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Mr. Dickey's Hickory Smoked Brisket
Serves 8 to 10
Smoking Temperature: 225 to 250 degrees F
Smoking Time: 45 to 60 minutes per pound
Kindling: Hickory log, quartered
One (4 to 6 pound) beef brisket
¼ cup Rib-Ticklin' Rib Rub
3 tablespoons canola oil
Place some kindling and a few pieces of newspaper sprinkled with canola oile inside your firebox and light it. Once the fire burns steadily (in about 3 to 4 minutes) add a hickory log. Bring the temperature inside your smoker to between 225 and 250 degrees F. (Make sure your thermometer is calibrated correctly.)
Trim the fat cap on the top portion of the brisket if needed, allowing a ¼- to ½-inch thick cap to remain on the brisket.
Mix the barbecue rub with the canola oil. It should have the consistency of wet sand. Rub the entire brisket with the rub-front, sides, in all the cracks and crevices. Place the brisket fat-side up on the smoker. Place a foil loaf pan full of water as close to the firebox as possible and replenish the water as needed.
Maintaining a temperature between 225 and 250 degree F, smoke the brisket for 8 to 9 hours (45 to 60 minutes per pound). You will need to check your temperature, adjust the vent, or replenish the wood, every 20 minutes during the smoking time.
Do not flip, turn, or poke the brisket with a fork at any time during the smoking process. When an instant thermometer reads between 190 and 200 degrees F, the beef is done. At Dickey's we perform what's called a "fork test". We place a meat fork in the fatty end (the deckle) of the brisket, and gently turn. If the meat is done, it should turn without resistance.
Place the brisket on a chopping block, and let it rest for 15 to 25 minutes. Slice against the grain and serve.
Rib-Ticklin' Rib Rub
Yields about 8 cups
3 cups Rib Rub
¾ cups Grill Spice
1 ½ cups ground cumin
4 cups cayenne pepper
½ cup Lowery's Seasoning Salt
1 ¾ cups light brown sugar
Thoroughly combine all the ingredients, making sure the brown sugar lumps are broken up. You can store this rub in an airtight container for up to 3 months.