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Brining A Beef Shoulder Clod
Posted By: Rocky
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002 at 2:23 p.m.
Hello to Joe & everyone!
I have a 25 lb whole shoulder clod in the freezer waiting to be smoked.
I have done alot of checking around over the past couple months to find out the best ways to prepare/smoke shoulder clod. There are several famous BBQ joints in Texas that smoke Shoulder Clod along with Bisket.
From all the research I did, everybody says that shoulder clod does not absorb smoke flavor much at all, no matter how long you smoke it. For some reason, it also will not get a smoke ring either.
People tend to agree that it is best to smoke a shoulder clod until around 135 to 145 internal temp. They do not recommend trying to smoke like a brisket until 190-200 because it is too lean. Shoulder Clod is supposedly great sliced really thin, medium to medium-rare, on a bun with ot without some sauce.
Having said all that, here is my question:
I have been thinking about brining my shoulder clod for 1-3 days in a TenderQuick pickle before smoking.
Maybe this will add some more flavor/texture/color??
I think a little salty flavor would be great. Maybe the beef would even absorb a little more smoke flavor this way? The color might end up more like corned beef or pastrami, but heck.....I don't care. I don't want to spend 10-15 hours smoking a 25 lb piece of meat, only for it to taste like plain 'ol bland roast beef. Don't get me wrong, I love roast beef....but that can be fixed in the oven or bought at the deli.
Any comments, input, recommendations, advice would be welcome and greatly appreciated.
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