Monday, March 11, 2013

Smoke and More Smoke

Ever wanted to smoke a nice piece of pork butt or brisket but was too lazy and/or don't have any money (like myself) to go out and buy a smoker?  I have a solution that should satisfy your craving for smoke!  In your charcoal grill (preferably one with a attached thermometer), light about ten briquettes and set them off to one side of the grill.  Then set a aluminum pan with about one cup water over the briquettes.  Once the temperature gets to about 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit you can set a handful of soaked wood chips on the briquettes and start smoking!  Remember to add briquettes and wood chips when needed.

I smoked a 6.5 lb brisket for just about 9 hours at about 200 degrees.  This is the rub recipe I used the night before and let the meat dry marinade it overnight:

3 tablespoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarse black pepper
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin

*I like pepper, so feel free to use less pepper

Be sure when the brisket reaches an internal temp of at least 130.  Let it sit for about 30 minutes to let the juices transfer throughout the entire piece of meat.  When cutting brisket, cut against the grain and as thin as possible.  Then enjoy the delicious taste of smoke and beef!

Of course I didn't just sit around for 9 hours and wait for the beef to be done.  I drank beer!  And the perfect beer to drink while smoking is Boulevard Brewery's Smoke Stack Series Double-Wide IPA.  This 750 mL bottle has been sitting in my fridge for about one year.  Luckily this beer has a ABV of almost 9%, so it is able to last even longer if needed (and it would slightly change the flavor).  It's a really good IPA with a slight sweetness and an aggressive hoppiness to it.  They use 5 different types of hops in this beer!  I also love the red-amber color this beer has also.  Very good looking beer.  This is a year-round beer for Boulevard so go grab one at your nearest grocery store.

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