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    In Texas, barbecue is about beef: specifically brisket, the cut by which any joint is judged. Brisket has become a favorite of restaurant chefs, too, hence the smoke ribbons and Hank Williams songs drifting out of restaurants as far away as Brooklyn. But can great brisket be made at home? I devoted a weekend to the task and learned that with a few key ingredients— salt, pepper, patience, and advice from Aaron Franklin, my neighbor and the pitmaster at Franklin Barbecue in Austin—swoonworthy results are doable. You just have to take the time—12 smoky hours. Brisket (from the cow's breast or lower chest) is rich in connective tissue, so it requires a low-and-slow process to relax the muscle into tender goodness—a pleasure that can't be achieved with a quicker method. Luckily, those first unforgettable bites are worth the weekend. So let's get started.

    Ingredients

    • 1 10-12-pound whole beef brisket, fat trimmed to 1/4" thickness
    • 1/3 cup kosher salt
    • 1/3 cup freshly ground black pepper)
    • A gas grill with a full tank of propane and a drip tray
    • 8 cups all-natural hardwood chips, preferably hickory, for smoking
    • A smoker box
    • A grill or analog thermometer (we recommend it even if your grill has one)

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 12
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 785 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 54 g 82.45%
    • Saturated Fat: 23 g 113.8%
    • Trans Fat: 4 g %
    • Cholesterol: 194 mg 64.76%
    • Sodium: 16670 mg 694.59%
    • Calcium: 13 mg 1.34%
    • Potassium: 40 mg 1.15%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 0 mg 1.62%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 145 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 1 g 4.06%
    • Sugar: 8 g
    • Protein: 54 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 0.33%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat8
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch9
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat7
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total8 oz-eq

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