Q: Dear Dr. BBQ,
When smoking a brisket, what percentage is lost due to the smoking procedure?
A: Hi Kyle,
I’ve never done the research myself but the common figure that BBQers use is 50 percent yield of usable meat from a whole untrimmed brisket. Some cookers will preserve a better yield than others but this is a good rule of thumb. Obviously if you buy one trimmed, or just a flat, the yield will be higher.