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18 lb brisket, only 16 hours?

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Smoked my first full packer brisket last night, 18.5 lbs. Straight from the fridge to the smoker (not pre-heated) at 3:30 saturday afternoon, because I was figuring about 20-24 hours. Temp set to 215. This morning when I got up at 7, the flat was at 190, the point at 180 -- only 16 hours from cold meat & cold smoker to done!

I know, smoke to temp, not time... you're all right, it works, I do. But 16 hours for such a big packer? Is that as unusual as I think?

My smoker is a cabelas electric, I supplement with charcoal, and I use a PID temp controller. I also double check the temp with a spare meat probe... all was fine, so I dont think my temps were off.

Well, the flats in a cooler, the ends are back in the smoker now. The good news is I had brisket for breakfast, will have a massive sandwich for lunch shortly, burnt ends during the games this afternoon, more for dinner... Not complaining mind you, but sometimes it makes it hard to plan meals.
post #2 of 7
With an electric smoker keeping a fairly consistent temp over long periods of time, your brisket may have cooked faster than others that may have used a stick-burner or charcoal fueled rig.
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You did have water/sand in the pan?? icon_wink.gif
post #4 of 7
Did a 14 pound brisket in 10 hours recently in the drum. It happens. Sometimes they just surprise ya.

That's what the cooler is for. biggrin.gif The cooler is your friend.

post #5 of 7
I know that beef smokes alot faster but 18.5 smoke in 16 hours thats fast and it does happen to. I smoke a 12+ lber Sirloin Roast one time in like 6 hours or so.
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Was it a left hand or a right hand brisket? Left handers cook faster than right handers, steers lay on their right sides if I remember correctly and the meat toughens more.
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Sorry about this, I couldn't resist!! My mind just jumps to conclusions sometimes......... Here goes....

So what is the steer is ambidextrous?biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Maybe it wasn't that funny, but when I read your post it was the first thing to come to mind.
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