In many parts of the country, beef brisketis BBQ. Indelibly tough and bland when cooked with conventional methods, brisket magically transforms, after a long bath in smoke, into a melt-in-your mouth, sweet, savory, smoky treat. Starting with a full 10-12 pound brisket (called a "Packer.") A “packer” brisket is made up of two parts, the flat, and the point. The "flat" runs the whole length of the brisket (slice this against the grain and serve as brisket) while the "point" is a cap that sits on top of one end. (It's this cap or "point" you want to use for your burnt ends, more on that later...)
1/4 cup sea salt
1/4 cup Hickory salt
1/3 cup coarse black pepper
1/3 cup granulated garlic
First, mix all of the rub ingredients together in a shaker bottle with large holes. One hour before smoking, pat the brisket dry, and set in on a sheet of butcher paper in a rimmed baking dish. Next, trim off as much of the hard, external fat as you can, until only about 1/4 inch remains. Next, coat both…
4 Rules for Becoming a Pit-Master Chef Perry Perkins
PitMaster: One in charge of the pit. Someone who, not only has mastered the techniques to create great BBQ, but is proficient in using a variety of pits, or grill to do so.
While there's no one single accepted definition of the title, "Pit Master" (in fact, they vary wildly), I like the one above. I see someone who has "mastered" the pit, as being able to produce delicious BBQ with any number of meats, and a variety of equipment. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Here are four things that I think anyone needs, to achieve the title. 1. Practice Practice Practice!It can't be said enough (though I'll stop at three times), like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get.Chose the cut of meat you want to perfect, then keep working on it until you're doing it the best it can be done. I recommend starting with pork shoulders (the most forgiving) and working your way up to smaller, thinner cuts.Experiment with varied cook…
Humans have been eating beef since prehistoric times and for good reason. Pound for pound, beef is one of the best sources of high-quality protein and nutrients. It’s also the third most widely-eaten meat in the world, accounting for about 25% of modern meat production, after pork and poultry. I love beef. It’s such a straightforward and simple food to cook. Though you can get fancy with it, if you want to, all you really need is a little salt and heat to create one of the most delicious foods on the planet. Loaded with health-promoting amino acids, and it’s one of the single biggest sources of protein in the human diet. How much to serve:I recommend 8oz (½ lb) per “average” person, or ¾ lb (12 oz) for big and lovers of leftovers. Some Definitions: Grass-Fed “Grass-fed” beef refers to cattle that were allowed to graze for their own fresh forage, possibly supplemented with some alfalfa during the winter, providing the closest approximation to the animal’s natural diet. Grains, which are much…
In BBQ, sauces are used to flavor, marinade, glaze, and as a condiment or topping for grilled and smoked meats, especially ribs and chicken. History places the origin of BBQ sauce to the first American colonies of the 17th century and can be found in recipes and cookbooks (both English and French) over the following two centuries. Much like chili in Texas, these sauces were less about gourmet ambitions and more about masking the often off-putting odors and flavors of “aged” meat in a pre-refrigeration society. The origins of these sauces isn’t particularly complicated, take the traditional tastes and flavors of the predominant immigrant population, add in the most similar ingredients that could be found locally, and mix with some good old American ingenuity, and you have the roots of a tradition that has only grown stronger and more popular over the last two centuries. South Carolina mustard sauce, for example, can be traced to that region’s German settlers of the early 18th century. …
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