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Brisket = All Burnt Ends

post #1 of 12
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Well, I destroyed a beautiful USDA Choice brisket last night . . . burnt it almost to a full crisp. After having done a larger one a week ago that I took to an IT too high, I was determined that I was gonna get this one 'just right.' It turned out 'just fright' . . . so much so that I won't embarrass myself or waste your time with Qview.

The bottom line is that I didn't pay careful enough attention to my ET-733. I set the alarm, but I must have accidentally turned it off. All went well for the first 2 hours or so. I put it on the smoke at about 9:15pm planning for it to smoke overnight. I laid a snake weave and set the Weber OTG up right for smoking. Got the fire up to temp before I put the brisket on. IT was behaving and chamber temp was OK. I went to bed about midnight knowing with a certainty that my Maverick would let me know if any temps got out of line. Apparently the chamber temp went way too high. I got up about 3:00am and took a peek at the Maverick. It was not good. I took the top off the Weber and saw that the coals had almost burned completely up. They should only have been about half burned after 6 hours. The brisket looked like a lump of coal.

I brought it in and wrapped it in foil and an old beach blanket, then went back to bed. When I checked it about 8:30 I knew I would only be able to save a small part of it and then only if I chopped it slathered it in sauce before eating it in sandwiches. It's almost good and mostly edible.

Oh well! Another lesson learned the old-fashioned way! hit.gif
post #2 of 12

Ruh Roh Reorge... :icon_cry: 

 

 

I clicked the link thinking you made the whole brisket into burnt ends...something I might do on a future smoke... :icon_mrgreen:

 

 

...not a crispy mass of... :icon_eek:

 

 

That's always my fear of overnighters...

post #3 of 12

Sometimes we rely to technology to much.

 

I am guilty of it too at times.

post #4 of 12
I feel your pain, brother.
post #5 of 12
That's what you call a nightmare!
post #6 of 12
Lemons to lemonade! What a great excuse to buy a WSM!biggrin.gif
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by b-one View Post

Lemons to lemonade! What a great excuse to buy a WSM!biggrin.gif

From your mouth to God's Ears! And to the finance department which thinks I already have too many cooking devices!

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Originally Posted by rabbithutch View Post


From your mouth to God's Ears! And to the finance department which thinks I already have too many cooking devices!

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:rotflmao::rotflmao:

post #9 of 12

It happens !!!   But I'll bet it doesn't happen to you again.

 

Gary

post #10 of 12
I have had similar issues with my maverick. I set the alarms correctly but sometimes it just doesn't sound. What temp did it get to out of curiosity.
post #11 of 12

Ohh no! Only us fellow smokers understand how horrible that feeling is standing there at 3am in front of smoker saying "Oh $hi+" when you relalized something serious has gone wrong. Good luck on the next go-round.

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Originally Posted by cracker1397 View Post

I have had similar issues with my maverick. I set the alarms correctly but sometimes it just doesn't sound. What temp did it get to out of curiosity.

220° F when I took it off.
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