Should the meat you're smoking touch the inside of the cabinet?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by quickdraw, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. quickdraw

    quickdraw Newbie

    I've cooked many brisket flats in the past, and they have all turned out wonderfully. Now I'm smoking my first whole brisket and it's just big enough to touch the inside of the cabinet when in the smoker.  Does anyone know if this is okay? I obviously don't want any temperature inconsistencies.  I can cut it in half if need be.  Any help is appreciated.

    I have a Masterbuilt 20070910 30" Electric Smoker.

  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You don't want any food to touch the cabinet...that's typically a hot spot anywhere within 1.5-2" of most vertical smokers which can cause rapid cooking when hot smoking. Also, this can cause a baffling effect and will reduce the temperature and slow the cooking of anything above it on a higher grate.

    You can cut a packer in half if you like...I've done that once before on 3 packers I smoked all together...won't hurt a thing, really. Just put your point where it's a bit hotter than where you put the flat if you want them done at about the same time, or load the flat a bit later, however it works out best for you.

  3. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would go with the bitter flavor, but as you smoke meat will shrink and you should be able to move it from the sides of the smoker. At least with my vertical its the case. If you do get some blacking on it, you can either wash or cut that area off the meat.

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