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Brisket temp not rising!

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
So I have a small flat brisket. Only 3 lbs it's been on for 5 hours now been btwn 225and. 250 the whole time. The temp is stuck at 147 for a while now. It was actually at 160 one point and the temp went down. I havnt been messing with it at all! I'm using a maverick to measure grate temp and meat temp
post #2 of 19

That is pretty small for a brisket, but you may be experiencing the stall. That is the normal process at which tough collagens in the meat fibers render into tender gelatins. In larger cuts, it can last as long as a few hours before the temp starts to rise again. Just keep an eye on it. You may want to moisten the meat with some sort of liquid at this point to keep it from drying out.

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
It's not a full brisket. Just the flat. Weighed after the fat was trimmed
post #4 of 19

Did you trim off all the fat? Most folks leave around 1/4" of fat to render into the meat and keep it moist. If there is no fat left, you can always drape some bacon on top to do the same.

post #5 of 19

Ah the dreaded stall. You can read about it hear about it even anticipate it. But until you experience it !!!!!! 


Yup meat can and usually does goes down in temp during the "stall" while cooking in the 225 range. Some will raise the temp 50 degrees or more to power through. Your call.

post #6 of 19
I would take IT reading in a few different places... and let it ride....
post #7 of 19
Originally Posted by JckDanls 07 View Post

I would take IT reading in a few different places... and let it ride....


Same here. For a 3 lb. piece, I wouldn't want to jack the temp up. Too easy to overshoot.

post #8 of 19

Patience grasshopper, patience!

post #9 of 19

EXACTLY , KEVIN.....:biggrin:

post #10 of 19

Smoky, I'd let it ride if you could.  Temps will start increasing again and the brisket will get done.   That said, if you are in a hurry, wrap it in foil and put it back on the smoker.   This will accelerate the cooking, but you'll end up with a softer bark.

post #11 of 19

I'm having the same problem right now with a 4.5lb brisket.  Stuck at 142* for a while and smoking at 225-240*.  I've head of this "stall" and I'm just going to wait it out.  It's been on the smoker for nearly 5 hours.  I spray it about every half hour with beef broth and also injected it before hand.  It's my first brisket so we'll see how it goes.

post #12 of 19

Every time you guys open your smoker you are adding about 20-30 minutes of cooking time.  Patience is the key on these babies.....grab a beverage of choice and relax.....the Brisket will be done when it's good and ready to be done :biggrin:



post #13 of 19

I'm giving it a quick spray in fear of it drying out.  My temp drops about 10* but heats back up after 2 minutes.  I've done the same with ribs and they have come out great.  Believe me I'm in noooo rush.  Thanks for the input though.  I'm still somewhat new to the game.

post #14 of 19
I'm used to smoking 16 to 20 pound briskets so I can't really help you. Seems pretty small to stall though. I'd do like padronman says and keep your lid closed. Like Aron franklin says if your looken you ain't cooken.
post #15 of 19

I guess I'll keep my lid shut.... :icon_wink:

post #16 of 19
SMF, the only place folks can tell you to "keep your lid shut" and people say "that's a good idea!"
post #17 of 19

Don't worry about the moisture by leaving the lid shut and not spraying it or looking at it.


Believe me, unless you live in a really rough Hood , it'll be there when you want it . . .  and be juicy too :icon_exclaim:



This was not wrapped , had great Bark and was juicy as you can see :drool The Point fell off as I took it out , thus the foil . :cool:


have fun and . . .

post #18 of 19

That looks great!  I'm still working on mine.  IT at 158* after 7.5 hours.  Maybe should have started earlier but oh well.

post #19 of 19

Patience will be rewarded. Its really hard to do, I know because I am not a virtuous person. But, its what smoking is all about. No time table, no stress, no worrys, relax enjoy the afternoon however you please. In the yard, in the pool, on the deck, or have a drink and take a nap.


This is the ultimate example of the old adage, " A watched pot never boils".

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