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Physicist Cracks BBQ Mystery

dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 70
edited October 2011 in EggHead Forum
Saw this on another BGE forum, thought it may be of interest to members on this forum too.

"The Stall. The Zone. The Plateau. It has many names and it has freaked out many a barbecue cook. I know because they email me right in the middle of their cook. Panicky."

Full Article can be found here:|htmlws-main-bb|dl8|sec3_lnk2|100568

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  • PhredPhred Posts: 16
  • LDDLDD Posts: 1,225
    great read...

    I think this part sums it up nicely 

    " The barbecue stall is a simple consequence of evaporative cooling by the meat's own moisture slowly released over hours from within it's pores and cells. As the temperature of cold meat rises, the evaporation rate increases until the cooling effect balances the heat input. Then it stalls, until the last drop of available moisture is gone."
    context is important :)
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,358
    edited October 2011
    Very interesting!
    One statement, however, didn't make sense to me:
    "When we put a water pan in the cooker, the moisture evaporates from the surface and raises the humidity in the cooker, slowing the evaporation from the meat, and slowing the cooking."
    If you slow the evaporation from the meat, you should be speeding up the cooking, not slowing it!  That's what the tinfoil does, prevent evaporation of moisture from the meat... 
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • LDDLDD Posts: 1,225
    @Botch I think he(the author) got it right. when you add moisture to the environment, it's going to take longer to get past the stall point. it only gets out of the stall when all the moisture is gone. 

    context is important :)
  • MCRMCR Posts: 270
    Interesting read....
  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,102

    Thanks for sharing ... great info!

    I will try this myself ...

    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
  • Very informative.  Thanks for that.
  • guys are like MIT online!
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