Most “big time” barbecue guys are going to tell you to not bother smoking small brisket flats because they will dry out on you. But hey, sometimes all you can find is a small flat. And sometimes you just might not want to spend your entire day fighting a full packer brisket until it gets tender.
I tell you what…you can make a seriously great smoked brisket out of a small brisket flat and it is pretty easy!
I started out with a brisket flat that weighed about three and a half pounds that have a nice looking fat cap. I left the fat cap intact to help keep this little guy moist.
In order to really make sure that the small brisket stayed juicy I injected it with about a half cup of liquids before it was rubbed and smoked.
The brisket injection was pretty simple. I used one 15 ounce can of low sodium beef broth mixed with one tablespoon of “Better than Bouillon” beef base. I injected as much of the liquid as the brisket would take and tried to inject with the grain in order to minimize streaking.
For the brisket rub I went with “The Most Powereful Stuff” from EAT barbecue. This rub gives me great color and has a nice spicy kick that pairs nicely with brisket.
When I cook packer briskets on my kettle I will often use the Slow N Sear but for a little guy like this I just use a charcoal basket with a split of cherry. I set the bottom vents to about halfway closed and keep the top vent completely open. I end up needing to refill the charcoal baskets with Kingsford briquettes every two hours with this method.
I smoked this brisket for about five hours without foiling. It took on a nice bark and smelled amazing.
There are a lot of different ways of smoking a brisket and figuring out how long it should take can get confusing. Check out this guide on how long to smoke a brisket to get more details. This brisket wasn’t probe tender at this point but it was close enough and I was ready to eat!
I was delighted with the smoke ring, bark, moistness and flavor of this little brisket. I was also tickled that getting this guy cooked didn’t take all day!
This is an easy way to smoke a brisket on a kettle, even a little guy like the Jumbo Joe.