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smoking a brisket on top of piece of cardboard

 
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yukoff
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14 13 7:54 am    Post subject: smoking a brisket on top of piece of cardboard Reply with quote

Was watching some bbq show, can't remember the name of it, but it looks like it was hosted by the lady on team Diva BBQ, she was in Texas looking a eateries that serve brisket, one place opened up the lid of their smoker and there was about 15 or 20 brisket, each resting on a piece of cardboard.

Other than not to burn the bottom, which I can't imagine would happen at 225, anyone know a reason for doing it that way?

I could see myself doing that in my smoker, since I smoke at 250-275, and burning or overcooking the bottom happens quite a lot to me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14 13 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw that too. Not sure why they did it that way.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14 13 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw that as well it was on BBQ crawl. I thought it was planks. Pkerchef
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15 13 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She must have wanted that cheap bbq restaruant taste so many people are use to Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16 13 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was at Louie Mueller's BBQ in Taylor Texas. This place is one of the BBQ staples in the state. My only guess is they do that to keep the fat from dripping down onto the briskets below
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16 13 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can think of a few reasons why they make cook on cardboard.

Cardboard may absorb a lot of the grease and make cleanup easier for them.

Cardboard may protect the bark - IF they cook fat side up.

What djbutter22 said ^.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16 13 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the name of the restaurant! I sent them an email, if I get a response, I will post it here.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16 13 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont think it was cardboard...I thought it was wrapped and on top of wax paper or butchers paper?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17 13 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't remember that but I watched it all day till midnight there was a couple of techniques that made me go Confused
Like wrapping bbq in plastic wrap and placing it in the cooker.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17 13 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BriGreentea wrote:
I don't remember that but I watched it all day till midnight there was a couple of techniques that made me go Confused
Like wrapping bbq in plastic wrap and placing it in the cooker.

It works. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17 13 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BriGreentea wrote:
I don't remember that but I watched it all day till midnight there was a couple of techniques that made me go Confused
Like wrapping bbq in plastic wrap and placing it in the cooker.


A very heavy hitter in St. Louis does this. Ruined the brisket for me. Tasted like steamed meat to me
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17 13 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBQonICE wrote:
I dont think it was cardboard...I thought it was wrapped and on top of wax paper or butchers paper?


that is what Aaron Franklin does - wrap in butcher paper for last couple hours. I am actually looking forward to trying that method, as I'm not a fan of foil in general.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17 13 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a fan of butcher paper, just don't get the kind that has a waxy/smooth side.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18 13 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if it is cardboard it might be used on the back half of the cook to cut down on the semi-direct heat effect on the bottom of the brisket. JMHO..
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18 13 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonder if it had anything to do with the recent pit fire at Louie Muellers? Perhaps trying to mitigate grease in the bottom of their pit? Seems like the texture would be odd on the side in contact with the cardboard.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24 13 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isaw this as well on BBQ Crawl.

Tonight's episode of Man Fire Food showed how they use greasy butcher paper and grease-saturated corrugated cardboard for fire starting in their pits.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26 13 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to be in Austin in September. Franklin's place is on my stop list. I will try to see what he does and report back.
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