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2013/08/03 14:39:58 (permalink)

EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby

Well, it turns out we have a new member in the extended family. Madelynn Grace was born yesterday (Thursday) to David and Lauren, Kathi's son and DIL. She's going home today so I decided to make a brisket, beans, and pick up sides so when they got home there would be food for all the guests coming to see the new baby.
 
First of all, a little glass for the cook. 
 
Although Hamish had his own ideas of what he wanted to drink.
 

 
 
Back from the market at 8PM and putting the rub on the brisket. Cayenne, coffee, pepper, sea salt, cumin, paprika and other secret ingredients.
 

 
My Traeger smoker, loaded with red oak and ready to go.
 

 
The brisket ready to go and starting to smoke.

 
Watching the temp on the Maverick remote thermometer. At this hour it is mesmerizing!

 
Four and a half hours in, at 146 degrees internal temp.

 
The smoker had been running at 210 degrees. Now, after 5 hours, I changed it to 225 degrees.
Gave it a little spritz of beer, worchestershire, apple juice and cider vinegar. Can't believe it's 2AM and I am still up! Hamish has passed out---why can't dogs stay up when you want them to? After the spritz....starting to get a nice color........

 
In the meantime, it's 2:20AM----should I really be cooking now? I'm setting the thermometer to go off at 160 degrees and taking a nap....I hope.....
 
Fell asleep, it's 9:14AM and the brisket temp is 187F. Going to take it off and wrap it at 200F. Took Hamish for his walk, made a cup of STRONG espresso, and started making my Texas beans in the crockpot. Bush's Baked Beans, some maple syrup and molasses, a chopped onion, a chopped red bell pepper, a yellow banana pepper to start. White pepper, cumin and chili powder too. When I pull the brisket, I will smoke 6 pieces of thick applewood bacon to add to it. Here's the brisket at 9:36AM.

 
Here's the beans cooking.

 
Brisket's now at 192F at 10:05AM. Another sunny day in SoCal. Getting close! I did get a few hours of sleep but I now understand what the BBQ Championship competitors go through. Dean Olson, my hat's off to you!
 
OK, now I'm getting in the mood. I turned on my Texas Blues station that I created on Pandora. Smokestack Lightning, you'd love it. I'll try and send you the link. Blind Boy Fuller playing now.
 
Brisket temp is 194.5 degrees. 5 degrees to go. Lightnin' Hopkins playing on the station now. Can't believe I started cooking at 9PM last night and that I'm almost done. I've got foil, towels and a cooler to wrap and keep the brisket warm. Beans are cooking. All I have left to do is make the au jus. It will just be beef broth, a little granulated garlic and onion powders---very simple but it will work to dip the fresh baked French rolls I ordered last night at the market. They called and they're ready for pick up.
 
Put the thick sliced applewood smoked bacon on the smoker for the beans. Mmmmm, everything goes better with bacon!
 
I should write a song "New Baby Brisket Blues". Catchy, huh?
 
I've pulled the brisket out at 196 degrees F. Looks the same as the picture above. Next post will be after it's sliced.  and 11:39AM. Off to Madelynn's homecoming!
 
 
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    lleechef
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 14:50:19 (permalink)
    Ed
    That's a hell of a lot better than what the Royals did for their new baby!!   But you really should have made "Bushie's beans"!!!!   It all looks wonderful and I'm sure it was a delicious meal! 
    post edited by lleechef - 2013/08/03 14:51:33
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 14:55:35 (permalink)
    lleechef

    Ed
    That's a hell of a lot better than what the Royals did for their new baby!!   But you really should have made "Bushie's beans"!!!!   It all looks wonderful and I'm sure it was a delicious meal! 

     
    We'll see! Getting ready to load up the car. Potato salad, cole slaw and potato chips too. I never knew about "Bushie's beans" but I bet he made good ones. These are pretty tasty, though!
    I'm outta here. On the road again.....
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 15:01:14 (permalink)
    Have fun and take lots of pictures!
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 15:21:07 (permalink)
    Really nice post! Congrats, and please post the serving pix.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 15:21:22 (permalink)
    Wonderful way to celebrate!! Congrats on the new addition!!
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 15:51:30 (permalink)
    What a labor of love, and it looks wonderful!
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 15:52:23 (permalink)
    Ed - I hate to inform you of this fact but new babies dont have teef yet so they cant eat brisket!  I hope to high heavens you arent going to puree that wonderful chunk of meat so that the baby can enjoy!
     

