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Temp Dropping, Normal?

BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
edited 8:47AM in EggHead Forum
This is only my 3rd Butt, butt the other 2 I have not seen the temp drop. I was at 153 45 min ago, now at 151 Normal?


Checking the Butt


Was at 153


Now at 151


  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    100% normal ;)
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Cool thx...thought so, butt wanted to verify...only 2 deg, butt paranoid cause I mucked up a $30 brisket last weekend.
  • jbennyjbenny Posts: 147
    I've had the same concern in the past because I've seen it happen on a lot of long smokes. Drink more beer and it goes away.
  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    Rip steered ya right...FYI it's called the "plateau" the energy needed to break down certain things in the butt is using the energy that would other wise be raising the temp..don't be surprised if it sits at that temp or even lower for a couple of'll come back soon enough..
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Close the dome... :laugh:
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Oh! That is what the problem is, loss of anti-freeze. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    It is against the laws of thermodynamics for something to drop in temperature in a warmer environment. I know I heard that somewhere before.

    You seem to have no idea what you're talking about.

    Consider your chain fully yanked, sir.
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    The Plateau was right on 160 on everything else, so kinda took me by surprise.
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Humph...never thought of that one :lol: :lol:
  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    LMAO....I been Tweeved....ya got me
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    I knew I could count on you for the scientfic answer to my question. Thx for educating everyone one the forum. We need higher educashun. :blink: :S :whistle:
  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    there is no absolute temp that it occurs..I've seen anywhere from 150 up to 180...just happens when it happens...and as Fidel said, there are those that will argue that it cant possibly happen at all....LOL
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    If you really want the scientific answer I can give it to ya...but it's been hashed out so many times I may get skewered by someone.

    I was just yanking Wess's chain. We had a dude here a few months to a year ago that untiringly argued that seeing a drop like this was unpossible no matter how many times people showed pictures, graphs, and eyewitness accounts of seeing it happen dozens of times. He had a ton of book learnin but was an abject failure at trying to understand that sometimes things in real life don't follow all the rules laid out in books.

    Short answer, a small temperature drop in a piece of meat with a high percentage of fat and connective tissue is possible, commonplace, though not necessarily always going to happen. As long as your pit temps haven't been lost then keep on truckin' and you'll be in good shape in short order.
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    The more eggsperienced I become the more eggnorant I realize I am...
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Exceptions to the rules verify said rule.
  • Beaker -

    What is that metal tube sticking up in the center of the grid? Is that a stainless grid? If so, where did you get it?
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    BGE 3 Tier Rack...purchased same place I bought the Egg

  • Thanks!

    Any idea if they sell such a thing for the XL?
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Not sure, I have a large. I bought it and all the eggcessories at one time. Guy gave me 10% off all eggcessories, and threw in a BGE bag of lump. I have went out of my way to support his Ace Hardware store ever since! Check your local BGE retailer. If they do not have it, they should be able to point you in the right direction. You can always try online also, but I tend to try to support the local brick n mortar stores.
  • Checkout Tom just began offering the Adjustable Rig for the XL. He is a forum member here (TJV) and the products are top notch. Awesome products. Much more flexible than the BGE product.

    FYI, my retirement age has been extended a few years thanks to Tom's store.
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    If I had it to do over, I would buy the adjustable and not the 3 tier for sure.
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