i do the same thing captian. i use my polder oven/meat thermo for my steaks lol get a good sear on em and stick the probe and wait till it hits 135, works well for me. i used to over cook all the time. for briskets i use my polder as well and stick the prob in the thickest part of the flat. once it hits about 185-190 i start poking around every so often to find that butter feeling. was at 191 today when i pulled the brisket out. it came out good. wish i would have foiled it though. was just a tad dry. what i get for oversleeping
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