BBQ Brisket Checklist

How To Smoke A Brisket: Step By Step Infographic

If you’re going to spend anywhere from 10 – 16 hours preparing and smoking a brisket it helps to know what you’re doing! This is one time where you can skip the recipe books. There’s a process you should follow to convert a 10 pound hunk of beef into beautiful smokey goodness. Brisket can be tough for beginners. From knowing what to look for when selecting the brisket, to trimming, smoking, wrapping and finally resting and slicing there’s a lot you need to know.

That’s where this simple checklist comes in handy. This guide will show you how to prepare traditional texas style brisket. This means a simple salt and pepper rub, smoke and plenty of time. If this is your first time cooking brisket your best bet is to follow the checklist as close as possible. But like everything with barbecue there’s plenty of ways to experiment.

Two Big Tips to help you smoke a perfect brisket:

  • Start early – Forget sleeping in. Getting an early start is important so you have plenty of time before you need to serve. Brisket can take anywhere from 10 – 18 hours to finish depending on size.

  • How to tell when it’s done – A good rule of thumb is to allow 1 hour and fifteen minutes per pound of meat, but this can very a lot between different briskets. Your best bet is to use a temperature probe and pull it off when it gets to 195° – 205°F.

Allow plenty of time to rest – After waiting for hours it’s tempting to start slicing right away. But it’s important to give the brisket plenty of time to relax. Wrap it in foil or butcher paper, then a towel and place in a cooler for 2 – 3 hours and then slice it just before you are ready to eat.

Smoked Brisket Infographic

Smoked Brisket Process and checklist InfoGraphic from Smoked BBQ Source

BBQ Snob Guide: Where to Eat Great BBQ

Famous Salt Lick BBQ Pit in Driftwood Texas

We are asked the question all the time, I am in “X” city, do you have a BBQ Map to the best BBQ Joint around here? Fortunately the world of BBQ is better off with Twitter’s @bbqsnob, aka Daniel Vaughn. Daniel Vaughn travels the world, and Texas, reviewing BBQ. He writes for the Texas Monthly BBQ Section and is the curator of the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Joints List. We have been following him for years. Daniel Vaughn brings the fairness and objectivity of a great food critic. He is less critical and so knowledgeable that reviews and write-ups bring the insight we enjoy.

Below is a link to all the places in the USA, South America and Europe which is growing daily. The official BBQ Snob BBQ Map is below. Share it with your friends, and reference it often.He has them even listed by “Been There”, “Closed” and “On the List”. We find that this BBQ Map is a great start for your research on where to go. It really is the ultimate go to BBQ Map when I am travelling and looking to eat great BBQ.

BBQ Snob BBQ Map

Here is our process for finding BBQ Joint using the BBQ Map

  1. Find a couple of locations on the map near you.
  2. Google each of them and make sure that they are open when you want to visit.
  3. Read the reviews, we like to read the 5 stars first and if people are raving about what is important to us, good food, people that sound like they know BBQ, that is a good sign.
  4. Take a look at the negative reviews, if they are filled with reviews about service, make sure that they are reasonable and you agree with the complaints or concerns.
  5. If all checks out, map it from your location or where you are, make sure that it is within range and that you will not be driving hours out of your way, unless that is the plan!
  6. Arrive early, either before lunch or right after depending on the BBQ Joint, really good BBQ places run out of food and the earlier you arrive, the better the selection.

Hope that you enjoy this list and it helps you create a personal BBQ Map of your own!

 

 

Review of Extech TM55 Instant Read Thermometer

EXTECH TM 55 Instant Read Thermometer

EXTECH TM 55 is lightweight, fits in your pocket and is quick on the temperature read.

BBQ Pro Shop was invited to review the Extech TM55 Instant Read Thermometer. We firmly believe that a high quality instant read thermometer is an essential tool for smoking BBQ or grilling in the backyard. Why? A good thermometer gives you the confidence that your food is done, or lets you know where it is in the process when smoking a brisket, turkey, pork shoulder or chicken. We are often lost when asked to grill a tenderloin or thick chicken breasts at a friends house who does not own a quality instant read meat thermometer. Finding a high quality, inexpensive instant read thermometer is not easy to do, but look no further!

The BBQ Pro Shop lab was issued a Extech TM55 Pocket Fold-Up Food Thermometer we were excited to see a product from a high quality brand. The Extech TM55 is an incredible value at a $35 price point, and we were not disappointed. We have been loyal to our Thermoworks Thermapen for a long time, but at almost 3X the price, it is difficult to recommend to friends and family who are in need of a high quality instant read meat thermometer. The Extech TM55 has excellent read time and is accurate within 1DegreeF/0.5DegreeC.

To test it, we were indirect cooking some pretty thick, bone in chicken breasts. About 30 minutes in, we poked them with the Extech TM55 and within 3 seconds, had a solid reading. Poked it again, got the same result, poked it a third time and obtained a quick and accurate reading! Most inexpensive thermometers slowly give you a reading and when that happens it lowers your confidence level. Speed is a really important part of a quality instant read thermometer.

