I am doing 25 lbs of brisket to pull for the American Cancer Society.
So far my temps are hovering just below 225....I am having a little bit of trouble getting it to stay up but its been on for about an hour now...I am adding some charcoal to the bottom of the smoker as well as some big hickory blocks...
The first pic is just 3 of the 6 slabs I have. 4 are in the smoker and 2 are wrapped in foil in the oven.
I am trying to upload pics of everything but cant figure out how to resize the images...
If you have some apple juice or something you may want to consider spritzing. I like to use 3 parts apple juice to 1 part rum but alot of things will work. I spritz bout every hour after the first couple hours and feel it helps form bark. As far as plateau not all pieces will hit it but I find most do and theres no telling how long it will last from minutes to a couple hours just be patient don't turn up the heat and know its just part of the process.
The first pic is 3 of 6 slabs....
The second is the 4 slabs in the smoker.
The next couple are my set up with the pans of charcoal ready for me to light and prepare and the bag of hickory blocks that I soaked and am letting them dry.:PDT_Arm ataz_01_36:
Everything looks great! However, I noticed in your 4th picture a bottle of lighter fluid next to the bag of wood???? I'm hoping you didn't put lighter fluid on anything that was placed inside to fuel the smoker
Other than that - the charcoal trays are a neat idea.
There is no on track you just can't go by time cause ever piece of meat is different. You are doing well just be prepared for the dreaded plateau and don't get frustrated by it when and if it happens. Times are only for estimates and I usually add an hour or two because I'd rather have it in the cooler an extra hour or two than have people screamin "I'm Hungry"
Yeah.....so its been bouncing between 151-154 since my last post.....not frustrated, just keeping the fire going....I figure I'll see things rise within the last hour to hour and a half. So my guess will be around 8 pm tonight I should see it pick up. I am having a blast keeping this going though.