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ITT 250 11-27-2012 04:06 PM

Flat question while in cook 5hrs in 185F? Help
so, I'm resisting every temp to tinker with it and just leave it alone. I refilled the smoker, with coals, 250F all day long. It looks good so far. Still no budda jiggle or slide ding in n out like butter.

1.Should I wrap it?

2.leave it alone ( I'd like a nice black bark)

3. Put it in a cooler?

4. Flip it?

It's only a flat, that's why I ask. I'm following the awesome tutorial that comes up when you search. This is my 2nd one. First time it was dry


chad 11-27-2012 04:09 PM

Now, this is just my view: I'd have foiled it at 165 or so. The longer it sits at 185 internal at 250 cook temp the more it's going to dry out. However YMMV! Oh, a flat does not jiggle unless its maybe wagyu :mrgreen:

ITT 250 11-27-2012 04:27 PM

Thx to the tip. I re poked it and its at 160F I foiled it and warped in a blanket, stuck in cooler. Still have to weber going just in case

centexsmoker 11-27-2012 04:30 PM

you need to put it back on now. 160 is when people wrap but they leave it on until 190-205 ish. You are not going to get a jiggly flat so dont wait for that.

gtr 11-27-2012 04:30 PM

I neither cook flats nor foil, but if I were you I'd keep it wrapped in the foil and throw back on the heat until it probes tender.

BBQ Bandit 11-27-2012 04:30 PM


Originally Posted by ITT 250 (Post 2282305)
Thx to the tip. I re poked it and its at 160F I foiled it and warped in a blanket, stuck in cooler. Still have to weber going just in case

Pulled at 160? Afraid you'll be disappointed.
Needs longer time - somewhere between 185-205 will reveal tenderness.

ITT 250 11-27-2012 04:31 PM

Will do. Thx guys! Man I love this forum, if only everything had this speedy service!

smokainmuskoka 11-27-2012 04:43 PM

I think if your flat's internal temperature is 160F your need to keep it in the cooker(foil wrapped at this stage) until it's closer to 200F, when it should be tender, then rest it in the cooler.
I usually prep the cooler with hot water, dump the water, then wrap the foiled brisket ina towel I've pre-heated in the clothes dryer. Let it rest for an hour or 2 , at least.
You mentioned Weber - are you using a kettle or a WSM?
The last 2 briskets I did, I let them go to 205F. I had them cooking in a disposable foil pan so I could keep the juice and drizzle it over the sliced brisket when serving.
Welcome to the forum and good luck with your cook. It's nice to see another Torontonian on board.

ITT 250 11-27-2012 04:50 PM

Wow. Awesome. I put it back in the cooker. I am using a weber kettles with a smokenator. Been 250 on the dome temp all day long, so about 240 grill. I put it back in the cooker. It was only off for about 2 min.

ITT 250 11-27-2012 04:51 PM

Hey Muskoka, where can I get a whole pack brisket in T.O.?.? 8.2 million people in the Golden Horseshoe and I can find one.

smokainmuskoka 11-27-2012 05:02 PM

I've heard from a friend in Vaughan that he gets them at Costco, but he may just be getting flats. I'm sure with all the BBQ restaurants starting up in TO, a decent butcher shop will either have packers of various weights, or can get them with a bit of notice. Try Kensingtom Market Or St Lawrence Market. There's someplace in Parkdale too, but the name escapes me.
I moved to Huntsville 10 years ago, but I still work in the city 4 days a week. I got my last 2 8lb briskets from a guy in Gravenhurst. I did both on my 22.5" kettle, and they turned out mighty fine.

ITT 250 11-27-2012 05:03 PM

Thx! I'm in aurora

captndan 11-28-2012 08:46 AM

^^^ Like Bandit said ^^^ I would also question the accuracy of the thermometer.

ITT 250 11-28-2012 09:51 AM

Well Here she is. im not doing flats anymore. I follow th recipes on here and there for whole packers. I tasted great, but was dry. Thankfully when i was in Dallas i got some Cousins Brisket sauce.

Pls Comment as i learn tons from you guys.

My thermo pen said 180 after 5hrs. I foiled it after the comments of just leaving it on. 165 after 2hrs in foil on the cooker. Total cook time 7hrs.

Smoke ring was awesome

Still tasted great, but dry. Oh well, theres always next time.

Skidder 11-28-2012 09:58 AM

Next time if you ever do another flat try adding some beef broth if you foil. Doesn't do much for the bark but in may help it from drying out.

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