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Mopping to begin soon! 175F.

Check out that color!
 
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Alright, a crazy day! Finally have some time for a post mortum!

Here is 50% of the people that showed up:
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Let's start off with what could clearly use improvement. That is the brisket:
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Essentlly, the fat on the top was not rendered enough. I think it could have got another 1-2 hours . However, it is MUCH better to have it this way than for it to be overcooked and dry, so I'm still cholking it up as a win, and a big time improvement. I think flipping it upside down after wrapping made sense from what I experienced first time to help cook the flat more, but honestly I wouldn't flip it upside down anymore and always keep it fat side up. Instead of a 13 hour cook I would honestly plan for a 15 hour cook on a 12.1LB brisket (untrimmed). My average temp was 255F which seems to be good. Any other tips? I may actually completely forgo wrapping next time and just lead it ride naked.

Pork butt:
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Couldn't have been better. I recommend just SPGing pork butt and to use beef woods. You will be impressed!

Ribs:
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Ribs were goe within 8 minutes. I think I only had one. Perfect tenderness, clean bite marks.
 
Here's a better pic of the brisket. It was still perfectly tender, juicy, and awesome. Just the fat cap wasn't rendered to where it should be:

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It was pretty weird though, because no where on the top did I leave the fat more than 1/2".

Maybe 1/4" should be the max. In that case, I could definitely trim much more next time, which I will do!
 
Normal philosophy on trimming is to eyeball fat trimming to 1/4". Regarding smoking temp, I usually run mine at 275º. Nice looking meal. I'd definitely fill up a plate and chow down.
 
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I'm cooking BBQ for the neighborhood. Well, not for the entire neighborhood, but my family that's relocating up here as well.

I want to knock it out of the park. It will be my second attempt at brisket. My first attempt was perfect, until I held it in a warming oven that was reading too high for 12 hours. Instead of it being 150, it was 190. This time, I will not make that mistake again and will use a meater while it is in the oven with an alarm.

I got a pork butt, 3 st louis ribs, and a brisket. No screwing around here! I'm really not happy about having to stay up overnight, but I'm not sure of how else to do it. Really want to keep my pellet grill out of it. Wood-smoked only, with using my Weber Smokey Mountain as a crutch to gain more space.

Food to be served on Sunday at 5PM.

Please take a look at my schedule and critique it. I don't want to take any shortcuts if it impacts the quality. However, if there's an obvious shortcut I'm missing, please let me know.

Saturday - Saturday Night:

BRISKET
  • 7PM- Start brisket on Oklahoma Joe
  • 2AM- (estimated) wrap brisket and place in WSM w/ meater alarm.
2:30-5:30AM (estimated) SLEEP

Sunday

BRISKET
  • 5:30AM- (estimated) Remove brisket from WSM and place in warming oven w/ meater alarm. Hold until 5PM @ 150F
PORK BUTT
  • 6AM- Start Pork butt on Oklahoma Joe
  • 11AM - (estimated) wrap
  • 2PM - (estimated) finish. Hold in warming oven.
ST Louis Ribs
  • 8AM- Add Ribs to Okalhama Joe w/ Pork Butt
  • 12PM - (estimated) wrap
  • 2PM - (estimated) rest

Basically, I'm able to give myself 3 hours of sleep total.
I haven't read through all of the responses, but I would just finish the brisket/butt the night before and put in holding oven at 140 until you want to cut it the next day. I've held briskets for a couple days at 140 and they're perfect every time. Just make sure when you pull from the smoker that you let temp come down before throwing in a preheated oven. That can result in overcooking it.
Here's a better pic of the brisket. It was still perfectly tender, juicy, and awesome. Just the fat cap wasn't rendered to where it should be:

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The internal fat looks like it rendered perfectly, and the flat doesn't look like it dried out too much. How long was the rest period? I've found that the most important thing to a brisket cook is pulling at the right time and letting it rest for a long time. I pull mine a little before they're probe tender all the way through, because I like to let them rest for at least 4 hours. During that time the carryover cook will get you where you want to be without drying out the flat. What I do now is finish my briskets the night before I want to serve and let them sit in a warming oven at 140 until I'm ready to slice.
 
I haven't read through all of the responses, but I would just finish the brisket/butt the night before and put in holding oven at 140 until you want to cut it the next day. I've held briskets for a couple days at 140 and they're perfect every time. Just make sure when you pull from the smoker that you let temp come down before throwing in a preheated oven. That can result in overcooking it.

The internal fat looks like it rendered perfectly, and the flat doesn't look like it dried out too much. How long was the rest period? I've found that the most important thing to a brisket cook is pulling at the right time and letting it rest for a long time. I pull mine a little before they're probe tender all the way through, because I like to let them rest for at least 4 hours. During that time the carryover cook will get you where you want to be without drying out the flat. What I do now is finish my briskets the night before I want to serve and let them sit in a warming oven at 140 until I'm ready to slice.

The rest was from 7AM to 9:30AM. Then it went into a 145F warming oven from 9:30AM til about 5:30PM.

Next time instead of staying up all night, I can do pork butt/brisket at noon and finish by 2AM. Let it rest for 6-7 hours while I sleep, then just wake up and throw it in the warming oven until serving. Easy peazy.

I cooked the brisket to 197F or so (flat probed).
 
Everything looks great fender and looks like a good variety of sauces in the mix.
Love the Kosmos and Blues Hog.

Have you tried finishing sauce for the pulled pork?

Keith
 
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