OT What are you cooking/ smoking today?

Submitted by pmark1210 on July 4th, 2017 at 9:53 AM
On this beautiful day of the year, what are you grilling, cooking, smoking, etc. Today? Let's stick to food, can only imagine the jokes about what everyone's smoking.... I'm doing my first brisket, actually my first anything, in my smoker today. Keeping it simple, got my brisket from Kroger a couple weeks ago on sale. Used paprika, garlic powder, seasoning salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper, And oregano for the rub. Put a home made tray of brown sugar under it. Can't wait to try. Hope I don't mess it up! God bless America, and a happy and safe 4th to all.


Bobby Thomson

July 4th, 2017 at 10:10 AM ^

I had a pork loin in a maple brine overnight, and I'm barbequing it all day with some hickory chips. tending the fire and watching the meat process toward doneness while I read and watch baseball and play catch with my kids. I've been looking forward to this day for a while. happy forth, and be safe

SoDak Blues

July 4th, 2017 at 10:10 AM ^

Brisket is actually pretty easy. I typically smoke mine at around 225 until the internal temp hits 190-195. Pull it wrap it in foil and toss it in a cooler while you prepare the rest. Resist the urge to over smoke it (I.e. Too many rounds of chips). Damn, I wish I were firing up the smoker today! Good luck man, and enjoy!!

SoDak Blues

July 4th, 2017 at 10:54 AM ^

Honestly, if you want to really rock it out, a 4-6 lb brisket could be smoked at 250 for 6-8 hours and be really close. I monkey with the temp to make it smoke slower. Usually start it at 190 for several hours until the temp hits 160 then push the heat a bit more. I usually smoke mine for 12-14 hours, but you don't need to go that slow. Hit the magic 195 and yank it.

Funky Buddha

July 4th, 2017 at 11:13 AM ^

I smoke brisket at 225 degrees; typically takes an hour per pound (e.g., 7 pound brisket smokes in 7 hours). I wrap the brisket in butcher paper when it reaches an internal temp of 170 degrees (aluminum foil works, too). I typically cook brisket to an internal temp of 195 degrees. I wrap the brisket in a towel and place it in a cooler for 30 minutes to 2 hours before serving (depending on when we're going to eat dinner).


July 4th, 2017 at 11:46 AM ^

Temp is always the best way to know. I have a wifi temp probe that alerts me when the meat gets to a certain temp. It was a good investment. For brisket you want to get to 185ish then pull it off the cooker and let it rest covered for at least an hour. Temp will rise 5-10 degrees while resting. Hope you started early as my brisket normally takes about 11 hours. Good luck!

Toasted Yosties

July 4th, 2017 at 10:13 AM ^

Taco Bell 12-pack Doritos Locos platter with nacho cheese dipping cups and Mountain Dew Baja Blast on tap!

Actually, I moved to El Paso this weekend and am unpacking probably all day... I'll dream I'm at one of your cookouts though.


July 4th, 2017 at 10:15 AM ^

Thought about a brisket too, but didn't plan far enough ahead to find a good one. Sticking with something easy and, I'll admit, using the ol' Texas Crutch.


July 4th, 2017 at 10:20 AM ^

I did a brisket a few years ago for the 4th. Had to get up at about 3 am to have it ready for an early dinner. I really did not feel it was worth it. I'd rather so something like wings and ribs, and maybe sausages.


July 4th, 2017 at 10:42 AM ^

Tri-tip, Carne Asada and fish.

Local Murky IPAs, Mexican Mules.

Badminton and lots of new pool toys for the kiddos should keep us all happy.

Happy 4th Everybody. Have fun. Be safe.


July 4th, 2017 at 10:47 AM ^

I'll join in and say I did my first brisket yesterday. Came out of the smoker about 1 pm and sliced at about 6 pm. It was fall apart tender. Also did pork burnt ends for the first time. That was a big hit for guests too.


July 4th, 2017 at 10:54 AM ^

going simple with baby back ribs. I can't stand to be outside (I live in Tampa and the real feel is like 115) so oven, then finishing off on grill.

Too bad the holiday is on a Tuesday (so close to a 3 day weekend!), but Happy 4th and God Bless America!


July 4th, 2017 at 11:23 AM ^

While we'll be doing burgers and hot dogs today, I got started on the smoking and drinking last night. No, I did not light that cigar with the Bic.....matches or GTFO.


A night with no kids

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July 4th, 2017 at 1:43 PM ^

Pretty low key, but cooked over charcoal and mesquite, they're excellent.

I would be drinking right now, except my wife thinks I'm in danger of becoming an alcoholic if I drink more than once a month. So, iced tea and water for me.