Preparation / Directions:
Here is the way I did it: 7:00 AM Friday morning. Unwrapped the brisket (8 lbs.) and washed it down. Rubbed in the "All South Rub," not too heavy, and put a heavy coating of brown sugar to it. On to the H20, gas fired bullet smoker at 8:00 AM. Adjusted the flame as low as possible + a bit. One big, fist sized chunk of (1 hour soaked ) hickory. Water pan full. Put on the brisket, fat side up.
At about 12:00 noon I checked it out and found that the water level was OK. and added, and maybe I'll not do this again, added another big chunk of hickory. Checked the water level again at 3:00. It was OK. At 5:00 PM (10 hours later) I took it off and put in a roaster pan with about a half cup of water. It was a nice brown color. Capped off the roaster pan with aluminum foil and put it in the refrigerator. That's it for day one. LAZY - Q, huh? Saturday.
8:00 AM . In the oven at 185F until 6:00 PM then took it out to cool for slicing. Yes, my mouth is watering from the aromas in the kitchen. By the way, in the mid-afternoon, I fixed a barbeque sauce, to serve on the side with the brisket. See Carey Starzinger's BBQ sauce.
Now, at 6:30 sharp, the totally unexpected, drop-in guests from out-of-town hit the door, drank all of our beer and stayed until 11:30. At this time, 6:30 PM, just to be sociable, I quit drinking beer, so they could have it and I switch to scotch. At about 8:30, when I was finally able to face the handwriting on the wall, and still fairly sober, I did manage to refrigerate the complete dinner and kept on smiling at the guests. Oh yes, I did invite them to have dinner with us, but was declined. So we hit the sack hungry and a little grumpy.
Sunday. 4:00 PM. Take the brisket, the beans, the dipping sauce out of the refrigerator and let them warm up on the counter for about a hour. Pre-heat the oven to 175 and put in the brisket at 5:30. I finally serve it at 7:00 and it is perfect! Finding the grain is no problem.
You can cut this baby with a fork. If I made a mistake any mistakes at all, I might cut back on that last chunk of hickory. It was just a bit more smoky than necessary, so the wife suggested. I agree. I like a light smoke taste.
Anyway, if you have a water smoker, don't believe that you can't fix a respectable brisket. Go fo