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Old 12-31-2010, 05:34 PM   #1
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I'm smoking a small 3.62lb flat on the Weber, and I put it on at 11:30 this morning. Well about an hour ago it was at 160* and hovering. No problem, I've had this happen before. BUT now the temp has dropped to 154 within the past 20 minutes. My weber has been cruising at 225-250 the whole time too.

Is this normal? I have only done a handful of briskets and this is the first time I've had the internal temp drop off like that. Should I just press on? Suggestions?

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Old 12-31-2010, 05:35 PM   #2
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BTW, I stuck an instant read into it as well to double check the temp, and it was tough going in.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:41 PM   #3
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It happens. This is when all of the collagen is breaking down, and releasing a lot of liquid, and that can make the temp go down. At this point I usually foil a flat, with 1/4 cup of beef broth, then start probing at about 190*. Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:42 PM   #4
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thanks. I was about to just go ahead and foil it.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:54 PM   #5
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It happens. This is when all of the collagen is breaking down, and releasing a lot of liquid, and that can make the temp go down. At this point I usually foil a flat, with 1/4 cup of beef broth, then start probing at about 190*. Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:57 PM   #6
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Foiled it and put some beef broth in with it, and since it has gone up to 165* Looks like dinner will be a little later than planned, but it's all good!

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Old 12-31-2010, 08:14 PM   #7
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we have success! didn't really get an awesome smoke ring, but the texture and flavor were spot on.

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Nce job.
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Looks good
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:33 PM   #10
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Congrats! Looks good!
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A smoke ring and $1.89 will get you a cup of coffee at Denny's. It's the flavor that counts. Glad it worked out.
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Everything looks great including the ring.
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:05 AM   #13
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That looks way better than my first few briskets. Congrats.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:33 AM   #15
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Nice job on the brisket! Those small flats are harder to get right than a whole packer. Yours looks great!

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