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Cooking temps

wilk7j

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I'm just curious here. Why do we cook a brisket to 190 IT for slicing when the chart that came with my maverick says medium well is 150ish. Same for a boston butt pull at 205 It but my chart says 160 for well done.
 

WaterinHoleBrew

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Maybe some of the other folks can jump in here, but to my understanding these cuts have a lot of connective tissue inside and it takes low and slow up to those higher temps to break it all down. Someone correct me if I'am wrong here but that's my understanding. WHB
 

kc5tpy

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Hello.  Rely on that chart as you would rely on the therm that came with the unit.  In my opinion brisket just can't be served rare or medium well.  Brisket just has to be cooked to death.  It NEEDS that time to become tender.  It is probably medium well at 150ish but it doesn't say it will be a good tender slice of beef.  Only my opinion.  Others may think differently.  Keep Smokin!

Danny
 

matt22556

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Those temps are safe temps. Pulled pork temp is 190 to pull out of the smoker and wrap for and camber for at least 30 min then pull.
 

wilk7j

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Thanks for the info. Sounds like its as much about tenderness. Makes sense with those two cuts.
 

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