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At what temperature does a brisket stall? (And what to do about it)

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Today, we’re going to talk about a common concern when it comes to cooking brisket: the infamous stall. You might be wondering what temperature the brisket actually stalls at, how long it lasts, and what you can do about it. Don’t worry; I’ve got your back!

When Does a Brisket Stall?

The brisket stall occurs when the temperature plateaus or flatlines during the cooking process. It usually happens between 150 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, it’s essential to note that every brisket is different. Factors such as the grade, cut, weight, marbling, and connective tissue can impact the stall.

Planning for the Stall

A good rule of thumb is to expect the stall to last around two to three hours. The brisket will take about an hour or two to reach the stall temperature range, depending on your cooking heat.

Once it reaches that plateau, it’ll flatline for another couple of hours.

What to Expect After the Stall

After the stall, you can look forward to smooth sailing! The temperatures will start to increase slowly, and several hours later, your delicious Texas-style brisket will be ready to enjoy.

Embrace the Stall

Don’t stress about the stall! It’s a natural part of cooking brisket, and all you need to do is be patient. With this advice in mind, you’ll be well on your way to creating some mouthwatering brisket that’ll impress your friends and family.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know all about the brisket stall and how to handle it, you’re ready to tackle your next BBQ session with confidence.

Remember, patience is key, and you’ll soon be enjoying some incredible Texas-style brisket. Happy grilling, and take it easy!