I'm a big fan of trimming my brisket before cooking. This gives me a huge surface to apply seasoning and frankly I don't like dealing with the fat on my brisket while eating it. I've been trimming my brisket now for a few years despite incurring a significant injury while doing so. See my previous post "How Not to Trim a Brisket".
Rather than risk another injury like this, I jumped at a chance to acquire the new Qwik Trim Brisket Trimmer that promises to simplify the trimming process. I ordered it right away and received it just a few days before I needed to trim a couple of brisket flats for a party.
It's really a pretty simple concept and protects the pitmater from the inadvertent slip of the trimming knife. I rinsed the brisket flats and was eager to get started.
You can see the concept in action in this photo. It turns out that it works great for the large, cold, hard fat on the underside of a brisket. However, it doesn't work as well on the softer, thinner layers of fat. I trim both from my brisket, so I still had to use my trimming knife to get the end result that I prefer.
If you're a pitmaster that likes to leave that thinner layer of fat on your brisket, then the Qwik Trim could be a good option for you. But, if you're a fan of trimming all of the fat you'll still have some work to do with a trimming knife.