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Having an infrared side burner on the grill is pretty fucking awesome. Thanks for the tip Marc. Indirect heat @225F for 30 minutes and then a 30 second sear per side on the infrared burner.

Put on my fairy wings this morning.   

Smoked chuck roast. Much better than I expected. And a great excuse to use plenty of horseradish cream sauce.

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^^ I'd suggest ignoring temperature when it comes to when to pull brisket.  When it's tender and jiggles, it's done.  My recent experience is that it's also key to let it rest for at least an hour before slicing.  YMMV, good luck, and all that. 

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15 minutes ago, n_maher said:

^^ I'd suggest ignoring temperature when it comes to when to pull brisket.  When it's tender and jiggles, it's done.  My recent experience is that it's also key to let it rest for at least an hour before slicing.  YMMV, good luck, and all that. 

I've been watching the Aaron Franklin Masterclass series and he says the same thing. Go by feel for doneness and rest is crucial. He only takes the temp in that latter part of the process, because he wants to let the meat come back down to 140ish before slicing. That way he knows everything has relaxed appropriately.

Mmmm, brisket, aaarrrggghhhh.

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Just now, Hopstretch said:

I've been watching the Aaron Franklin Masterclass series and he says the same thing. Go by feel for doneness and rest is crucial. He only takes the temp in that latter part of the process, because he wants to let the meat come back down to 140ish before slicing. That way he knows everything has relaxed appropriately.

Mmmm, brisket, aaarrrggghhhh.

I can confirm that the approach also works with beef short ribs.  In related news, this is what I grilled tonight.

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45 day dry aged top sirloin from my favorite butcher. I took 1/3 of the 2lb monster and tried a reverse sear which came out quite nicely.  The regularly seared portion was also quite tasty, but took an insanely long time to come up to even medium.  More tweaking of the process. Most important lesson learned, the Traeger probe is crap at low temps. I will rely only on the Fireboard from now on.

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I have difficulties with the jiggling method and tend to undercook when relying solely on that. So I chose the hybrid approach of [email protected] and it came out pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Let it rest for 1 hour and it paired perfectly with the Grenache. I now feel ready to apply for my HC grilling team membership.

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33 minutes ago, Augsburger said:

I have difficulties with the jiggling method and tend to undercook when relying solely on that. So I chose the hybrid approach of [email protected] and it came out pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Let it rest for 1 hour and it paired perfectly with the Grenache. I now feel ready to apply for my HC grilling team membership.

Bottom line, do what works for you! 

Me: I've never pulled one before 200F internal.  The short ribs I cooked Friday ended upon just a little long (stupid work phone call) and were at nearly 210F by the time I yanked them but they did get the benefit of a 2hr rest.  They were quite possibly the softest beef that I've smoked.  One more thing that I've found is that tenderness is (not surprisingly) heavily influenced by the quality of the meat. I had a brisket a couple weeks ago that only got so tender, there was nothing else to be done about it. It still tasted great, but was nowhere near as fall-apart soft as others I've done. Such is life.

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We lucked out.  This brisket was part of a nine pound slab that Mary picked out and after the 16 hours of cooking and one hour resting is super tender slice it with a fork tender good. Some tri tips we have had never got to tender no matter how much prep and attention we gave them. But yes quality does matter.

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Back at it today w/ [2] 5lb brisket flats and a small amount of point I trimmed off one (for burnt ends). 

It's cold here (36F) so it'll be interesting to see how much fuel the Traeger burns and how things come up to temp.  Started things off at 190F, will push up to 225F when the meat hits ~120F, naturally in Super Smoke mode the entire time.  Then it'll be the wait-and-see watch for the stall process which is where the Fireboard really earns its keep. 

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3 minutes ago, Hopstretch said:

Rotisserie leg of lamb. Going to chop up and eat in pitas with tzatziki and Greek salad.

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Ho. Lee. Shit.  I'm hella jealous of your pending gyro.  Not that my dinner was lacking.

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19 minutes ago, swt61 said:

This is the one and only time I've felt trepidation showing my own meat.

We are given to understand the trepidation is usually on the other side of the interaction?

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All of those delicious posts from Nate and Stretch have made me jealous so I took a 2.5 kilo brisket and did a quick 8.5 hour roast. We shall see if it is tender yet. At least the Booker wine is setting the stage for something epic.

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