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Old 05-22-2011, 10:46 AM   #1
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What is the best way to hold a brisket in a Cambro for competition for four (4) hours?
With my past experience, I end up with a lukewarm brisket that is tough and dry based on competition standards as well as mine and…is it possible to have a moist brisket that is around 150 degrees)?

I have received the following answers from other competitors: (this is based on foil wrapped Brisket)
- Pull at 195 and through straight in Cambro
- Pull early and let it finish cooking in Cambro
- Let it stay out of cooker in foil (not vented) for about 10 min than put in Cambro
- Vent for 5 degrees then re-foil and put in Cambro
- cook to 202 Cut an large (X) at the top of the foil until brisket drops 10 degrees then put in Cambro

Any help are suggestions or would be extremely helpful as this is a big problem for me! Maybe the trick is to reheat?
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Old 05-22-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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If I put 2 briskets into a cambro that are 195F - 201 F and do not vent the foil then they will be mush in 4 hours in the cambro if it is sealed.

The cambro has a guarantee to hold temp for 4 hours so meat at 195 should still be 195 in 4 hours.
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A hot fire brick can add to your hold time
Yes you need to vent the foil prior to placing brisket in the cambro
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What is the difference between a brick and a fire brick? Where do you get one and I assume you have to heat it up first? If so do you keep it in the cooker with the meat so it’s hot?

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If I put 2 briskets into a cambro that are 195F - 201 F and do not vent the foil then they will be mush in 4 hours in the cambro if it is sealed.

The cambro has a guarantee to hold temp for 4 hours so meat at 195 should still be 195 in 4 hours.
But is you mush moist? I am actually serious about this question.
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But is you mush moist? I am actually serious about this question.
certainly is. Of course a lot depends on what goes in the foil when wrapping. you need about 8 oz of liquid.

It makes OK chopped brisket after it's unwrapped and firms up a bit but no way you can slice it.
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I cook to 205 in a foil covered pan. When it goes in the cambro I vent the foil and leave the cambro door cracked. Comes out pretty good 4 hours later.
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I put my brisket in the cambro rite off the pit whenits done, I leave the foil on the pan, no vent and it always perfert..
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I put my brisket in the cambro rite off the pit whenits done, I leave the foil on the pan, no vent and it always perfert..
Ditto for me as well.
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What is the difference between a brick and a fire brick? Where do you get one and I assume you have to heat it up first? If so do you keep it in the cooker with the meat so it’s hot?

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The bricks one would use on the inside of a fireplace are different
in their make up I am told
We lined our pit with them and have seen a marked improvement in performance


as to venting wrapped briskets
may be two different dynamics at play here
wrapped in foil and paned then foil covered

I certainly would defer on the subject of briskets to the Texas boys
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paned then foil covered ...that what im talking bout!!
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Foil gets opened when the brisket comes out of the pit at 195-200* for 10 or 15 mins to help stop/slow down the cooking process. Then it gets rewrapped and placed in the cambro. Have never taken the temp after it being in the cambro for 4+ hours, but it is definitely too hot to handle without heat resistant mitts of some sort.
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If the brisket is the only thing in the cambro, that might explain why the temp drops so rapidly. A cold cambro can allow the temp to drop a bit when only a single chunk of meat goes in by itself. One simple way to prevent heat loss is to prime the cambro first by pouring several gallons of hot water in there first and letting it sit for an hour or so. Then just empty it just before the brisket goes in.
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If the brisket is the only thing in the cambro, that might explain why the temp drops so rapidly. A cold cambro can allow the temp to drop a bit when only a single chunk of meat goes in by itself. One simple way to prevent heat loss is to prime the cambro first by pouring several gallons of hot water in there first and letting it sit for an hour or so. Then just empty it just before the brisket goes in.
This is great information that I do not pay attention to and is so obvious. I guess if the Cambro is not primed it could suck the heat right out of the brisket as it equalizes. Thinking back, I think I have seen small temp gauges on some Cambroes at the events.
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