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High temperature stall

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I decided to cook my first 13 lb packer brisket over the weekend   Things didn't go just as planned.  I started out Sat at 6 PM.  Room temp brisket, trimmed the fat lightly and scored, applied the dry rub.  I have a heavy gauge offset smoker.  The smoker was around 240 F.  I usually have to tend the fire every 30 mins to an hour to keep it hot and steady - which is fine until about 3 am when I got tired.  At 3 AM the internal temp hit 160, so I wrapped the brisket in foil.  I took the Maverick remote inside and took cat nap.  Oops.  I woke at 8 AM.  The BBQ temp had dropped to140.  The internal meat temp was now 135. 

I fired the BBQ back up to 250.  By Sun at 4 PM it the internal meat temp was 179.  At 7 PM, I hit 189.  I couldn't get it to 190 which was my target.  Instead over the next 2 hrs it dropped to 187, then 185.  I gave up at 930 Pm and pulled it. I drained the juices from the foil and put it in a cooler a couple hours.  Then I put it in the fridge.  I didn't even look at the thing.  

My main question is the high temp stall and temp drop.  Should I have left it on longer?  Just seemed like a long time.  Also to prep now - after 24 hours in the fridge - any suggestions? Thanks!

post #2 of 4

It is normal for large chunks of meat to stall when cooking, I have even heard of them hitting around 150 to 160 stalling and the temp actually dropping some, be 4 it goes back up, what kind of thermometers where you using for the smoker temps and the food? and have they been calibrated?


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I have the dial thermometer on the grill, but I also have the maverick with two probes.  haven't calibrated.  Not sure how.  I think the internal meat one is correct as I used it with another instant read and got the same results. 

post #4 of 4

boil some water and place the tip of the probe in it, not the whole probe cause they will short out if you get water in them


I don't know if you can use ice water you might get the LLL signal from the probe with the maverick


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