Stick around and you’ll hear a LOT more about my smoker. I’ll try not to get started raving now because I won’t stop. It’s my current (un)healthy obsession (depending on how you look at it). For now, let’s take a look at a nice slow smoked brisket flat.
I’ve loved everything that’s come off my smoker so far, but my absolute favorite is always brisket. I swear, brisket is made to be smoked. The low and slow cook time breaks down the connective tissues until it’s basically delicious butter, and this flavorful cut pairs perfectly with a bit of smoke (overpowering for some cuts, but rest assured, not brisket, no way, no how, never).
This is a really simple recipe for a brisket flat (it’s the less fatty portion of the brisket, and you’ll often find it just labeled “brisket” in the store – but ask your butcher if you’re not sure). All you need to do is rub the brisket down, and smoke it. I’ll be posting some rubs and sauce recipes down the line, but for now, you can use your favorite recipes or pick some up at the store.
Make sure to read all the ingredients before purchasing a pre-made rub, since many of them have ingredients that don’t belong in there (and more importantly, they don’t belong in your body). Here’s a couple that I’ve been very happy with, and as of this posting, the ingredients are solid (heads up: these are affiliate links) –
- Weber Roasted Garlic & Herb – A straightforward rub with just enough complexity and a good blend of savory flavors, my current favorite store-bought mix
- Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb – This is a more complex rub with some citrus flavor, very tasty
- Slap Ya Mamma Original Blend – A simple rub done right, cajun-style rubs like this one are great if you’re looking to add some heat and some flavor
So grab some brisket, rub it down, and smoke it. Then come back soon and tell me what you thought.