I started my first brisket last night about 10:30 p.m. It was a 13.5 lb packer. I followed Jeff's method in prepping it for the smoker. I was guessing it would take, based on the formula, about 18-20 hrs. I have a 20 in Wichita model Yoder offset smoker. I kept the temp. between 220 and 240. I smoked it in an aluminum pan. I planned to slice it so I was looking for an internal temp of 195. At 2:00 p.m. it was at 197. I pulled it from the smoker, kept it in the pan with juices, put foil over the pan and placed it in the oven to hopefully stay warm until we are ready to eat at about 6:00 p.m.
So, the cook time was about 16 hrs. The question is, is it common for some to take a significant amount of time less than others?
I wish I could show you some Q-view but the digital camera is on the fritz and is not working.
Another question, is it alright to let it sit in the pan with the drippings until we eat? It appears to be pretty moist. When I pulled the probe juices ran out for about 2 minutes.
Any comments would be aprpeciated.