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    So why doesn't the meat cooperate?

    I got up at 3.30am. Planned to put a large brisket on at 4 and cook 12-14 hours. Serve at 7.30pm or so. I'm cooking at 250 give or take 10*. Well, at 9am the packer is already at 160. I'm thinking it is going to be ready way too soon. We'll see.
    8 are coming for dinner and we only have one oven so I need to rely on the cooler to keep the meat warm. Wish me well, this may get interesting.
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    Out of curiosity, how big is your brisket? I like to cook mine at 260 and I can get through a 10 pounder in about 7 hours.

    Hopefully you'll have a 3 hour stall

    Oh...and like I always tell my impatient wife, "it will be done when it's done". Planning around a finish time is never an exact science.
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    Five hours to reach the stall is not unusual. Hard to say for sure, but it doesn't seem like you'll be done before 11-12 hours. Tight wrap in foil or 2-3 layers of butcher paper in a cooler with towels will be good for 4-5 hours. Franklin tip: Put 4-5 tablespoons of butter on top of it before you wrap it for the rest period.

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    Earlier this year I kept a brisket for four hours in a cooler, wrapped in foil and towels.

    Just don't let it drop below 140* , it becomes unsafe at lower than 140.
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    Thank you guys...I am in luck, it did stall long enough that the cooler will keep it hot.
    I like the pro tip...BUTTER, never tried that one. Cooler is pre-heating.
    Brisket is at 187. I used the rub I posted: Nuther Brisket Rub. It's got some heat.
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    Can someone describe "pre-heating the cooler"?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobJ View Post
    Can someone describe "pre-heating the cooler"?

    thanks
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    Thanks Tim

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    Bob, I have used the hottest tap water method. Fill cooler 2/3's full with hot tap water. If I plan well, it will sit for 30 min. or so.
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    Foiling liquid:

    Worcestershire, balsamic vinegar & apple juice.

    For beef, this combo is a favorite.

    Cook temp: this packer only went up to 187*
    It was very juicy.
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