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FAQs about our partially cooked, fully smoked all natural brisket

We ship partially cooked, fully smoked All Natural Certified Angus beef briskets that you finish cooking in your oven for a few hours. Order by clicking on a button below or scroll to read through our FAQs.

Full Size Mail Order Brisket

Moist Half Mail Order Brisket

Lean Half Mail Order Brisket

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  • Basic Info

    • Our briskets come in three types or sizes:
      • Lean half briskets, known as the flat, weigh about 4 lbs and feed 8 people with typical sides.
      • Moist (fatty) half briskets, known as the point, weigh about 5 lbs and feed 10 people with typical sides.
      • Whole briskets weigh about 9 lbs and feed 20 people with typical sides.
    • Briskets ordered by Sunday ship on Tuesday via FedEx for delivery by end of week. We’ll notify you via email on the rare occasion we’re out of stock and delivery may be delayed.
    • Gift options, including gift certificates, are presented at checkout after you select the brisket type.
    • Shipping and tax (if applicable) are included except for AK or HI. Shipping upgrades are available at checkout.
    • We can ship multiple briskets, whether the same or different types, to the same address. Just email us to request a quote.
  • The Woodpile difference

    • We use better meat: Our Natural Certified Angus Beef comes from 100% Angus cattle raised on small family farms, grain fed and never given antibiotics or hormones. You can taste the difference, feel the tenderness and rest easy knowing what you’re eating.
    • We let you finish the cooking: We smoke our well trimmed briskets low and slow over an all wood fire, not gas. Your brisket will be pulled off shortly before it’s done so we can flash freeze and vacuum pack it. We let you complete the cooking in your oven so the brisket remains moist, has a nice bark (crust) and doesn’t require basting in sauce.
  • Ordering questions

    • Can you ship a brisket as a gift? Absolutely and may we compliment you on good gift giving taste. When you checkout there will be an option to add a gift message. Alternatively, you can order a Gift Certificate and the recipient can get the brisket shipped when it’s most convenient for them. We handle sending a nice gift message and notify purchasers when the gift has been redeemed.
    • Do you handle business orders? Yes, please visit our dedicated page for business client gifts.
    • Is sauce included? No, we highly recommend enjoying your brisket without it. If sauce is a must, we suggest grabbing a bottle of your favorite to enjoy with the brisket.
    • Is your rub overly peppery, spicy or salty? No. Our rub has a nice balanced flavor.
  • More about the meat

    • We smoke our mail order bbq briskets for about 8 hrs, pulling them off about 4 hrs before finish time.
    • We use a mix of mesquite and pecan rather than the typical post oak for a more distinct smokey flavor. We never use gas or artificial starters.
    • Why does a brisket not absorb smoke after about 8 hours on a pit? After about 8 hours (depending on the temperature a brisket is cooked at), it begins expelling moisture, rather than drawing moist, smokey air in. During the last few hours, a brisket only needs consistent heat, not smoke, to finish.
    • What does all-natural mean? (1) No antibiotics or added hormones, ever; (2) All vegetarian diet; and (3) Natural grazing. Levi grew up on a cattle ranch and learned that if you give small herds room to graze, two things happen. First, they do not get sick as often. Second, you do not need them all on the same growth and breeding schedule. This means no antibiotics and no hormones. You cull the ones that get sick and keep all the healthy ones to sell.
    • Your briskets seem expensive. Why? Our briskets cost a little more because they cost us a little more. We use better beef and cook in small batches.  Quite simply, our ingredients cost more. Our beef is the highest quality natural meat available. We believe you can taste the difference and it’s better for you. Most of our competitors use commodity, select grade beef and get volume discounts because they cook 100’s of briskets a day. We cook in small batches. The marbling of the beef is excellent, which translates into more consistent, juicy and tender pieces. Our brisket is also well trimmed, so you’re not paying for excess fat. Our dry rub is homemade with natural ingredients. No high-fructose corn syrup, no added preservatives and naturally gluten-free.
  • What to expect on arrival

    • Aroused senses, delighted taste buds and maybe a brawl. The hardest part of all this is selecting who to share it with and not making enemies. The good news is we can repeat the process and send you more to make amends.
    • Each mail order brisket is packed in an insulated shipping box with  frozen gel packs, all of which are reusable. Briskets that arrive in 1-2 days will arrive fully frozen. Briskets that arrive in 3-4 days will arrive partially thawed.
    • Briskets can be kept frozen for up to one year without impacting taste. Briskets can be kept in the refrigerator up to a week after thawing or preparing.
    • Every brisket includes a tri-fold brochure with instructions for final preparation in your oven and slicing. Briskets will need to be thawed 48-72 hours in your refrigerator and then cooked in your oven for about 4 hrs on a broiler pan (less time for half size briskets). That’s it. Because a brisket does not absorb smoke after about 8 hours on the pit, your oven will work perfectly to finish up the last few hours of cooking.
    • Will I need to do anything besides put the thawed brisket on a broiler pan in a hot oven? No. We recommend finishing the brisket at 245 degrees, with adjustments as needed for your particular oven or altitude. You will not need to baste or do anything else. While the instructions that come with your brisket will include an estimated cook time, we recommend use of a food thermometer or temperature probe to pull the brisket out at the optimum finishing temperature of 195. You’ll want to let it rest at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.
    • How should I slice the finished brisket? The instructions that come with your brisket will include slicing directions. We recommend slicing against the grain, angled towards the point slicing as thinly as possible without the slices falling apart.
  • Shipment and billing details

    • We only ship on Tuesdays for arrival by end of week via FedEx.
    • Briskets ordered by Sunday typically ship on Tuesday for delivery within 2-3 days. Since we smoke our briskets in small batches, however, sometimes we run out and orders take a couple of weeks to fill. If we are out of stock we will notify you via email of the anticipated ship date.
    • You will receive an email with tracking information on the day of shipment.
    • Tax is only charged for shipments delivered within Texas.
    • We accept all major credit cards.
    • Why do you only ship on Tuesdays? So we can have a life… and to be sure briskets do not sit in trucks or warehouses over the weekend.