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Old 06-03-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Tomball, TX
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I'm heading to see my sister in Lader Ranch for my newphews graduation party. I wanted to smoke a big brisket for everyone and give them a taste for Texas BBQ.

1)Is there anywhere around Ladera Ranch that sells a proper cut brisket (fat on top?)

Finding a smoker is going to be tricky, too!
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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There is a meat market in Mission Viejo/Lake Forest area (El Toro and Muirlands I think is the nearest cross street) which I believe has very good quality meat which the butchers will cut any way you want it. It is not a grocers but a specialist meat store, not cheap. There is also a Costco and various grocery stores.

We moved from Texas 2 months ago and we will be looking for a good brisket for smoking too when we make enough friends to invite round lol. If you get stuck for a smoker we have one you could borrow if you wanted.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:16 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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A lot of grocery stores carry just a couple briskets. Ask the butcher if they have one in back that isn't fully trimmed (they tend to cut off most the fat here in CA).

I'm from Texas and living in CA now. I haven't bought another smoker yet, so here is a very simple way to get as close to Texas BBQ as you can without the smoker:

Get a BBQ rub (I always order from Adkins Co. in Fort Worth, but if you don't have time, pick something from the shelf in front of the meat shop in the grocery). Rub a lot of the rub all over the brisket. Don't be shy, I use almost 1/2 the bottle on a brisket. Put the brisket in a lasagna dish. Buy the Hickory flavored liquid smoke. Don't taste it, you'll hate it. Pour at least 1/2 the liquid smoke over the brisket. Cover the dish tightly with tin foil. Cook for at least 9 hours at 250. When the meat falls apart, it's done.

Smoking a brisket on a real smoker is tricky especially if you haven't done it before. I used to smoke them frequently, and half the time they were great, the other half they were awful. I don't recommend your first try to be for a big group.

Good luck! Get some Stubbs BBQ sauce to serve on the side for the real Texas flavor and some Sweet Baby Rays for the people that don't like it quite so spicy.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Monterey, CA
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smart and final
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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NinaN - that sounds very good - think I might have to try it. Have to see what kind of brisket we can get here in Minneapolis. Thanks.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:19 PM
 
Location: So California
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Texas style brisket is good......but California style tri tip is better. Good luck though, finding a smoker shouldn't be too tough
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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Any of you BBQ lovers going to this?

Wifey and I are

OC BBQ Fest !!!
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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My daughter had tri tip at some friends in Sacremento a few years back and kept talking about how good it was. She has now been able to find it here in the Minneapolis area. I still prefer a plain old ribeye myself.
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