It’s been two weeks since my wife and I returned from our 4-day trip to New Orleans and I still haven’t managed to submit a post about the adventure. I think I’m still reeling from the experience and, even though the trip is still fresh in my mind, I’m finding it difficult to write about. We had a wonderful time in New Orleans. It’s a fantastic city with so much to offer. I’m sure I will find time to share the details…someday!
Today was devoted to the joy of barbecue and smoking a brisket. I try to make smoked brisket at least once a year and it’s always worth the effort.
Smoking a brisket is no easy feat, at least for me. It takes between 12 to 16 hours to cook, which makes for a very long day. I started this morning at 3:30 with a cup of chicory coffee, warmed up from yesterday’s cold pot. Outdoor temperature was about 80° but the humidity was near 100°! It was so humid that the newspaper I used for the charcoal chimney starter was limp and soggy by the time I was putting a match to it. It took 3 attempts and about 30 minutes just to light the coals!
I bought a new offset smoker yesterday and I decided to break it in with a brisket. I didn’t know if I was being foolish or confident. Fortunately, the brisket came out just fine.
By 4:00 p.m. I was pulling off the cooked brisket and life was good.
We served the brisket with homemade Texas-style barbecue sauce, potato salad and a refreshing cucumber salad. And for desert, homemade cheesecake, compliments of my wife.
This was the sort of Sunday meal that will keep me inspired throughout the upcoming work week!