Lesson #1 from this smoke.....
Time for easier breathing again...
This is more like what I wanted to see...IT is on the rise again:
After approx. 1 hour of 250*:
And a quick peek with a few shots of water added to the pans:
Extend the plateau by turning down the chamber temp when it starts...you idiot!!!!!!!!! LOLOLOL!!!!!!
8+ hour plateaus are not for the beginner, nor someone like me with some experience with it. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRY THIS AT HOME!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!! This should never be attempted by anyone in their right (or wrong) state of mind, because you won't have a right state of mind when it's over! LOL!!! I know I've said this once before on a smoke awhile back...I should be more careful what I ask for...I just might get it!
Seriously though, my lesson learned to pass on to others right here and now (just in case I forget in closing later) is to watch your drip pan sizing if you choose to use one. Carefully select one which doesn't protrude excessively outwards into the normal path of heated gases in the smoking chamber. It definately became an issue here, skewing my chamber thermometer readings, reducing efficiency of the smoker, and the worst part is that I didn't recognize it as being a strong possibility until long after the fact. I guess I was tossing too many variables into the picture and lost focus on what probably should have caught my attention much, much earlier.
I knew there would be something coming from this before it was over...and we're not even close to finished yet. So, I'll definately let you know of anything else happening...good, bad, planned or otherwise.
OK, so I'm just playing the waiting game now...at last...shrinkage and internal temps.
With the "extended" plateau being every bit as unforgiving as you could even have nightmares about, I have decided to play it safe...fat cap or not, wet smoke or not. I feel that pulling for separation and finishing will be in order @ 165-168* instead of higher temps. This, I feel is a special circumstance where the final product's outcome could be deteriorating rapidly beyond these temps. So, I gotta play it safe...
Oh my, I'm about dyin' for burnt ends already...7:36 AM here...about 7 or 8 more hours (MAYBE LESS?) to wait for crispy, smokey, juicy, marbled and carmelized....oops! Can you tell I'm tired already? Getting quite goofy, I think.
Of coarse, I'll follow up later when something changes....i THINK i'LL STILL BE STANDING TO SEE IT TO THE END...HAVING MUCHO TROUBLE TYPING NOW...Hand (oops) coordination is getting really lousy now...