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Old 06-12-2005, 09:28 AM   #1
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Looks like your off to a great start crusing! Keep the pictures coming!
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Old 06-12-2005, 09:53 AM   #2
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That flat looks mighty good! You are off to a good start! =D>
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:09 AM   #3
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Cruising, I'd check your pit temp in about 1/2 hr just to make sure it hasn't dropped, or stopped climbing too much. Once you know it's stable, then leave it alone.
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yeah getting stable is the only work involved, once you have it staying where you want it, it will ride that way for hours! Just relax after you get there! Make some tater salad!
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:39 AM   #5
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everything is good so far.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:40 AM   #6
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My first couple of cooks on my WSM, I thought something was wrong. That temp held so steady that I thought I was doing something wrong. Well now I know!
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:46 AM   #7
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Cruising,

It looks good. I'd put a heavier coating of rub on the brisket next time. It'll help with bark formation which will protect it from the heat.

Also I'd put the meat on after the temp stabilizes at 225 or so. What are you using for smoke?
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:48 AM   #8
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It is sitting right around 225 right now. I just adjusted the vents just a drop shut from where they were so hopefully it will sit at this temp.

The meat is already at 115 (it's been about 50 minutes since I started). [-o<
Meat temp will stop rising (fast) soon. Then it will crawl along. Then you'll think it is going too slow. It could drive a man to drink.
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I'll dring to that! =D>
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:59 AM   #10
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You can close the top some if you need to. But try not to go past 1/2 closed. Not that far if you don't have to.
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Well the temp was still rising and at 229 I closed 2 of the 3 vents. I didn't want it over 230 since it is such a small flat and I haven't enough rub for a protective bark.

It is sitting at 229/230 right now. Meet temp is 126. Crossing my fingers

Hopefully the temp will stick where it is now for another hour. If not, I'll close the 3rd vent but still leave the top open. Any suggestions if the temp inches to the 240 mark after half more hour?
Close all the bottom vents down. If temps keep rising start closing top vents partially, but never fully. The temps will stabilize. I always start with the bottom vents closed. If you get too much air down there, you'll accelerate the firing up of the unlit coals which will raise the temps. When the temps start dropping below the desired range, which they won't during this cook, start opening the bottom vents slightly. It's fun, just experiment
a little. Your the best judge.
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Yes it always happens. Can be anywhere from 140 -170
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The plateau should happen, especially if you get the temps stabilized but it's different with every brisket. Most of the briskets I've cooked are in the 10+#
range and have tended to plateau in the high 150's to mid 160's. You might want to spritz it with some apple juice if it plateaus to keep the outside from drying. Regardless I'd wrap it in foil when it gets to those temps.
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This cook, mine was right at 150*. Been there a long time now. Brisket is finally moving to 159*, butt is still at 154*.
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Paul Kirk said on one his BBQ tapes that the most important thing to good BBQ is consistent temps. He stressed trying to keep your temps within a 5 degree range. So pick a temp. If it's 225 try to keep within 5 degrees of that temp. If it dips below 220 or above 230 adjust vents accordingly. Sounds like your getting the hang of it though. Just make your adjustments sooner.
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Crusing, just remember that with the bottom vents, a little adjustment can go a long way. Give all adjustments some time to stabilize, not just 3 or 4 minutes.
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Sounds like you have a pretty good plan going.
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Looks good Cruising. I think you'll have a tasty brisket there. When it gets to 180-185 pull it from the WSM and let it rest a couple of hours. That's the hardest part of the cook, the waiting, but it will give the meat a chance to rise to 190-195 without overcooking and the juices to redistribute throughout the meat. Most competitions want 1/4" slices but cut it any thickness you like. For sandwiches I like it thinner.

Another piece of equipment you might want to consider getting is a foodsaver. Will allow you to vaccum pack your leftovers. Keeps fresh indefinitely if frozen. No air, no freezer burn. Then drop the bag into a pot of boiling water, cook for a few minutes and when you cut the bag open it will smell just like the day you cooked it.
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Old 06-12-2005, 02:00 PM   #19
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I'd foil it now. Spritz it and add a little juice before you wrap. Cook to 185 internal temp and pull from smoker.

If you don't foil, definitely spritz each hour. Without a bark, you'll need to keep it moist. Definitely foil when you pull brisket from smoker. Wrap in towel. Put it in cooler.
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You did great Cruising. Got a very nice smoke ring too. Looks moist.

For the small brisket you had, I think you had great results. Next time try a whole packer brisket 10-13 lbs. Get yourself some Texas BBQ rub too. It'll be great and so moist that the juices will be oozing out of it when you slice it.

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