Weird Smoke today 5-20-09

Discussion in 'Beef' started by bigsal51, May 21, 2009.

  1. bigsal51

    bigsal51 Smoke Blower

    I was on a drilling rig today and used our company smoker and was going to cook for the crew. I picked up some briskets 3 of them from walmart. 2 of them were 15# and 1 10#. I was planning to smoke them for about 12 hrs at 210 to 230. That didnt happen. I set the temp at 220 with this smoker. I hadnt used this smoker before and trusted the gauge. I rubbed the brisket and put it in the chamber. I was there for about 3 hrs to make sure that the chamber temp would stay even. It did so I went to town to pick up plates and stuff i needed. I came back on the 5th hour of the smoke and decided to check the meat temp. It was at 195 I almost jumped out my shoes. I looked at the temp gauge and it said 220. Well to make a long story short. They were done in less than 6 hours. The meat was ok but had to pull. I checked the chamber with another thermometer and the camber at the grating was at 250 and the smoker gauge on top was at 210 Man I was ticked off. Bad guage i guess. If I would have come back after 8hrs that meat would have been burned. Close call today.
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I see abt's and a fattie but no brisket qview. They look great. Sorry the brisket didn't turn out as you excpected, but you learned a valuable lesson which is never trust the thermometer that comes with the smoker.
  3. bigsal51

    bigsal51 Smoke Blower

    sorry no brisket picks but the charo bean were a great backup too.
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That sucks. I've done quite a few briskets and I always cook @ 240 to 250F and have never had one done in 6 hours. The last one was a 12lber and took right at about 13 hours to cook at the above temps.
  5. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    At least you saved the day and the smoke. Better start carrying a therm in your tool belt.[​IMG]
  6. bigsal51

    bigsal51 Smoke Blower

    I am guessing it spicked up to 350 or so for it to cook that fast.

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