View Full Version : How do I move meat without ruining the bark?

09-10-2015, 06:17 PM
What does everyone here use to move the meat around in your smokers? I have some hot and cool spots in the smoker so I like to move my brisket around every hour or 2 hours. But every time I grab it I seem to take off a bunch of the bark. I've thought about using a meat fork but they seem too flimsy. Anything else out there?

09-10-2015, 06:21 PM
A giant buttula or a pizza peel.


Hope this helps.

09-10-2015, 06:21 PM
some use towels and i know some of the q joints use those pitch fork looking things to stab the meat and flip/move it.

09-10-2015, 06:22 PM
I use gloves and move everything around by hand.

09-10-2015, 06:24 PM
BIG spatula

smoke ninja
09-10-2015, 06:30 PM
Dont attempt to move meat until the bark sets up

smokestack willie
09-10-2015, 06:33 PM
Thermo like mittens with latex gloves over the top.

09-10-2015, 06:34 PM
I use black neoprene cooking gloves, but, I don't move the meat for four hours, to insure the bark is set. If it is coming off, you are not allowing it to set. Or you are using too much slather. Bark should not peel or chip from the meat.

09-10-2015, 06:39 PM
I usually don't have to move things around in my smoker, but if I do, I shuffle the shelves if I need to move the meat between the top and bottom shelves. I never touch the meat itself until the bark has set.

09-10-2015, 07:00 PM
I usually dont move it but if I do I use these long tined turkey forks

they are real handy for all kinds of chores like this

they are kind of like these except only 2 tines. I dont stick the meat with them, just lift from underneath

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09-10-2015, 07:01 PM

Diesel Dave
09-10-2015, 09:05 PM
Buttula or gloves here

SmokeHouse Blues
09-10-2015, 09:46 PM
Typically gloves, but occasionally an extremely large BBQ spatula I have.

09-10-2015, 10:00 PM
Thermo like mittens with latex gloves over the top.

+1 on this method.. I use cheap cotton gloves with latex over them

09-10-2015, 11:11 PM
If you're opening the cooker every hour or so to move the meat......you're opening the cooker WAY too much IMO.

It'll be fine. Just find that "sweet spot" and leave it alone for a while.

BUT....when I DO have to move things around (I usually only do this once during the cook before wrapping), I use a double layer of cheap cotton knit gloves with nitrile or latex gloves over them.

09-10-2015, 11:39 PM
If you have to move the meat, you could always set it on one of those racks inside the cooker and just move the racks. I see it sometimes on competition shows and that is the only reason I think they would set a brisket on a rack only to set it on a rack in the cooker. Those little racks are pretty inexpensive and last a while.

09-11-2015, 01:20 AM
heavy cotton gloves. RD sells them in packs of 12 pairs for 6 bucks. .. then put latex on top to keep them clean. One pack lasted me a year. They work great for pulling hot pork butts by hand also.


09-11-2015, 01:48 AM
I heard an Arron Franklin interview where he said that was the main purpose of him wrapping the briskets in paper, was to keep the bark safe once it setup.

I wouldn't move anything until the bark is setup how you want it. Then wrap. Then make your adjustments.

09-11-2015, 07:13 AM
I also use the white cotton glove with disposable nitrile over. But they do make high temp rubber gloves that are pretty sweet. You can wash em in the sink real easy afterwards.

09-11-2015, 09:13 AM
Mostly I agree with Wampus. If you have to move meat, try putting the meat on a seperate grate, like a cookie cooling rack, then move the meat and rack together.
No touching or poking the meat this way.

09-11-2015, 09:36 AM
1. I try to not move it at all until the bark has set.
2. If I have to, I use gloves and carefully slide my hands under the meat and lift from the bottom being careful not to rub against the bark.

09-11-2015, 09:38 AM
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Uncle JJ
09-11-2015, 01:18 PM
I cook my butts on a cooling rack in a foil pan, so I never have to touch em. But everyone has his/her own methods....

09-11-2015, 06:40 PM
Thanks everyone. I like the idea of using a cooling rack or something similar to move around the different temp zones; no touching involved.

09-11-2015, 10:11 PM
Use something like this.

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If you want to turn the meat over, then you already have many great suggestions.

09-11-2015, 11:27 PM
I try to never move them. Every Move means less bark.

I'm planning to build some different grates with larger spacing so the underside of my big meats has more airflow and better bark.

09-12-2015, 08:23 AM