Smoking with a Ugly Drum Smoker-Brisket

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by dwoodul, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. dwoodul

    dwoodul Newbie

    Looking for someone that has done a lot of smoking on a drum smoker. I have been smoking for many years on a off set, but still little new to the drum smokers. My question is really about the time and temp for cooking the brisket. My first 2 turned out really well at about 5-6hrs with a hour in the cooler. My last one didn't turn out as great. Little tuff. I think part of the problem was that I may have pulled it off early not closer 10 190. 

    Any suggestiongs? I typically cook at 12-14lb brisket at 200-225 for 6hrs on the drum smokers. 
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Usually go about 275 for most meats (not poultry though)   including brisket...seems to be a good average temp.    I like using a holy diffuser also because it helps even out temps.
  3. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      That is very fast for a 12 pound brisket!  Have you checked the accuracy of your therms? You may be cooking at a much higher temp.Just sayin.

  4. dwoodul

    dwoodul Newbie

    The temp maybe alittle warmer in the middle but not much. The one thing that I have seen researching is that the Drums typically cook faster than normal. Again my first 2 briskets were as good if not better than any brisket i have smoked for 10-12 hours on a traditional of set.
  5. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      I don't have a UDS (yet) so I can't really offer much advice. I'm sure someone will soon tho.

  6. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    There's nothing wrong with cooking hotter and faster....especially for brisket. Sounds to me like you pulled it early. And nothing wrong with letting it rest for 2 hours or more either.
  7. dwoodul

    dwoodul Newbie

    Yea Im about 100% sure i pulled it early. Was putting up 3 deer from the weekend before. I'm just curious on others experiences. 

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