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Old 06-14-2019, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default 2 briskets in 26" Weber Kettle W/ SNS and Upper Deck?

Hello, asking all 26" Weber Kettle owners if they have ever cooked two briskets at once using the Slow N' Sear and an upper deck grilling surface. I'm going to do two briskets for fathers day and was curious about how the temp or cooking time would be changed. Also I want to get an idea of how much temp difference will be between the upper deck and the regular grilling grate.

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Old 06-14-2019, 11:47 AM   #2
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its a real tight fit, ive tried. not a ton of temp difference but you may get more carryover heat from the lid on the top side of the top brisket. Also might have a little issue forming good bark on the bottom due to drippage. I dont suggest it honestly
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:34 PM   #3
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I think a setup like this would work: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...=diffuser+26er.

Did 4 racks of SLRs a few weeks ago using the diffuser, roti ring & rib racks. Can easily do 3 racks flat. Had to use the sweeps several time due to ash buildup. Piece of cake.

Biggest concern would be running out of fuel. The 18" WSM charcoal ring is good for 5 hours at 280*. Maybe a 22" charcoal ring would be a better choice.

Or you might try cooking them on edge?
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:43 PM   #4
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Default Success! Well, kind of....

I’ll start by saying, in the end, i had 2 tender briskets and everyone loved them. I ran into 2 problems. 1) the lower brisket under the upper deck had a difficult time forming a bark. I switched them, then the one I moved to the bottom had a hard time getting more bark. 2). After I wrapped them with paper, they were too big and did not allow hot air to get between them. This caused the internal meat temp to climb VERY slow, too slow. Eventually I moved one to an oven and finished the other in the smoker. It was also my first time using paper instead of foil. Despite the inferior bark, the outside was crispy! Paper makes a huge difference compared to foil. The paper also allowed the bark to form AFTER it was wrapped. Lesson learned: i love the texture paper gives the bark! In a crunch, it is possible to cook 2 brisket in a Weber kettle 26”. If I can help it, I’ll never cook 2 at one time in a Weber kettle. Both brisket were about 14-15 pounds.
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I wonder if you should have used the grate at all. I e seen people do turkey on the drip and griddle pan. Maybe going lower would have got you more vertical room to stack?
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Why would you not place them perpendicular to each other instead inline? Only a small area would have been doubled up/
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That brisket sure does look good!!! Nice job pulling it off!
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foam 2, good idea. I never thought about that. I just assumed it would bee too cold below the grill grate, but I would still run into the problem with the bark.

Model Maker, the upper deck is half moon shape and only allows brisket to be placed parallel. If I rotated the bottom brisket, one end would have been too close to the heat source.
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Just get a ranch kettle. Can fit 3 with ease :)
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Do you smoke with the ranch kettle? If so, what is your setup?
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sure do. I just use the SnS I have for my 26
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That’s awesome! But for that price, I might as well get something bigger.
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I found mine used. Took a few years but when I found it I jumped
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sure do. I just use the SnS I have for my 26


How long can you keep a low n slow going on the Ranch kettle w/ the XL SnS before needing to refuel and how stable to you find temps to be?
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