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Brisket Dropping In Temperature? Here’s What To Know

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Hey there, BBQ lovers! It’s BBQ Dropout, and today we’re discussing a curious phenomenon that might have puzzled you during your brisket smoking adventures: the temperature drop.

If you’re wondering why your brisket’s temperature is dropping instead of rising, you’re not alone. Let’s dive into the most common reasons behind this occurrence and how to deal with it.

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The Brisket Stall: A Common Culprit

The most common reason for a temperature drop in your brisket is the well-known brisket stall. For those unfamiliar, the stall is a period during the cooking process when the internal temperature of a large cut of meat flatlines or even decreases for several hours.

When smoking a brisket, the stall typically occurs around 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

What to Expect During the Stall

During the stall, you can expect one of two things to happen:

  1. The temperature may flatline at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for two to three hours before suddenly spiking to around 175 degrees Fahrenheit and continuing to rise until the brisket is cooked.
  2. The temperature may slowly decrease, likely due to moisture within the meat cooling down the thermometer probe as it cooks.

The Key to Handling Temperature Drops

If your brisket’s temperature is dropping, don’t panic. It’s completely normal, and your main focus should be on maintaining consistent temperatures in your smoker or grill.

An accurate thermometer probe is essential for getting the best temperature readings possible. Keep a steady fire going, avoid opening the grates too much, and simply continue cooking for a couple more hours.

Enjoying Your Perfectly Cooked Brisket

As long as you stay patient and maintain consistent cooking conditions, you should end up with a delicious, tender brisket to call your own.

Once the stall has passed and the temperature starts rising again, you’ll be able to slice into your masterpiece and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Final thoughts

Now that you understand the mysterious brisket temperature drop, you can confidently face it during your next smoking session.

Remember, patience and consistency are key, and you’ll be rewarded with a mouthwatering brisket to share with friends and family. Until next time, happy smoking!