Stall | BBQ Dictionary
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The Stall is the period of time while you are smoking meat that the internal temperature stops rising and holds or even slightly drop for up to several hours.

BBQ Temperature Stall

143... Looking Good

BBQ Temperature Stall

Still 143... Hmmmm?

BBQ Temperature Stall

STILL 143! What's up with this meat?

For the backyard BBQ enthusiast who is cooking a brisket or pork butt for the first time this can be very confusing/frustrating.  So relax… this happens to everyone… you did not screw anything up… and do not raise your cooking temps – you must wait the STALL out.


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