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Old 10-12-2007, 09:32 PM   #1
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Wrapping Brisket in Paper?

I picked up Extreme Barbecue the other day and there's a recipe in there that says you should wrap with Butchers Paper - NOT foil. Anyone have any experience with this?

Here's the recipe...

Most recipes for smoked meats require them to be wrapped in aluminum foil at some point during the cooking. This recipe calls for red butcher paper, which Bruce Schatte says is the secret to the moistness and flavor of his brisket - a cut of meat that is notoriously difficult to tenderize. (Light colored paper doesn't work as well, he says, because it reflects the heat off the meat.) "Foil seals the steam inside and boils the brisket, and it's like mush," says Bruce. "The paper breathes, and it doesn't trap all the hot steam and oil. It helps you not ruin a $25 to $30 piece of meat."

* 1/2 cup salt
* 1/4 cup freshly ground pepper
* 1/4 cup cayenne pepper
* 1/4 cup garlic powder
* 1 beef brisket - about 10 pounds

Build a fire in a smoker/grill for indirect heat. Maintain a temperature of 350 degrees.

Sprinkle the salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and garlic powder on both sides of the brisket. Sprinkle with just enough water to moisten the seasoning and run it into the meat.

Place the brisket, fat side up, in the smoker on the side opposite the coals. Cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the fat starts to bubble. Put on a thick pair or rubber gloves and turn the meat over. Cook for another 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is brown and sizzling.

Transfer the brisket to a 3-by-6 foot sheet of red butcher paper, placing it crosswise 1 1/2 feet from the short end of the paper. Wrap the end of the paper over the brisket and fold it tightly. Roll the brisket up in the paper, continuing to pull the paper tightly over it, and finish with the fat side up.

Place the wrapped brisket back in the smoker, again fat side up (This will allow the juice from the fat to spread throughout the rest of the meat) with the thick end of the brisket facing the coals. Cook for 5 more hours, allowing the temperature of the pit to gradually drop to 250 degrees as the fire get lower.

Remove the brisket when the meat is so tender it gives when you poke it with a finger. Unwrap the paper, cut the brisket into 1/4" thick slices (cut it against the grain, please!) and serve.

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Old 10-12-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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Interesting idea

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Old 10-13-2007, 04:27 AM   #3
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Makes sense to me and sounds pretty cool to boot! Thanks for sharing BQ!
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:03 AM   #4
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In Smokestack Lightning they talk about both brown paper grocery bags and I think butchers paper.

On the Xit ranch they talk about the grocery bags, I can't recall the section that has the mention of paper, it my be Kentucky or Tennessee or one of the Carolinas.
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:42 AM   #5
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Interesting, thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-13-2007, 07:04 AM   #6
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The guy we cooked next to at Franklin mentioned doing that with parchment paper..kind of the same concept...I need to give this a try
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:19 AM   #7
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Puff sent me this link a couple of days ago.

http://wildedtx.blogspot.com/2007/10/te ... isket.html
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:58 PM   #8
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I like the bag idea.Gonna have to give that a try....But Im a purist on my beef..Salt, pepper and garlic only
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I'll try anything to make my briskets better
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:26 PM   #10
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Cooking in paper bags has been a technique used for a long time, it was started by cooks using all wood for fuel (without preburn) because the meat was being over smoked.

The foil thing was called the Texas crutch for a reason and was done for the same reason as cooking in paperbags. They found you can speed up the cook using foil and now you see cooks doing 6 hour briskets.


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