After spending last weekend surrounded by awesome pork shoulder at the Kentucky BBQ Festival, I was ready for some brisket this weekend. So I was up and at it early on Saturday morning, trimming 3 packer cut briskets for the Backwoods cooker.
Just as I was finishing up the last one, the knife slipped and got into my left thumb. Now I’m not saying that I “sliced” my thumb, it was really more of a chopping blow when the knife slipped. I jumped up, said a few choice words, and thought, “I’m sure it’s just a flesh wound”. But when I bent my thumb and saw the gaping wound, I knew I was headed for the hospital.
A quick double-check with my wife to confirm my own diagnosis and a panic text to my neighbor and fellow pitmaster to finish up the brisket, and I was off to the ER. I walked into the ER slightly before 7:30 in the morning and by 9:00am, I had 4 stitches and a tetanus shot.
So here’s my advice to all you BBQ’ers. Slice “away” from you when trimming your BBQ meats. Here’s the proof that I know what I’m talking about.
Before treatmentDuring treatmentThe final result
The good news is it was a sharp knife and a clean cut. I should be healed up and ready to cook for Thanksgiving, but unfortunately my career as a hand model is over.