After reading about about and seeing all the beautiful briskets that everyone has done, I decided to try one. I bought a small 4 lb brisket flat since it was my first one and all and prepped it for smoking last Sunday. I just got my new Maverick ET-732 (thanks Todd at A-MAZE-N Products!) and figured this would be the perfect project to break it in on. It all started out well for the first 4 hours and then WAM! I hit the dreaded stall at 145°! It started right when it started to rain. I wouldn't have started it if I knew it was going to rain but it never rains here in California so I wasn't concerned with that. Anyway, at hour 4, it starts to rain and continues to rain. At hour 8 (when I was planning to pull it out), it's still at 145°. The wife is tapping her foot, the kids are hungry. What am I to do? So, I decide that I better foil it. Within 30 minutes, it gained 10° so I figured it's working. By hour 10 it's up to 182° so at the 11th hour (7PM Sunday evening) it hit 203°. I have to say, it was well worth the wait! It was fabulous! I will try another one but will start a little earlier next time! Thanks to all for the information and help here in SMF! I couldn't have done it without you!
Oh, I used yellow mustard then Jeff's rib rub and rested overnight in the frig. I spritzed every hour with a mixture of 1/2 cup apple juice to 1/4 cup of Kahlua. Smoked with mesquite wood. Good combo, will use it again!
Now, you'll have to excuse me. I'm going to have some left over brisket for dinner! Have a nice evening!
Now for the Q View!