Alton Brown Special

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by biologyguy, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. biologyguy

    biologyguy Newbie

    My mom gave me a $50 gift card to Home Depot.  I decided I needed another smoker, so I looked around the internet and found an Alton Brown video on this home-build.  I place an 18.5 inch grill between the two pots.  I have used this smoker for rib roast, pastrami, ribs, and turkey legs.  It is the poor-mans version of the green egg, holding temperature really well.  Scroll to the bottom to see the first rib roast I smoked in this contraption.

    Two terracotta pots...


    An electric burner is in the bottom beneath the pie plate.  The grill is used to support a liquid pan...


    I had to drill out the bottom hole a little to get the cord end through.  The burner has an adjustable control that I set at medium high.  The expense was in the terracotta pots, so if you have some laying around or you can score them in a garage sale, you can make this smoker for under $30.


    [​IMG]Here is the first smoked rib roast after 5.5 hours.!!!

  2. That's awesome. I've thought about building one of these too
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]    Glad to have you with us!

    Great looking smoker & great looking roast too!
  4. daggerdoggie

    daggerdoggie Smoke Blower

    Looks like you had great results.  Personally, I enjoy Alton Brown's show.
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job on the AB smoker, and the beautiful Rib Roast !!!


  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What do you have for an exhaust  vent on the top?
  7. bratrules

    bratrules Smoking Fanatic

    thats cool!!!! also that rib roast looks killer!!
  8. biologyguy

    biologyguy Newbie


    I actually place an 18.5" grill between the two pots that vents around the circumference.  There is a hole in the bottom of the pots that I run the power cord through at the bottom, and vent out of on top.


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