The Christmas Brisket Gift

Next question, do you go straight from the fridge to the grill? Or leave out for an hour or so first?
I will go from fridge to smoker with the least amount ot counter time as I like the biggest smoke ring possible. even tho its just aesthetics.
 
I will go from fridge to smoker with the least amount ot counter time as I like the biggest smoke ring possible. even tho its just aesthetics.
That's what I thought, BUT, I lightly rubbed the brisket, overnight in fridge, straight on grill 190F for the first 14hrs. Smoke ring was no different from other cooks where it was out for over 2 hours.

The science is, carbon monoxide from the fire penetrates the meat and "locks" the hemoglobin in its Red state. The question is what gives the fastest penetration before the process stops. Cold meat seems like it would allow the process to go longer on one hand, but maybe cold outer pores don't allow penetration as fast.

I agree that it's just asthetics but who doesn't love to see them!
 

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Your Christmas brisket tradition sounds awesome! Nothing beats a gift made with love and BBQ skills, right? Even though your Big Green Eggs are on hiatus, it's cool you're still bringing the flavor with the Ironwood 885. And hey, who needs expensive gifts when you've got something unique and tasty like that? Props to you for spreading the holiday cheer with some smoky goodness!
Those pics of the brisket look mouthwatering, especially knowing they're going to folks who've got your back during those early morning airport runs. That's real camaraderie right there.
BTW have you thought of giving custom blankets as gifts? I think it can be a nice idea.
 
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