be one of those city cows Very Happy Very Happy


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