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Old 06-11-2013, 12:02 PM   #16
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Ok then. Go with more fat, finish to a temp instead of feel and you'll have the same problem next time.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:05 PM   #17
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I didn't say I was going to finish to a temp? I said I never WOULD have made it. My mind would have told me I missed the sweet spot and I woulda yanked it.

Now that I am researching more, I will ignore the temp completely.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:07 PM   #18
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210 ? I would have never made it to 210 lol. I would have panicked for sure and had it off. I really like this style of cooking. Way better than being up all dang night and wore smooth out by the time guest shows up. I am going to practice it again this weekend. I have to cook 500 pounds (roughly 30 briskets) of brisket for our annual VFD fundraiser in less than a month. Would like to have this down by then to use on that cook.
If you want to get it down, go get a cheap flat and do the night train brisket in the oven lesson that Pitmaster T outlines. It will show you the perfect "feel" for finishing a brisket. If you don't want to ruin those 500 lbs of brisket coming up, spend $20 on that cheap flat and get on the night train express!
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:12 PM   #19
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YA, I've got to read up on that thread this evening.

I've been doing the VFD cooking for a few years now. About 10 of us get together and kick it all off around 8PM the night before. We do shifts and have it all sliced/chopped and ready to serve by 5PM the next day. If nothing else, I guess I could stick with the low and slow for that cook until I get this refined.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:00 PM   #20
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You didn't cook it long enough! H & F need to go to like 215-225 that is where most of mine are at when they come off. Then at least a min 2 hr rest. I don't use a thermo during the Cook I use the "Cowpoke Therma pen" but I do monitor the temp once it is off the pit I let mine rest until they have coasted down to 150 that takes about 2 hrs.

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Yeah my last one, which wasn't all that H or all that F was about 208°. I was pacing around the house, finding anything to do to distract me.
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YA, I've got to read up on that thread this evening.

I've been doing the VFD cooking for a few years now. About 10 of us get together and kick it all off around 8PM the night before. We do shifts and have it all sliced/chopped and ready to serve by 5PM the next day. If nothing else, I guess I could stick with the low and slow for that cook until I get this refined.
personally, i'd stick with low n slow. don't know what you're cooking on, but i would imagine it may be a challenge keeping your cook chamber up around 325*-350* with 30 briskets in it without practicing that.
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personally, i'd stick with low n slow. don't know what you're cooking on, but i would imagine it may be a challenge keeping your cook chamber up around 325*-350* with 30 briskets in it without practicing that.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #24
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Many hot n fast people use butcher paper, not foil!

A thought on the probing and hot n fast. When cooking hot n fast, it generally takes a higher finishing temp to reach the "probe like butter" feel. So it may not have been quite done yet at 201. And if it didn't probe good at 190, or fall apart at 201, then it was not overcooked. Overcooked flats will fall apart when slicing.
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