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Jim

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As an avid BBQ-ist, I have been having an ongoing problem with "the crust" and my good knives.
I often blow the edge on the first few cuts. I have done some work around, like pre cut the crust with a serrated knife/German knife, remove bottom crust and slice upside down & ect.
On the bench I have worked with Dave on a number of schemes to address this, leaving the knife toothy (not acceptable as the slices are no good ) varying the edge angle, meticulously removing the burr.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks Gents.
 

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Sounds like a good excuse to buy a western deba or a honesuki, two knives that love a challenge.
 

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Can you even slice a packer brisket with a honesuki? I use the 300 Hiro now.
 

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Yeah, a honesuki is useless for slicing, but it will take anything you don't want out of your way in a hurry. Having cut through a tough crust and still glide through tender meat is quite a dilemma.
 

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A few years ago, Andy mentioned in a conversation that one of the advantages he saw to a chopping cleaver was that it had a stronger, tougher edge, then a slicing cleaver. Best guess, was that the extra metal behind the edge provided a good foundation.

At our family gatherings, typically chicken, pork, and steak, are grilled. Often the meat is sliced just minutes before serving. I bought a Hattori suji, for these occasions. The first time I used it, I came away with impression that it was on the fragile side. I wanted a knife that I could use without worrying about it, or having to baby.

Remembering the chopping cleaver, I wanted a heavier knife then a suji. Blue steel is known for being tough. I also didn't want to spend a lot of money on a knife, which was going to be abused. I went with a Moritaka double beveled Kiritsuke. I liked the idea of an aggressive tip. At a family party, I sliced 50 pounds of grilled chicken, boneless breasts and thighs, in less then an hour. Maybe not restaurant times, but I'm happy with it, and the knife.

If I had to do it over again, I'd find the Zakuri line from JKI, to be real tempting, especially that double edge yanigiba. I'd bought the Moritaka before Jon officially opened his business.

It would probably be overkill, but the steel on my Mizuno cleaver really has been impressing me with its toughness. I could see myself justifying a 270 Mizuno gyuto as a barbecue knife.

Jay
 

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Jim, I use my Phil Wilson for the briskets. Does a fabulous job trimming and decent with the bark. Sometimes it needs just a little help getting started, but the damn thing could go a whole competition season without needing a sharpening, right Dave ?
 

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what's a brisket and what's a 'crust'? i think we have very different methods of bbqing in australia!
 

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I was thinking about this the other day when I was slicing a piece of beef. It had a really thick crust on it and it was covered in cracked pepper, so that made it even worse. The thin gyuto I had was not sounding very confident as it went through the crust. A honesuki, or even better a garasuki would have been good, but the shape is pretty inconvenient for slicing if you're going to use it all the time. I do have another Masamoto gyuto that someone left in my kitchen a few years ago that is really thick. I'm sure they have another name for it besides gyuto, but it's over 1/8" thick at the top (It's a 300mm knife). I have a fairly obtuse bevel angle on that knife but it still cuts well. If I were going to cut crusty meat all day that's probably what I would invest in.
 

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Brisket is a cut of beef that is usually tough and a bit of a challenge to be both tender and moist after cooking. It's often a requirement in BBQ competitions.





 

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ah cheers. we have so many good cattle running around here that i guess we can be choosy. i almost exclusively cook rib on the bone ;)
 

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Pre crust-

Post crust-

Sliced-


And before anyone askes- here are the ribs

 

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Jim, I use my Phil Wilson for the briskets. Does a fabulous job trimming and decent with the bark. Sometimes it needs just a little help getting started, but the damn thing could go a whole competition season without needing a sharpening, right Dave ?

Yeah it does ago a long time. I actually didn't realize that you used it on cooked meat too. What's the steel - S30V?
 

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Jim, the sliced picture just my my stomach growl and I just finished eating dinner.
 

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do you guys marinade your roasts? i see the crust your referring to and that looks very thick (and overcooked :p)! i guess we just do our beef differently here, i have mine rare so if doing a roast i'll just seal it on a hot plate then bbq it till it's only just cooked through. no tough crust and beautiful, juicy flesh. at most there'll be some salt/pepper/mustard/herbs either stuffed or rubbed outside.
 

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Jim, you wouldn't be looking to adopt a large Canadian knife maker with a big appetite would you...please... ;)
 

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Sweet! :D Man, I gotta give you props, that brisket looks fantastic! I got a rib rub recipe from you a while back, it has been my goto since I got it.
 

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Got a Treager last year and have been doing lots of Texas BBQ. My Chinese cleaver works great.
 

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do you guys marinade your roasts? i see the crust your referring to and that looks very thick (and overcooked :p)! i guess we just do our beef differently here, i have mine rare so if doing a roast i'll just seal it on a hot plate then bbq it till it's only just cooked through. no tough crust and beautiful, juicy flesh. at most there'll be some salt/pepper/mustard/herbs either stuffed or rubbed outside.
BBQ is a technique that takes large and tough chunks of meat and cooks them at low temperatures for many hours,utilizing wood smoke as well as heat. The internal temps of a brisket when done are 195-205 which leaves it butter tender.

Do not confuse grilling with traditional BBQ
 

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Sweet! :D Man, I gotta give you props, that brisket looks fantastic! I got a rib rub recipe from you a while back, it has been my goto since I got it.
Wonderful to hear! I love BBQ and sharing rubs and sauces is almost as much fun as eating it.
 

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BBQ is a technique that takes large and tough chunks of meat and cooks them at low temperatures for many hours,utilizing wood smoke as well as heat. The internal temps of a brisket when done are 195-205 which leaves it butter tender.

Do not confuse grilling with traditional BBQ
ah, i see. never met anyone who smokes. we just bake (roasts) or grill (steaks) with our bbqs :)
 

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I was going to post my brisket when I got home. But Jim posted his pictures, and now I feel a little inferior.:eek:
 

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Ever thought of sharpening with just a 500 grit stone? A suji w/ micro serrations would probably work great!
Pesky
 

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When I slice my brisket I flip the packer over so that the fat side is up. I trim the fat from the point then and slice from that side. This also helps me make sure I'm cutting against the grain. Fat off = visible grain. I usually have enough cutting momentum by the time I hit the bark that there is no problem slicing through. Because I have to deal with presentation I feel that slicing on the bottom side help me avoid any problems. Then I cut what's left of the point, once I have enough slices, into burn ends.


Pork shoulder:


Ribs (mine aren't quite as dark as yours):
 

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i got a good idea jim....don't make it so crusty!.....problem solved....just boil or stem that brisket!.....ryan
 

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i got a good idea jim....don't make it so crusty!.....problem solved....just boil or stem that brisket!.....ryan
Banished..... to the room with boiled ribs with you!
 
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