I don't know how it is for BBQ in the VA Bch./Tidewater area now but when I lived there in the 80's the only good "Q" came off my pit. Most of the general population don't know the difference between Good and Bad BBQ. I never consider Comp Q to be good BBQ it's to busy. Simple seasoning Heat & Meat rules. I Cook all my briskets around 300 IMO the absolute best temp for most meats. YOU CAN NOT COOK GREAT BBQ ON A CONSISTENT BASIS COOKING TO AN INTERNAL TEMP OR BY MIN PER POUND" Probe tender for brisket is the only reliable way to know when it is ready. Cook by feel!
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