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Longest....smoke......ever

Postby TX1911 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:21 am

Almost a year ago, our team donated a cook to one of our local Ducks Unlimited Chapters. The first time we set up the cook, Harvey rolled through and derailed those plans. It was rescheduled to Saturday. Friday, they called and cancelled. Meat was bought and thawed, so I cooked anyway. I had offered to cook for some neighbors as well since the pit was going.

There must have been something in the air. Had to be. Nothing else makes sense.

Up at 3:30 to light the pit (charcoal to get the oak lighted)
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Pit was ready by 4:30, so the briskets went on.

10lb HEB Prime 1 - mustard slather and the last of the cactus dust in the house
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12.5lb Kroger Select (neighbor brought it) - mustard slather and SPG
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The cook progressed extremely well throughout the morning. The only exception is the fuel consumption was high due to winds. But I had a probe at grate level monitoring temps and it clung pretty close to 265 all day.

Ribs went on at 10am. I only got pictures of 2 of the full spares (cooked 4); and the lone baby back - All with mustard slather and Hog Waller
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Now comes the odd part. As I mentioned, the temperature at grate level stayed pretty close to my target for the majority of the day. I expected the briskets to be done sometime between 4pm and 6pm, if not sooner. I'm firmly entrenched in the "they're done when they're done" camp, but this cook almost broke me. The spares finished on time, and came off about 4, but I didn't take any pictures. The baby back took a lot longer than anticipated. It came off at 5:30, for a 7.5 hour cook. I usually run baby backs less than 5 hours.

Now, the briskets. You'd expect 8-10 hours @ 265 for a 10lb brisket, right? That sucker didn't come off the pit until 9:30pm. 17hrs. Now, it was delicious, well, the bite I had (too late for any more). I still was cognizant enough to snap a picture while I sliced it for the vacuum sealer.

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At that point, the other brisket was holding steady at 183 internal. Thinking it was a thermo problem, I changed units and slightly moved the location on the flat. Same temp.

So I just let it roll. Until 11:30. For a cook time of 19 hours. :shock: I didn't get a picture of it due to some personal things within the family Saturday night, and the fact that I was darned tired.

In looking back, it was a very low humidity day, so I'm thinking that could have played a roll. Unfortunately, I have no idea if that's right, or whatever could have taken so long. All in all, it was a fun day, as is any day I get to light the big pit and cook, but I've never been so frustrated with a cook! In the end, I churned out the two briskets, 4 full racks of spares, the rack of baby backs and (not pictured) a S&P turkey breast on the pellet grill, since I maxed out the offset.

Anyway, thanks for looking!
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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby Rambo » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:02 pm

I had the same problem on the same day(refer to Easter Menu Tread) Took me 17 hours on the brisket and 6 on the BB's. I was exhausted
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Postby Boots » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:27 pm

For an 8-10 hour brisket, I generally have to average 300 degrees. They just won't give up the fight sooner otherwise.
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Postby bsooner75 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:37 pm

It might have frustrated you but that brisket looks outstanding!


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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby TX1911 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:41 pm

That's what got me. I expected 10, planned for 12 (well, 13.5 to have them done by dinner), but ended up with 17 and 19, respectively. I've not had such difficulty in the past. Both briskets hit the normal stall around 160. Then, they seemed to have a secondary stall at 183. :dont:

As mentioned, they tasted great, so all's well. Just odd that Rambo had the same issue on the same day, as did smokermike with his pork (at least it sounds similar). I'm going to chalk it up to the lack of humidity and file it away!
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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby OldUsedParts » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:21 pm

"When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets and BBQ will take Forever to Cook" :rose: :rambo: :drunk: :oops: :laughing7:
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Postby TX1911 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:00 pm

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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby GTR » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:03 pm

I got nearly the same story as TX1911. 10#er went 15 hours. Standard 160 stall and then stalled again at 180. Was 2.5 hr. first stall and yet another 2.5 hr. the second time. It also was 3-3.5 hr. between stalls running 270. After so many of us having the same experience I'm voting humidity.
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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby SmokerMike7715 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:24 pm

I had a Boston Butt stall at 150 internal temp for 7 hours March 31st-April 1st cook. Started at 7pm Saturday pulled off smoker 18 hours later
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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby Rambo » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:36 pm

This is a strange thread
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Postby bsooner75 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:43 pm

Rambo wrote:This is a strange thread



I’m scared to read it…afraid it may curse my next brisket cook :)


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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby OldUsedParts » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:48 am

Just take 5 Rib bones and on a full moon night form them in the shape of an Arrow - place outside pointing towards Ft. Bend County and dance around them singing this song. :texas: :chef: :texas: :chef: :texas: :chef: :texas:
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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby Txdragon » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:53 am

"it's done when it's done" can be a method much like, "til death do us part"; and take......
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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby OldUsedParts » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:59 am

Aww Man, did you have to go and compare BBQ to Marriage :?: :banghead: :dont: :whiteflag:
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Re: Longest....smoke......ever

Postby Txdragon » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:26 am

OldUsedParts wrote:Aww Man, did you have to go and compare BBQ to Marriage :?: :banghead: :dont: :whiteflag:

Well, there's good smokes and bad ones.. Then there's... Well, you get the idea!!
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