1st Smoke on the new Chargrill SFB smoker.

Discussion in 'Pork' started by gators2000, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. I posted up last week that I just got my first smoker.  This weekend, I got the pleasure of cooking for 17 adults and some kids.  Decided to to 3 nice size rack of baby backs, 2 whole chickens (quartered) and a small pork loin.  I was a bit stressed when things got started as I had never used this smoker and really never even smoked much at all.  The guest all had high expectations.  

    Put a rub on the BB's the night before and marinated the chicken in a modified Mojo sauce (and other stuff).  Fired up the smoker at about 9:30 am and the BB's were on by 10:10.  Learned my first lesson shortly there after...  I used WAY too much lit charcoal.  Quickly, the temp shot to 350 and I was panicking to cool it off.  I finally just scooped half the lit coals out of the fire box and that did the trick. From them on, I was able to maintain between 225 and 250 ish.  


    Used the 2-2-1 method for the baby backs and the chicken took about 2 1/2 ish hours to reach temp.  All came out VERY good and lots of compliments came.  This was a good learning lesson and I feel I definitely "jumped right in" with the amount of guests and food.  Though all turned out very good, I think next time will be much more relaxing and enjoyable.  My camera broke when I started the grill so I only have a pic from my wife's phone of the BB's.  Forgot to snap one when it was full of Chicken too.

    Thanks for all the advice on the other threads.

  2. Glad it all came out good and everyone enjoyed. It will get less stressful each time you do it. Nice job on your 1st smoke.
  3. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]  no complaints, no sickness...just kiddn sounds like a good smoke
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job on your first run!
  5. Thanks guys.  It was fun.  Now I'm trying to decide what to cook this weekend.  :) 
  6. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Smoking can be stressful when friends and time is upon you...but you did good...
  7. tirrin

    tirrin Smoke Blower

    congrats !! i have the same smoker and have found that with a charcoal basket and simply flipping over the smoking chamber's ash pan to use as a baffle i can easily manage 225..however every smoker is different..good luck bud

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