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    brisket cooking too fast?

    I put my 16lb brisket on last night at 180 for 3 hours, and then turned it up to 225.

    After only 8 hours i'm already at 160! I just put it in some foil. I was under the impression this sucker was going to take 15-16 hours... we are not eating for another 11 hours lol Should I turn it back down to 180? seems like it's going to be done cooking in another couple of hours.

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    now after 10 hours it's at 190, i moved the probe to another location on the flat and got 180... I turned the temp setting down to 180... I am thinking my traeger must be reading way to hot for it to cook this fast, hope I didn't ruin it!

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    Foil will speed up the cook and push you through the stall, which it sounds like you don't want. I would take a temp with another device too. The brisket can sit in foil/towel/cooler for at least 3 hours and still be warm and juicy.

    Good luck. One lesson I learned when I started BBQ which wasn't that long ago, is that the meat is done when it is done. Very hard to nail timing on low and slow.
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    If it's that far along already, and you have another 8 plus hours until you eat, then I don't see that you have much choice but to pull it and get it cooled down and re-heat it later.

    I'd wrap it if foil tightly let it sit on a rack so it can cool. After an hour or so stick it in the fridge. About 2 - 2 1/2 hours before eating, stick it back on the grill at about 225° (no foil) to let it slowly reheat and tighten the bark for a couple hours.
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    well I just checked it again and in another spot and I could tell putting the probe in that it wasn't as high... it is only at 165 in this spot... wtf lol.

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    at the 14hr mark it's now at 198 in the new probe location... hope I didn't ruin this thing haha.

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    well I stressed out all day for nothing, it turned out amazing!

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    that's BBQ on a pellet smoker....
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    OK you got confused....you planned a cooking time that would be close if you include rest and didnt foil...but then you used foil I have a 16 pound brisket on right now....it will take six hours to cook. Unfoiled is can take several hours to move off the 160 that you panicked at and abpout 12 -14 hours max. Its ok to let it rest in for a few hours too...

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    Glad it worked out for you Tenny!

    It was actually kind of fun watching you work through the learning curve of your first brisket. I remember my first brisket...
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