If you’ve met any big-talkin’ Texans who boast about their brisket, you’ve shared in the reality of passionate smokers of Texas beef. As the process demands, work begins long before you savor a slice of the barbecue. My Austin neighbor has dedicated years of practice to perfect his brisket, and last weekend, he and his brisket-smoking teammate tested their brisket in preparation for their dive into the fray of BBQ cook-offs.
After selecting their meat cuts and prepping the beef, they started smoking about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. While you were sleeping, and I was trying to distract my dog from pawing at the front door to track the aroma, the BBQ team smoked its brisket throughout the night. Scott Campbell and Jeff Suckow wrapped up the smoking about 11:00 a.m. Sunday, and shared the brisket with a parade of tasters throughout the afternoon. Their “moist with dip” brisket took the people’s choice award.
The Campbell/Suckow team, competing as Me Cow Es Su Cow, will enter the Brushy Creek Backyard BBQ Cook-Off April 30 in Round Rock. To secure a chance to taste and vote for your choice brisket in a field of 50 entries, arrive early. This brisket won’t last long around an eager crowd of tasters.