How to Choose a Brisket
Half the battle in cooking a good brisket is knowing how to choose a brisket to buy. Not all briskets are the same and you don’t have the wiggle room for error like you do with pork butts and ribs.
Don't make the mistake of buying a small flat like they sell in the supermarket. The only thing those are good for is a crock pot. Instead, go to Sam’s, Costco, or for a really good cut from your local butcher. You must buy a whole brisket, also known as a packer’s cut.
Whole briskets are larger in size (10 lbs. and up) and come from older cattle with adequate intermuscular fat unlike younger cattle which are too lean.
The whole brisket consists of two muscles—the flat (A) and the Point (B).
A Note About Marbling
The grading in beef is based on the fat content between the muscle fibers (marbling). Marbling makes the meat more tender and juicy. The higher the grade of beef, the more marbling it will have.
The grades found in the store are Select (junk), Choice (fine for most of us), and Prime (good for the guy who knows what he’s doing and a bigger budget).
Keep these guidelines in mind when choosing a brisket to smoke:
If you want to “blow your guests’ minds” order a Waygu, the American equivalent to Japanese Kobe beef. We carry these and prime briskets in our barbecue supply store (availability varies).
What to Look for When Choosing a Brisket
Do not settle for what is displayed in the counter. If it isn’t right, have the butcher bring out several. If he won’t, leave the store—don’t waste your money. Sometimes we need to look at a handful of briskets before we get the right one.
Now you know how to choose a brisket! It's not that hard, and once you've done it a few times, these steps will become second-nature.
Impress your family and friends with meat that is a cut above the selection often found in grocery stores. Here at Grillbillies BBQ, our freezers are packed with premium selections of popular cuts such as brisket, pork butts, ribeyes, hot dogs, bratwurst, bacon, and so much more.
Visit our store to purchase carefully-sourced, high-grade meats that you can cook with confidence. Your family and guests will thank you!