Brisket = All Burnt Ends

Discussion in 'Beef' started by rabbithutch, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, I destroyed a beautiful USDA Choice brisket last night . . . burnt it almost to a full crisp. After having done a larger one a week ago that I took to an IT too high, I was determined that I was gonna get this one 'just right.' It turned out 'just fright' . . . so much so that I won't embarrass myself or waste your time with Qview.

    The bottom line is that I didn't pay careful enough attention to my ET-733. I set the alarm, but I must have accidentally turned it off. All went well for the first 2 hours or so. I put it on the smoke at about 9:15pm planning for it to smoke overnight. I laid a snake weave and set the Weber OTG up right for smoking. Got the fire up to temp before I put the brisket on. IT was behaving and chamber temp was OK. I went to bed about midnight knowing with a certainty that my Maverick would let me know if any temps got out of line. Apparently the chamber temp went way too high. I got up about 3:00am and took a peek at the Maverick. It was not good. I took the top off the Weber and saw that the coals had almost burned completely up. They should only have been about half burned after 6 hours. The brisket looked like a lump of coal.

    I brought it in and wrapped it in foil and an old beach blanket, then went back to bed. When I checked it about 8:30 I knew I would only be able to save a small part of it and then only if I chopped it slathered it in sauce before eating it in sandwiches. It's almost good and mostly edible.

    Oh well! Another lesson learned the old-fashioned way! :hit:
     
  2. Ruh Roh Reorge... [​IMG]  

    I clicked the link thinking you made the whole brisket into burnt ends...something I might do on a future smoke... [​IMG]

    ...not a crispy mass of... [​IMG]

    That's always my fear of overnighters...
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2015
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sometimes we rely to technology to much.

    I am guilty of it too at times.
     
  4. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    I feel your pain, brother.
     
  5. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's what you call a nightmare!
     
  6. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lemons to lemonade! What a great excuse to buy a WSM!:biggrin:
     
  7. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    From your mouth to God's Ears! And to the finance department which thinks I already have too many cooking devices!

    :th_crybaby2:
     
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  9. It happens !!!   But I'll bet it doesn't happen to you again.

    Gary
     
  10. cracker1397

    cracker1397 Smoke Blower

    I have had similar issues with my maverick. I set the alarms correctly but sometimes it just doesn't sound. What temp did it get to out of curiosity.
     
  11. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ohh no! Only us fellow smokers understand how horrible that feeling is standing there at 3am in front of smoker saying "Oh $hi+" when you relalized something serious has gone wrong. Good luck on the next go-round.
     
  12. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    220° F when I took it off.
     

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