The other week I ran into Aaron from Wagshals. When I was talking to him I found out that they could get a full brisket. The briskets that you get at a standard market are prepackaged briskets that are pre-trimmed and do not have the deckle or point attached. The deckle is the top meaty/fatty area on the top of the brisket that helps keep a brisket moist during the smoking process. So a couple of weeks ago I called Wagshals and ordered a whole brisket. I was thinking that it was going to be 9-10lbs but when I picked it up, it was a massive 13+ pounds. Got to love Wagshals.
A whole Brisket – 13+ lbs
Where to find a Whole Brisket
To get a full brisket you have to purchase one from a real butcher. You may be able to purchase one from from a grochery store if you call ahead but most stores purchase the pre-vacummed sealed briskets from the processing plants. These are pre-trimmed and are deckle-less (haha). I have been looking around for a place to sell me a full brisket. Luckily I ran into the guys from Wagshal’s.
In operation for more than 80 years, Wagshal’s is a delicatessen and gourmet market located on the north end of Georgetown. 4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016.