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Thread Starter 
Hey guys, i just got a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker for christmas. i have so far smoked 2 beef tri tips, and a brisket. i used mesquite for the tri tip and hickory for the brisket. i guess this is more of a query than an introduction, so here goes:

i cut my brisket in half and gave it a good rub, it was 8.5lbs whole. i didnt trim any fat off of it, i just rubbed it and let it sit for about 2 days. i put it in the smoker this morning at about 10:00, temp was at 220* at 2:00 i decided i wanted one of those electric thermometers, so i went down to target with my gift card and got one. the old one i think was off (judging by how the tri tip turned out) when i got back i gave it a quick rinse and stuck it in the meat. it read 185! i thought, oh crud! its done 5 hours early! what to do!?!?!? so i put it in a baking dish, covered with foil and wrapped it in my wifes nice fleece blanketicon_cool.gificon_cool.gif - and stuck it in the cooler. dang baked beans arent even done!

ive read all over that the meat should reach a certain temp adn just hang up, im assuming that didnt happen here today. and now im hungry and i cant eat yet, because the company's not going to be here for another few hours!

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thanks for the help!


Edit: also, i have about 2 cups of liquid from the smoking, i want to make au jue out ofit, but i am a bit lost, any tips?
thanks again
post #2 of 15
Thomas welcome to SMF glad you joined us. You should check that new thermometer you just got to make sure its accurate. Get a pot of water boiling and carefully put the last inch or so of the probe into the water and it should read 212 or very close. Don't burn your hand holding the probe and don't submerge the whole probe. You can also check it in ice. As for the Au Jus put the juice in a measuring cup or something and place it in the freezer for a bit when the fat gels on top take it out and scrap the fat off then reheat the juice
post #3 of 15
and what piney said...........
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks guys! talked to a nice gentleman in the chat room that gave me some great advice!

post #5 of 15
First off welcome Thomas to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anything to do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #6 of 15
Welcome to SMF. You've come to the right place!
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks again guys, mballi, that brisket is almost done and i cant wait to cut into it! i would really be interested in how to smoke corned beef into pastrami... it just sounds amazing!

the au jue that came out of the brisket is a bit strong, any good tips on getting it in tip top shape?

thanks again!

post #8 of 15
Welcome to the SMF.
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Welcome, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

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post #10 of 15
Greetings and Welcome to the 'community'.

Enjoy your stay at
Settle in and have fun.
Any questions, plenty of experts... and make yourself at home.
post #11 of 15
Tom, you've made the right move. SMF welcomes you and your excitement over smoking. It's all good my friend.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks again guys! glad to be here. i will check out the 5 day e course, for sure!

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I am on day 3 of the 5 Day eCourse , thanks smf .
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Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #15 of 15
Wow you jump in with both feet huh! I was very cautious at first. But with the help of this forum you need not worry night or day the help is right at your fingertips. Smoke On!! PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif
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