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Low and slow DIRECT….how hard?

WinoWino Posts: 69
edited 3:59AM in EggHead Forum
I am all set to do Chef Wil’s Cajun stuffed brisket on Saturday. The prep was a bit time consuming, but I am sure it will be well worth it in the end. So my question is, how hard is it to keep a 225° temp direct. I have kept that low a temp many times indirect. The plate setter makes that easy. Chef Wil said he did it direct with the bbq guru. Since the guru is…..well the guru and can hold temps no problem am I going to have trouble holding the temp so low with out the help of ceramic mass, or a guru. I saw WooDoggies did one indirect, but it took 3 hours longer than Chef Wil.
Thanks
Wino

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  • Chef WilChef Wil Posts: 702
    Wino,
    the key I have found when not using the guru is to open your bag of lump and choose some real big pieces and place those at the bottom to keep an air flow, then build your lump with mediums, then go for smaller ones on top. Babysit it for about an hour to make sure your temp is stabilized then go on about your business.

  • I don't remember if I stated I had cooked it with a raised grid using 2 fire bricks about 4 inches high.
  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,968
    Chef Wil,
    Sounds a lot like Elder Wards suggested method of building a fire. In fact I use the Elder Ward method every time I do a Low 'n' Slo - never had a problem when I do it that way. Also suggest lighting the lump on the top in the center. Fire has to "work" to burn down so it takes longer. Takes a little longer but, for me it's worth it.

  • WinoWino Posts: 69
    one more suggestion,
    You did mention the raised grid. I have had great success using Elder Wards fire building rules. I think I will use your method of direct for this cook. No sense deviating from the master.
    Cannot wait to show this one off to my friends.
    Have a fantastic Australian Shiraz to pair for this cook.
    Wino

  • WinoWino Posts: 69
    Chef Wil,
    One question about the cook. Where did you take the internal temp. In the stuffing or slide the prob into the thickest part of the meat?
    Thanks
    Wino

  • Chef WilChef Wil Posts: 702
    Sundown,
    your right, it was elder wards method I had used, and it works

  • Chef WilChef Wil Posts: 702
    Wino,
    temp won't help on this one, brisket has to be tender, the inside will be more than done, no worries.

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