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Aaron Franklin’s Butcher Paper Brisket

Aaron Franklin's Butcher Paper Brisket - Video Recipe

If you have not heard of Aaron Franklin then you need to meet the King of Brisket. Aaron Franklin owns Franklin Barbecue. Franklin Barbecue is a barbecue restaurant located in Austin, Texas. In 2009, Aaron Franklin launched the restaurant in a trailer. The restaurant has sold out of brisket every day since its establishment. Franklin Barbecue moved to a brick and mortar location in 2011. The restaurant appeared on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations in September 2012. In 2014, Texas Monthly listed the restaurant on its list of "the 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World." That July, President Barack Obama visited the restaurant and bought lunch for those in line behind him. The restaurant is prominently featured in a scene from the 2014 Jon Favreau film Chef, with speaking cameos by owner Aaron Franklin and general manager Benji Jacob. In May 2015, Franklin Barbecue owner Aaron Franklin was awarded a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest. He is the only chef who specializes in barbecue to ever be nominated, or receive, the award. Aaron Franklin does not keep his recipes a secret and he desires all the credit for allowing us to make it like he would.

Sprinkle the brisket on both sides with salt and pepper. Combine the Worcestershire sauce and water in a mister.

Prepare a fire for indirect-heat cooking in your smoker (the coals on one side only) with a water pan. Use oak wood chips, chunks or logs and keep up a good level of smoke. The smoker is ready when the temperature is between 275 and 300. If you have a pellet smoker then use oak pellets, water pan and set temperature to 250.

Put the brisket in the smoker on the cool side of the grate and close the lid. Cook for 6 hours, adding wood as needed to keep the fire burning evenly. At this point, test the brisket with an instant-read thermometer; the internal temperature should read 165.

Remove the brisket from the smoker. Spray it with some of the Worcestershire solution (there will be a lot leftover), wrap it in butcher paper and return it to the smoker. Let it cook in the paper for 2 hours longer.

Remove the wrapped brisket from the smoker and place it in an empty cooler or a 200 degree oven for 3 or 4 hours. The brisket is done when a toothpick passes effortlessly through the fat or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers at least 185 but preferably as high as 203.

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