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11 hours for 4 pound brisket

Bobby Strange

Joined Dec 30, 2019
I picked up a brisket today after church...mixed up a rub and tossed that bad boy in the oven at 2pm...figured I’d slow cook it at 250 degrees for about 5 hours...that didn’t happen...the thing got stuck at 151 degrees for 4 hours, I kid you not...I never heard of the brisket stall...poor family had to have sandwiches for dinner...but it’s now midnight and it just finished it’s 25 minute rest...I just made a delicious midnight snack before bed...just wondering if anyone has any tips on how to avoid this stall in the future...this is probably my 5th or 6th brisket and I’ve never had this problem before...thanks!


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Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Jun 23, 2011
Wrap it in foil when it hits the stall. This is called a "Texas Crutch". That will help it power thru the stall quicker.


Smoke Blower
Joined Jan 10, 2020
You can't really avoid the stall, just do your best to power through it. Like mneeley490 said, you can wrap it in aluminum foil (or pink butcher paper) to help it power through.


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Jun 10, 2008
Crank up the heat to 350-400* I've done tons of briskets hot and fast, no one can tell them apart from the 100% low and slow.

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