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"A Brisket, Voodoo, and a Cannonball" is the seventh episode of the first season of the American sitcom Young Sheldon. The episode aired on December 7, 2017.


The kids brainstorm ways to resolve a family feud when Meemaw refuses to give George Sr. her brisket recipe.[1]

Extended Plot[]

Meemaw's disdain for George emerges when she refuses to give him her brisket recipe. George later complains that Mary always takes her mother's side. To get back at George for secretly searching her home for it, Meemaw gives him a fake recipe which requires him to go to great lengths to get the ingredients. George drives to different states, having to get specific meat type and grinding “ghost roots” from a voodoo woman, George comes back home to cook the brisket, after George spends 14 hours cooking in vain, he attempts to ban her from the household. When Georgie and Missy fear their parents might divorce over this, Missy was plays with Sheldon's trains in the garage which makes Sheldon suddenly recall a memory of Meemaw telling him her recipe when he was 23 months old, he calls everybody to the living room, Sheldon threatens to reveal the recipe unless the two of them make up. While he initially shows his interest in the recipe, George states that he is more bothered by the fact that she never thought he was good enough for her daughter. He acknowledges that he was a disappointment when they first met, but he believes he has grown since then. Meemaw seemingly accepts him as a worthy son-in-law, only for George to get the recipe from Sheldon as soon as she leaves.



  • Title Reference: Meemaw's brisket is a major plot point; George buys spices from a Voodoo woman in New Orleans; George and Mary are out on Valentine's Day to watch Cannonball Run, which is why Meemaw babysat the children.
  • This episode was watched by 12.49 million people with a rating of 2.2/8 (adults 18–49).
  • Young Sheldon was ranked #1 for the week ending xx December 2017.
  • This episode aired in Canada in December 2017.


  • Missy mentioned The Flintstones.
  • George watches Mister Roberts on TV.
  • Georgie used to struggle with potty training when the twins were born.
    • This resulted in Meemaw calling him Mr. Soggy Pants.


George Sr.: Here we go. Fifteen years and fourteen hours later, the best brisket in Texas.
[tastes some]
George Sr.: Connie, you evil bitch!

Adult Sheldon: Back home, he applied the spice rub with such erotic tenderness it made my mother a little jealous.

George Sr.: Hot damn!