the long stall

Discussion in 'Pork' started by harleyguy, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. harleyguy

    harleyguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I'm smoking 2 butts in my recently purchased MES. My first time doing butts in it. One has stalled @158*, the other @150*... for over 2 hours now!![​IMG] Is this usual in the MES? Never had em stall this long before in my ECB. Thanks in advance for any input.
  2. grampyskids

    grampyskids Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I was smoking 2 stramis last week and hit the "dreaded stall" for 2 hours. It just stuck at 155 and would not move. Then 'Bingo" it finally moved. As Yoda would say,"Patience my son". No one has come up with an answer for the stall. It doesn't happen in your oven (that you know of). Another one of the mysteries of smoking. Accept it and have another beer or two. May the thin blue smoke be with you!
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There is no answer for the dreaded stall but patience. You can do nothing but wait. It's really hard but go change the oil in all your cars and trucks. But you have to wait it out.
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Its got nothing to do with your MES its just the butt doing its wonderful work. All of the tissues are breaking down and making it nice and juicy and tender. There is no way to know how long it will stall. Two butts the same weight can be totally different. Just pour another cold one or 6 and wait it out. That is why you always plan for lots of extra time if you are cooking for supper that day. Good luck. It will turn out great!
  5. harleyguy

    harleyguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Thanks guys, I was starting to get worried. They have been on the smoker since 6a.m.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As long as you get from 40 degrees to 140 degrees in four hours you are fine. After that is when the stalls start happening.
  7. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yeah. Good luck. I want to drool over that meat when it's done too.[​IMG]
  8. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Rule of thumb, always have some from the last smoke to munch on while waiting on the stall. [​IMG]
  9. harleyguy

    harleyguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I have taken some pics for qview, waiting for finished product before I take more pics to post them all.
  10. harleyguy

    harleyguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    This is the longest stall I have ever had, just now @ 167*.
  11. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    I had one go for almost 3 hours and then it climbed the rest of the way in a total of 13 hrs. The final result is worth the wait. Patience and a cold beverage.[​IMG]
  12. captsly

    captsly StickBurners

    Yup patience is the key. I had 2 butts go for a total of 19 hours one time. They came out great though!!
  13. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    in the end you will forget the stall and enjoy the wonderful end result

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