I smoked a 5.47lbs brisket along w/ 3 slabs of ribs a few weekends ago. The brisket took 8hrs and the ribs took 6hrs at a temp of 200-225. I want to try 2 briskets this weekend(w/ only 1 slab of ribs), both briskets should be about the same weight(5-6lbs each). Just wondering if you guys think my hours of smoking will be the same as smoking one brisket? Since this is only my second time smoking brisket I wanted to get some expert help. Thanks in advance.
Last edited by Mr Vegas on Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:03 am, edited 3 times in total.
It's likely going to take a little longer to cook. Putting 2 cold pieces of meat in your smoker will bring your temps down more than 1 piece will. Also remember, with brisket no 2 pieces are alike. One 5 lb. brisket may take considerably longer to cook than another of the same weight.
It's hard to judge how long brisket will take to cook so I always try to allow extra time.
Kenny is right on. It will add some time at the beginning until thigs stabilze. I would recommend letting them come to room temp before putting into the smoker and using hot water in the pan so that temps will stabilize quicker. And they could both cook at the same rate or not. Briskets have a mind of their own and they are ready when the temps say they are. Good luck to ya. Post some pics if possible.
Kenny 13 and T-Rex thanks for the reply. I was wondering if 2 briskets would add more time and it seems like it will. I'll try what you guys have advised and this time I'll remeber to take more pictures. I'm going to smoke this weekend and will post pics on Monday.
Mrgrumpy the last time I did a brisket the drip pan seemed to have a lot of oil in it. So I didn't use the drippings, my bad.......I really didn't know what to do with the drippings and I thought since there was a lot of oil it might make the sauce too oily.
You might try pouring them in a bowl and skim the fat off after it rises to the top. You can even put it into the fridge/freezer while the briskets rest and the grease will solidify on the top making it easier to get. Then just warm it up and use it.