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Beef Brisket UDS - Help

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Need a bit of advice guys....

 

Started a 10.5 lb Packer last night on the UDS at 9pm.  It is now 10:40am. Almost 14 hours in.   Smoker temps ranged from the low 200's up past 250.  I headed to bed last night at 1am and the Meat temp was at 160.  While I slept the UDS dropped in temp to 175 degrees.  Not sure how long it was like that.   I woke up at 5:30 this morning and the meat temp was at 170 degrees.  I Foiled the brisket and put it back on. 

 

All temps are being measured with a maverick ET-732

 

Here is my issue. 

 

I am having a heck of a time keeping the UDS holding at a desired temp of 225.  I have 3 vents, one of which is a ball valve.   I uncap one vent and the temp climbs rapidly up past 225 in a matter of a half hour.  Re-cap the vent and open the ball valve....temp falls south of 200 in a half hour. 

 

As of now the brisket is at 200 degrees and the chamber temp is at 215.  It seems to be holding now.  Obviously dinner isnt for 5-6 hours.... what should I do?

 

Can I hold the Brisket in the smoker at a lower chamber temp (Maybe 185) and let it sit at 200 for a few more hours?  

 

Should I pull it off the smoker now and throw it in the cooler with towels and hope that it is still warm in 6 hours?  (I have guests coming for dinner) 

 

 

Not sure what to do at this point.  Looking for the brisket to be juicy and tender for pulling. 

 

Suggestions... I guess i didnt plan my timing correctly.  

 

Thanks

Jeff

post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by brisketbandit View Post

Need a bit of advice guys....

 

Started a 10.5 lb Packer last night on the UDS at 9pm.  It is now 10:40am. Almost 14 hours in.   Smoker temps ranged from the low 200's up past 250.  I headed to bed last night at 1am and the Meat temp was at 160.  While I slept the UDS dropped in temp to 175 degrees.  Not sure how long it was like that.   I woke up at 5:30 this morning and the meat temp was at 170 degrees.  I Foiled the brisket and put it back on. 

 

All temps are being measured with a maverick ET-732

 

Here is my issue. 

 

I am having a heck of a time keeping the UDS holding at a desired temp of 225.  I have 3 vents, one of which is a ball valve.   I uncap one vent and the temp climbs rapidly up past 225 in a matter of a half hour.  Re-cap the vent and open the ball valve....temp falls south of 200 in a half hour. 

 

As of now the brisket is at 200 degrees and the chamber temp is at 215.  It seems to be holding now.  Obviously dinner isnt for 5-6 hours.... what should I do?

 

Can I hold the Brisket in the smoker at a lower chamber temp (Maybe 185) and let it sit at 200 for a few more hours?  

 

Should I pull it off the smoker now and throw it in the cooler with towels and hope that it is still warm in 6 hours?  (I have guests coming for dinner) 

 

 

Not sure what to do at this point.  Looking for the brisket to be juicy and tender for pulling. 

 

Suggestions... I guess i didnt plan my timing correctly.  

 

Thanks

Jeff



I would take the brisket out and wrap it put ina cooler.  I guarantee you when you take it out it is still going to be to hot to handle.  You are going to lose some of the firmness of the brisket but it Will still be Delicious,

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks ECT01.  Appreciate the advice.  The Packer is still holding at 200.  Do you think I can let it sit in the drum until 205 and then put it in the cooler with towels?  I just want to make sure that I can pull it (Shred it) for Sandwiches around 5pm or so.  It is now 11:20am.  Definitely want to make sure I dont dry it out...  That is my biggest fear.  As I said, it is wrapped in foil now.. 

 

Thanks

Jeff

post #4 of 13

Yea no big deal let it go.  Remember that it will continue to raise in temp in the cooler far a little bit before it goes back down.  But you will be fine taking it to 205 to 210 on the drum.  When I smoke brisket on my drum a lot of times I will add a water pan to help keep temps consistant.

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks alot....  I was getting a bit worried....  I feel better now!   biggrin.gif  Thanks again for the advice...  When I finally finish it up, I will try and post some Qview for everyone.   I cant wait!!!  

 

Jeff

post #6 of 13

Qview sounds great,

I'll be waiting to see itpopcorn.gif

post #7 of 13

Sounds good!

 

Slide over a little, Rap!

 

popcorn.gif

 

 

Bear

post #8 of 13

Got a seat for me?  popcorn.gif

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

Got a seat for me?  popcorn.gif



Of course!

 

You brought the beer, right?!?!

 

Bear

post #10 of 13

beercheer.gif I have the Beer....... 

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

Got a seat for me?  popcorn.gif



Me too Me too

 

post #12 of 13

Sheeesh!

 

If this keeps up, we'll have to set up bleachers !!

post #13 of 13

I don't see the problem here?  You got foil, towels, and a cooler?

 

I don't like bleacher seats, but if you got Q and beer, where do I get a ticket?

 

Good luck and good smoking.

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