The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke

BARE NAKED BRISKET

  Date: August 03, 2012
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For my first low and slow cook on my new Big Green Egg (BGE) I wanted to do brisket. Let me assure everyone that the naked part of the recipe refers to the brisket, not the cook. The brisket is not wrapped in foil at any time during the cook. It had been a long time since I made a brisket and this recipe from Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book looked tasty and was a simple cook. I was looking for something where the lid stayed down as much as possible. I wanted to see how steady the Egg was over a long period of time. When I got to the supermarket, I found the "biggest" brisket I could buy was a 2 pound piece that was half of a flat. I decide to try it because I figured a small piece would cook faster and might come in handy in the future if I was pressed for time. To my great surprise the brisket took 7 hours, not the 5 hours I expected. The BGE was rock steady the whole time. In fact during the entire cook I never saw more than a 5 degree variation. This bodes well for future overnight cooks and me getting some real sleep vs. cat naps. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story and I will mention the end results here. The brisket turned out very tasty, and in fact was the spiciest brisket I've made to date. It had a nice smoke ring and a nice smoke flavor from the hickory chunks i used. The only negative was this brisket was not as moist as many I've smoked. It could be this specific piece of meat, but I think it was the small size. Any brisket I've made is not real moist until you cut in a couple slices and reach the middle. This particular piece had very little middle. Bottom line: the BGE is GREAT for long low and slow and I plant to try this recipe again with a bigger piece of meat.
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Big Bob Gibsons BBQ Book

Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book:

Bare Naked Brisket - Page 91
Grill:
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Big Green Egg

Smoked:

Using the Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker
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  • BGE Plate Setter (Legs Up)
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