- Nov 1, 2020
- Reaction score
- Select Elite pellet smoker grill
The title of this has a couple meanings. I have been a long time enjoyer of smoked meats, first time smoking my own. I recently bought a used (but great condition) Traeger Select Elite pellet smoker grill. It is a version built for Costco I believe. After doing plenty of research about how to smoke a brisket I went for it. Everything said my 4 lb flat should finish around the 6 hour mark. I put it on at 11:45am at 250 and didn't hit 165 until 921pm. I wrapped it in butcher paper, and put it back on and this is where the frustration kicked in. The temps would not rise! I thought it may have been a bad probe, but I checked it with a separate, non digital meat thermometer and verified the temp. At 115AM I finally pulled it off regardless of displayed temp and put in a cooler for about 45 minutes. At 2AM, yes 2 in the morning, I cut into it. It was pretty damn good. Juicy, fat rendered solid bark and tender. Although it came out pretty good I am still calling this a fail as the people I was cooking for had to shift gears and cook for me. Glad I have good neighbors! Did I do something wrong? 13 hours and as full hopper of pellets later I ended up with leftovers...