We give the Extech TM55 a solid 5 Star rating, take a look at some of these features, and for less than $35 it is one of the best values out there. Click the link below and order yours from Amazon, ships free with Amazon Prime!

FEATURES

  • Measures from -40 to 482°F (-40 to 250°C) with 2.4 inch (61 millimeter) stainless steel probe (NSF certified).
  • Fast response time at < 5 seconds in moving liquid.
  • Large LCD display with 0.1° resolution.
  • Basic accuracy: ±1°F/0.5°C.
  • Auto power off (with disable) after 1 hour or when probe is placed in stored position.
  • Probe can be positioned from 0° (storage) to 180° angle.
  • Ultrasonically welded housing (waterproof IP65 rated) with anti-microbial additive.
  • Built-in magnetized strip attaches to refrigerator or smoker stand.
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack).
  • Dimensions: 4.6×1.5×0.8 inch (116 x 38 x 20 millimeter); Weight:1.5 ounce (41.2 gram).
  • Complete with CR2032 battery.

Duce Raymond’s Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce Win NBBQA Top Honors

The 2017 NBBQA Awards of Excellence competition judges BBQ Sauces and Rubs, one of the highest industry honors. BBQ Pro Shop follows the awards closely and are lucky enough to stock Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce!

Duce's Wild BBQ Sauce: DQ Glaze

Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce: DQ Glaze wins 1st Prize

Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce was honored by the National Barbecue & Grilling Association at their annual conference and BBQ bash in Forth Worth, Texas at the Stockyards. Duce Raymond, is an outstanding chef and BBQ Pitmaster from Chicago and launched Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce in many original flavors. Three of Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauces hold 2017 NBBQA Awards of Excellence titles.  Duce’s Wild DQ Glaze, is the first place winner of the tomato mild competition. Duce’s Wild DQ Glaze BBQ Sauce is a chef inspired finishing glaze and dipping sauce. We love it on Pork Chops, Chicken, Ribs and Salmon. We have been spreading the word about this sauce for a long time, so glad the judges at NBBQA agree!

 

Duce's Wild BBQ Sauce: Competition Sauce

Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce: Competition Sauce wins 2nd Place

The other winner, Duce’s Wild Competition Sauce took home 2nd place honors in the vinegar sauce category and is another huge winner as well. Our experience is that the Competition BBQ Sauce produces an amazing lacquer when used as a finishing sauce on meats. Try it on burgers, BBQ chicken and any type of pork, It is a blend of sweet and heat that is not to be missed. Duce’s Wild competition team has competed both KCBS and MBN Competitions, taking home top awards in both.

BBQ Pro Shop will carry Alabama White Gold Sauce which won a 2nd place award in the white sauce category. Congratulations to Duce Raymond owner of Duce’s Wild and his Uncle Dave Raymond, AKA Sweet Baby Ray.  We have known and followed Duce Raymond’s BBQ for many years and enjoyed all of his BBQ inspired culinary creations. BBQ Pro Shop is ready to ship to our great customers and fans of BBQ!

Best BBQ Gloves for Grilling, Smoking and Fire

Below we share with you our top picks for BBQ Gloves to help you handle meat, hot coals and protect your hands.

As the owner of BBQ Pro Shop, we often get asked a lot of questions about what we recommend and use ourselves. Many years ago, we made the switch to focus on finding the best BBQ Rubs, Grill Seasonings, Seasoned Salts and Sauces and stepped away from the world of BBQ gear. However, as an avid griller and smoker, we wanted to share with you the BBQ Gloves that have done us so right over the years!

  1. Tending Fires and Coals – When we started to use a chimney starter and deal with indirect cooking, we needed an all-purpose BBQ glove to help make sure we did not burn our hands when dumping coals, or setting grates onto the grill. We suggest buying welding gloves, you can buy them on Amazon or at your local Home Depot or Hardware store and they are perfect all-purpose gloves for grilling over hot coals as well. That way when they get soot and soiled, you will know to use them only for tending the flame.
  2. Pulling Pork and Handling Meat– For many years we have grilled or smoked our turkeys and handling those off the grill is never easy. That is why we wear Oil Shield, insulated NeoPrene BBQ gloves with 14″ sleeves. It allows for maximum comfort when handling a 20 LB turkey hot off the grill, as well as pork shoulders, and 18# briskets. Your hands and arms stay safe and they have a great grip on the meat as well. We often use BBQ Gloves to pull pork butts and shoulders as well remove bones.
  3. Rubbing or Seasoning Meat– We go to Costco and buy two packs of nitrile gloves which can be bought on Amazon or in most drug store chains. These are great all purpose BBQ Gloves for handling meat, applying rub, trimming and placing raw meat on the grill or smoker. They are disposable so helps avoid cross contamination on different meats. Love to use them when carving, serving or slicing, they add a layer of food safety and keep your hands from getting too greasy and smelling like whatever you touched last.

Below are some links to our favorite products on Amazon, with these three suggestion in your BBQ and Grilling toolbox, your hands will be safe and you can better enjoy what you do!