The Folklore Food Blog: Bathtub Brisket


When Kernersville firefighters responded to a report of a house fire Monday evening, crews saw something they described as “a first in our books.”

They arrived on Taylor Road to find the entire house ablaze. A middle-aged woman stood in the street screaming in hysterics, waving her arms as if something was attacking her. But it’s what they saw next that really caught their attention.

It turns out the woman had been trying to cook a brisket in her bathtub, a ritual she performed to keep her dead husband’s spirit away according to Captain Lewis with the Fire Department.

He said the woman was using the bathtub and shower curtain like a smoker and had a wire rack with meat resting on the upper edges.

When asked why she cooked the brisket in the bath tub, she responded, “My husband was a mean man so I cooked him up brisket until he had a heart attack. Now on the eve every year he comes and haunts me, so I use the smoke and smells to drive him out.”

“Cooking Bathtub Brisket is not a safe practice and over half of all residential fires are cooking mishaps,” Captain Lewis said.

Firefighters simply used the shower head to extinguish the melting fiberglass tub, the brisket was ruined.

1 10-12 pound Brisket
Salt, pepper, and patience.

1 bag of wood hickory chips soaked over night, so they smolder real good.

Dump the charcoal on one side of grill and close lid. When temperature settles at 225 to 250 degrees, place half the wood chips over the coals. Return grate to grill and lay brisket on it, fat side up. Cover.

Cook at about 225 degrees, maintaining the temperature with additional charcoal and wood chips, for 4 to 6 hours. Let rest for 30 minutes before slicing.

When meat is done, eat.




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