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  • specialshake
    Charter Member
    • Jun 2015
    • 2

    way too long!

    I cooked a beef brisket yesterday on a Masterbuilt electric smoker. Put it on at 6am and it wasn't done until 2am!!! 20 hours seems excessive. The guy I borrowed it from said it takes him 12-13 hours and he buys his whole briskets from Costco as well. It was 16lbs. I did not separate the flat from the point. I followed the Texas Brisket recipe from this site. I wrapped it around 168 deg. It seemed to hold the heat well. I took care to minimize opening the door but honestly it came back up to temp quickly anyway. Toward the end I compared the meat probe that comes with the unit with a Thermapen and it was spot on.
    So.... what the hell???? Twenty hours??? Really????
    It tastes great most importantly.
    Of note I smoked a pork shoulder last weekend on the same smoker and it took 16 hours.
    Also, I previously had a pit barrel and things seemed to take longer.

    Thanks for any advice.
    Dave
  • Mr. Bones
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 10198
    • Kansas Territory
    • Grills / Smokers
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      Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
      Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
      Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
      Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
      Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
      Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
      Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
      Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

      Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
      Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
      Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

      Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
      Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
      Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
      Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
      Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
      (Lime Green)
      Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
      Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



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      Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
      Maverick ET-732, (Black)
      Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
      ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
      Blue ThermaPen Mk4
      Orange Thermapen Mk4
      Pink Thermapen Mk4
      ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
      ThermoWorks Smoke
      ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
      4 Pro Series cable extensions
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      MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
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      Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
      Bear Paws
      Meat Rakes
      BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



      Cookware:
      Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
      G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
      '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
      60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
      50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
      Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
      Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

      Cutlery, etc.:
      Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
      Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
      Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
      Multiple steels, from all over the planet
      Crock sticks
      Diamond stones, various
      Lansky Sharpening System

      Tableware
      Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
      Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
      Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

    #2
    Congrats on what I take to be a great brisky, despite th delay!

    My Son/DIL have a Masterbuilt electric, an have put out some tasty food with it, but I have never fooled around with it, cookin, like... so help me out some, here:

    In yer estimation / experience, what is th max chamber temp it can achieve/maintain, at yer current ambient temps?

    Was anything markedly different, today?
    How much breeze/wind, etc., might have been goin on there, to leach precious BTU's as ya cooked along, etc.?

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    • specialshake
      specialshake commented
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      I think the max temp is 275. high/low here has been 90's/70. not breezy. Didn't seem to struggle to maintain the temperature.
  • Huskee
    Administrator
    • May 2014
    • 15458
    • central MI, USA
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    #3
    My suspicion is the majority of your cook wasn't at the temp you thought it was. I can see a brisket here & there taking 3 or4 hours longer than normal, but 20hrs I agree is excessive to just be chalked up to "one of those things". Sounds like a 190 degree cook to me.

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    • specialshake
      specialshake commented
      Editing a comment
      I think you are probably right. I was too lazy to double check with the thermometer you recommended on your site. As it neared completion it really slowed. Had to increase it to 250 for the last hour/1.5 hrs.
  • Steve R.
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 2525
    • Elizabethtown, KY
    • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

    #4
    I had that same electric smoker and everything took a long time to cook, compared to the cookers I have now. I suspect the temperature gauge was wrong, but I never checked it because 1) I didn't know any better and 2) didn't have an independent thermometer I could compare it to anyway.

    Comment

    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 13666
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      #5
      I suggest that if that starts to happen again that you bump the temp up to around 275*. The brisket can take that temp.

      Comment

      • Mr. Bones
        Charter Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 10198
        • Kansas Territory
        • Grills / Smokers
          *********************************************

          Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
          Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
          Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
          Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
          Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
          Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
          Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
          Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

          Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
          Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
          Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

          Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
          Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
          Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
          Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
          Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
          (Lime Green)
          Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
          Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



          Thermometers:
          *********************************************
          Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
          Maverick ET-732, (Black)
          Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
          ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
          Blue ThermaPen Mk4
          Orange Thermapen Mk4
          Pink Thermapen Mk4
          ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
          ThermoWorks Smoke
          ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
          4 Pro Series cable extensions
          Smoke Gateway

          Accessories:
          *********************************************
          2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
          BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
          Warming shelf
          MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
          Backyard Grill marinade injector
          Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
          Bear Paws
          Meat Rakes
          BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



          Cookware:
          Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
          G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
          '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
          60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
          50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
          Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
          Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

          Cutlery, etc.:
          Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
          Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
          Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
          Multiple steels, from all over the planet
          Crock sticks
          Diamond stones, various
          Lansky Sharpening System

          Tableware
          Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
          Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
          Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

        #6
        I have / still have / used to use a way less efficient electric smoker, witnessed here:

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        It took me on some 20-30+ hour butt, an brisket rides... product was great, but omg, how long do I haveta wait???

        This is why I asked... was mystified by th stall, etc., with no way to power through...
        Jus wait it out ....

        Great Learnin experience, though...

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        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
          Editing a comment
          ...but it says Gourmet on it!
      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5702
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        #7
        I have never cooked on an electric smoker, but 20 hour brisket and 6 hour Boston Butt seems excessively long on any cooker. Not preheating the cooker could account for an hour variation, but as others have suggested you probably weren’t cooking at the temp you thought you were.

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        • Polarbear777
          Club Member
          • Sep 2016
          • 1894

          #8
          Your smoker temp (oven/air) temp was probably low, maybe around 200F.

          Check the placement if the thermostst probe or use a separate probe in the chamber to see if there is an offset from set point to actual. A lot can depend on where the probes are placed and whether they are too close to the meat or a sidewalk to give an accurate air temp.

          I did a 20 lb Costco packer once without wrapping and it took 16 hours with the smoker running at 225.

          Wrapped around 175, which is about 12 hours, takes about 14-15 total, plus a few hours in the cambro.

          Yours shoikd still be good, even if it’s not perfect. If it’s really too dry you can always shred it, add some rendered beef fat, mix it up and call it pulled beef.

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