Here's the short(er) story. I bought 9# of chuck roasts. It came in 3 pieces, of which, the largest was 3.5#. I got my Large up to 230* Tuesday nite and put the 3 pieces on. I had the platesetter, legs up, with 2 firebrick the PS with the grate on the firebrick, to raise the meat in the dome. So, I woke up at 2:00 am and checked the temp, the dome was 260* and the probe therm read 155*. Stupidly
, I closed the bottom vent a little. (It was only open a little to begin with) When I awoke at 6:00 am, the temp of the egg dropped to 160* and the meat was 157*. I stoked the coals a little and opened the vents to get the temp back up. It was at 260* all day. I had planned on the meat being done when I woke up in the morning. (2 hours per pound, largest piece, 3.5#, so 7 hours, right?) Well, I was at work, and my wife was running around. She got home around 3:30 pm (18.5hours) and the egg was starting to peter out. The temp dropped to 175* again and the meat was at 170*. In a very defeated voice, I told my wife to heat up the oven to 230*. I put the chuck in a roaster and waited for the thermo to beep when it got to 205*, very concerned I waisted $30 on meat that I'm taking to the beach next week. :pinch: Anyway, at 8:00 pm, last nite, I decided enough was enough. The meat got as high as 187, but dropped back down to 183. I reached my hand in and twisted the meat. It fell apart. So I pulled the meat out of the oven, and let it cool for a very short time. By 9:30 last nite, we had the meat all pulled/shredded, and it was actually very good. I rubbed the meat with olive oil, a 1:1:1:1 mixture of brown sugar, paprika, fresh cracked pepper, & kosher salt and then sprinkled some KC Steak Rub also. It is peppery and delicious.
I hope I haven't lost my Egg'r status, since I had to finish in the oven :unsure: I boiled some water and put my probe therm in and it registered right to 210*, so it's working. I am totally confused about why I couldn't get the meat to 205*, and why it took so long (23 hours). It ended well, but not as expected. Thanks for letting me vent!