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Meat cuts for Kosher Q (BBQ)

I'm interested in doing some kosher Q on my Weber grill in the backyard. I had some good results smoking a turkey, and not I want to try my hand at making the kind of good BBQ like you get in Texas. However, I recently priced a whole kosher brisket, and I'd rather not have to take out a loan just to have dinner, not to mention the fact that our 3 person family would take a long time to eat 10 lbs of meat.

I'd like to know if anyone has any experience using other beef cuts, I would think that a chuck roast might work well, especially if I talk the butcher into leaving the fat in so the meat can baste while it smokes, but I have some concern that it might be hard to carve into slices.

On a recent trip to Texas, someone served me a smoked "clod" roast (i.e. shoulder roast), which surprised me, as the cut is very lean and I would think it would get dried out if it sat in the smoker too long. I've used shoulder roasts for Maryland Pit Beef, but that's cooked rare and sliced thin, which it needs to be because the meat is sort of tough once it gets well done, but not stewed. This smoked clod, on the other hand was very well done, but not too tough and not dried out at all. I wonder how they did it.

Am I missing any other kosher cuts that might work out well on the BBQ that aren't as expensive (or large) as a whole brisket?

Thanks in advance,

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  1. Although asking on the kosher board makes sense since people here will know about the kashrut stuff, it might also pay to ask on the BBQ, Smoking, and Grilling board--a new board launched a week ago.

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    1. re: queenscook

      I find that kosher butchers often label cuts of beef very differently than non-kosher butchers, at least in America. It often makes it hard for me to follow discussions of different cuts on the non-kosher boards.

    2. Could you do part of a brisket?

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        1. I don't see why you couldn't buy a 4 lb brisket and go with that.