Thanks for the tips. Do you have smoke pouring out the stack the entire time?
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Not all the time. When I first put a stick of wood into my offset smoker it smokes for 30 minutes or so then it's just a light plume of smoke afterwards (for the next 45 min to hour) and then I'll put another stick on after an hour.
I get my fire going and let it cool back down to optimum temp before I put the brisket on, then I add one @ 3-5" thick/wide stick of wood at a time (minus the bark on the wood of course). Always clean the bark off the wood b/c it adds smoke, but it's a bitter smoke compared to the smoke the wood adds. Then I go out and check the firebox every hour and add wood as needed, but never more than 1 stick at a time. That will provide the perfect amount of heat and smoke but not get TOO hot which is your greatest enemy for a slow and low cook.
I wish I had some pics to show but I don't.....All my brisket cooking pics were destroyed in the wildfires we had a couple of years ago and I haven't made new ones because I'm embarrassed about the condition of my BBQ pit....It no longer has wheels and I had to put a piece of metal in the bottom of it b/c the bottom rusted out due to I guess the heat from the wildfire.
The big thing with a brisket is to be patient. When the internal temp reaches 170*, that's when it starts to break down inside. The temp usually hangs there for awhile. I've had some hang at 170 for hours, and others glide right through.
Just be patient and keep your fire at 225-250 tops, drink some beer, and wait it out.Don't raise the fire temperature to compensate.
Once the temp starts to climb from 170* it can shoot up pretty quickly, so keep a close eye from there on out.
When the internal temp hits 185-190* (if slicing), or 200- 205* (if chopping) I pull it off, foil it up tightly, wrap it in a heavy towel or drop it in a small insulated cooler, and let it rest for an hour or so.
I've had similar sized briskets on the smoker at the same time, and have had them finish up hours apart. A clock is useless when it comes to BBQ.
A remote temp probe so you can keep an eye on it from the outside is nice. A wireless one so you can take a nap on the couch is even nicer.
Learn how to make burnt ends also..they make great sammiches.
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Had a couple of moments where the smoker temp climbed up to 300/310 degrees but I quickly lifted the lid and let some heat out. It's critical to keep a close eye on temps. I noticed when we sliced one brisket it was moist but after it sat on the platter some of the slices dried out within 15 minutes. I think next time I smoke Brisket I'll go 8 hours and then bring it in and use the turkey roaster to finish it at 200 degrees?
One mistake we made was the water pan was to far away from the fire box, I don't think that did us any good? The brisket was awesome though.
Oh yeah absolutely, if you slice it up it'll dry out after only a few minutes.
Also, judging by the pics it looks like you pretty much nailed in the tenderness.....Looks like it'll pull apart easily. Looks similar to what mine looks like except that when I slice mine the juices are literally running out of the unsliced piece of meat (between the flat and the point where the fat ribbon is) and my slices fresh off the big hunk 'o meat are a little wetter looking. Don't let that get you down, yours look great and I'd eat it and trust me when I say I am a brisket snob.
Lastly, somebody posted about making burnt ends.....YES YES YES YES. Burnt ends. If I could do an entire brisket that was nothing but burnt ends I would. So much smokey goodness.......*drooooooollllllllll*
Brisket looks good bud, keep it up and remember perfection comes with practice so keep making 'em. It's a hard slab of meat to cook well, but so worth the trouble.
Personal experience with the turkey roasting oven; 8-10 hours on the pit (not foiled), then put a rack in the turkey roasting oven and about an inch and a half or so of water (or maybe beef broth....Hmm, I just thought of that, might be good) but yeah, put it in the turkey roasting oven at 200-225 for another 5-6 hours depending on the size of the brisket and it'll be as tender and flavorful as anything you've ever had.
The only down side from the turkey roasting oven is that the bark on the outside of the brisket gets soft and squishy but still retains the same taste.