in Berkeley, CA has a great butcher in back. I was in to restock pancetta, and noticed that as a St. Patrick's Day special they were selling brined brisket flats and points separately, the points at a discount
. Go figure. Grabbed a 2.5 lb point, fried a slice to test for salt, and soaked in plain water for 36 hours to somewhat desalinate. Que'd 9 hours at 240 to 260 F over hickory smoke, trimmed off what fat didn't render.
An "of the gods" version of the New England Boiled Dinner I grew up with. (My grandmother didn't work with smoke and fire.) Definitely needs boiled potatoes, cabbage and parsnips, good mustard, to complete the experience.
Per la strada incontro un passero che disse "Fratello cane, perche sei cosi triste?"
Ripose il cane: "Ho fame e non ho nulla da mangiare."