     
    Oh BTW Congrats, I will be expecting a Cubano on our next meeting! and not a fake one either, a real one rolled on the inner thigh of.... nevermind!
    post edited by CajunKing - 2013/08/03 15:54:16
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 17:11:24 (permalink)
    Mozel Tov on the new addition!
     
    (Donald... good to see you!)
     
    I see that you're really enjoying the Traeger. 
     
    I want one so bad!
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 17:35:30 (permalink)
    Aren't you stuck using their pellets?
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 18:09:16 (permalink)
    With Traeger you can use any food grade pellet brand.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 18:14:52 (permalink)
    Oh, I didn't know there were such things, other than the ones sold by Traeger.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 18:23:48 (permalink)
    Ed Sails:  Congrats on the new addition.  I certainly enjoyed your pics and style.  Nothing like starting the event with a glass of Bullit.  Too bad the dog could not keep pace with you.  I hope the brisket turns out nice and tender.  Looks like you did it by the book.  I have always been afraid of trying that cut.  I was always afraid it would turn out like jerky and tough.
     
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 19:03:05 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman
    Oh, I didn't know there were such things, other than the ones sold by Traeger.

    The Bradley's are the ones that you need to use their pellets. Their pellets are pressed into the shape of a Hockey Puck to fit into their feeder.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 20:17:25 (permalink)
    Congrats, Ed! Celebrating with food( and a libation or two) is the way to go. I am sure the new parents will appreiciate all you do. By the way, love the pic of your puppy.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 21:49:12 (permalink)
    Well, my day is over. The brisket was successful, although I think it could have been a little juicier. Nice smoke ring though. I had read a lot of people said not to foil wrap it for part of the time so I didn't, but I think I will next time to keep it juicier. Guests had it on fresh baked French rolls, either dipped in beef au jus or with barbecue sauce and fresh onion on top.
     

     

     
    It was tender though and could be cut with a plastic fork. Everyone liked it. Especially the happy couple and the guest of honor!

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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 21:53:14 (permalink)
    Glad to see you're up and around again, Don!
     
    There was a sign on an old, long gone BBQ joint called Mr. Jim's, right across from the L.A. Coliseum. It said, "You don't need teeth to eat Mr. Jim's beef".
     
    The new father said he'd puree it for his daughter. RIGHT........
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 21:55:23 (permalink)
    Michael,
    Actually, there are several companies that make better pellets now. One that is mainly in your neck of the woods
    is called Lumberjack. I found a company called Q Pellets that has a local distributor and that's what I use. They actually have the red oak pellets used for Santa Maria Barbecue. That's what I used for this. they are much better than the Traeger pellets.
    post edited by EdSails - 2013/08/03 21:58:18
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 22:09:54 (permalink)
    CajunKing

    Ed -
     Oh BTW Congrats, I will be expecting a Cubano on our next meeting! and not a fake one either, a real one rolled on the inner thigh of.... nevermind!

    Will this work?

     

     
    Authentico. I'll save one for you, Don, for when we get together.
     
     
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 22:12:11 (permalink)
    And thanks everyone for the congratulations!

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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/03 23:17:22 (permalink)
    I'd like to add my congratulations as well on the new family member. Or, as we say, Mazel Tov!
     
    Also, kudos to your choice of whisky, your brisket, and, your choice of Penzeys brand chili powder.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/04 01:02:43 (permalink)
    Congrats Ed.Wonderful food gift.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/04 12:21:43 (permalink)
    Nicely done on all counts, Mr. Ed.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/04 12:33:11 (permalink)
    It looks good enough to eat, Ed.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/04 14:16:06 (permalink)
    Thanks for the brisket compliments. Everyone seemed to like it. My favorite way to eat it was dipping the rolls in the au jus. Sort of like Phillipe's meets Salt Lick. 
     

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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/04 14:26:15 (permalink)
    That's a mighty fine lookin' brisket Ed.  Good job!!! 
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/04 14:55:10 (permalink)
    Congratulations on everything, Ed!  How much did the raw brisket weigh?
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/04 14:58:30 (permalink)
    Congrats!
     
    Yum. That brisket looks amazing!
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/04 18:12:58 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken

    Congratulations on everything, Ed!  How much did the raw brisket weigh?

     
    According to the picture with the stork sign, the baby weighed 7LB-1oz. I'll bet the brisket weighed pretty close to that. But no matter how tender the brisket was, I'll bet the baby was even more tender.
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    Re:EdSails Celebrates and cooks a brisket for a new baby 2013/08/05 02:16:09 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken

    Congratulations on everything, Ed!  How much did the raw brisket weigh?

     
    7.2 pounds. All of it a flat.
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