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jack vs

Original poster
Feb 13, 2011
I have a 3 shelf propane smoker and the first time I used it my beef brisket was dry. Should I use pan to maintain drippings? I am making turkey in three weeks & I am afraid of drying.  SOS - Help.
Welcome to SMF Jack. We need a little more info on what you did- such as how long you smoked the brisket, what part of the brisket was it (i.e: point, flat or packer) what was your chamber temps, and did you use a water pan.

Fist piece of advice is do not rely on the door thermometer. They are notoriously inaccurate!  Replace it with a tru-temp thermometer or use a dual probe digital thermo such as the Maverick.

Maintain your temps between 225°-250°, make sure that you keep the water pan full and plan on a long smoke. And yes, it perfectly all right to use a pan on the shelf below the brisket in order to catch the drippings. Skim off the fat and serve the au jus along side the meat.

Please stop by Roll Call and introduce yourself to the masses here.

Enjoy the smoke!
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Welcome to SMF lots of great people here and lots to learn.. have fun
Hi Jack!  Welcome aboard!  Do yourself a favor and sign up for the 5 day ecourse!  It is full of great information and it will help out a lot with questions you might have.  I know it helped me with my first smoke.  The folks on the forum are very friendly and helpful so don't be afraid to ask questions and don't forget the pictures!

Hello Jack and welcome aboard. Like others have suggested, sign up for the ecourse and learn how to use the search function just under the banner and you will find a wealth of information her to help you
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
Welcome to SMF Jack, glad to have you!  I would also recommend that you sign up for the FREE E-Course, I had been smoking for about 6 years when I got it and it helped me out with things I had never though about.  Use the Search Bar and the WIKI section to find particular information about things you have questions about and remember this, the only dumb question that you can ask here is the one that you do not ask!  Again, welcome and come back here often.


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First off welcome Jack to SMF. It sounds like you are not a newbie to smoking so I can't wait to see some of your Q and your equipment too. Now you'll like this place for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anythign that you need. So enjoy and remember this

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