First run on the Drum....with Qview

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by buffalosmoke, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. buffalosmoke

    buffalosmoke Meat Mopper

    So I finally got to use my drum this weekend. For the last month or so, every time I was gonna smoke something, the wife would invite people over for Q. I don't like cooking on a new smoker for company. It was just two of us out came the drum.

    I was pretty lucky...I got most of my stuff for free. I work on all kinds of industrial I get to pick up lots of stuff. [​IMG]

    The only thing I had to buy was the bottom charcoal grate, and the three handles. Not too bad. She aint real purty....but she runs great! It was about 20° out yesterday, and I had no trouble keeping the drum at 220-250°.

    I still need to get a permanent thermometer. I was using my deep fryer therm yesterday.

    I did a rack of pork, and a rack of beef ribs. Ribs turned out great! Very tender and moist! I don't foil my ribs.....but I do spritz with some juice every now and then.
  2. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Those are some great looking ribs! Nice and juicy looking...and that wonderful pink color.

    Congrats on getting to use your new UDS. Looks like you will get a lot of good use from it.

  3. Nice looking ribs there... What kinda wood did you use? Thats a deep and heavy ring.
  4. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Looks great!

    Any reason you go with the lower cooking rack?
  5. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking drum. [​IMG]

    And that's some nice looking ribs, too! [​IMG]


  6. buffalosmoke

    buffalosmoke Meat Mopper

    Thanks guys!

    onedragon...I used some maple chunks from a sugar maple that fell down last year. This is the second smoke I have done with the maple...I like it....a sweet and mild smoke.

    ThunderDome...I plan on putting in a second rack. I just haven't gotten around to installing it yet.

    I was surprised at the smoke ring when I cut into the ribs last night. I was listening to a BBQ podcast earlier in the week, and they were saying that you get more of a ring if the ribs are cold. I usually take my ribs out of the fridge at least 45 min to an hour before they go the smoker. Yesterday...I took em out of the fridge, put the rub on, and put 'em right on the smoker.
  7. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    No question about it - you're ready for company. Great job.
  8. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  9. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's some nice looking grub, congrats on the drum.
  10. sure does look pretty - nice job. I'm not a charcoal guy myself only because I'm lazy...but I have to ask the purpose of the ball valve at the bottom of the drum (hope it's not too stupid of a question - I'll go with the newbie excuse on this one)
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with all of them those are some really good lookin ribs you smoked there Buffalo
  12. slim

    slim Meat Mopper

    Those look good....i cant wait to get my drum fired up
  13. denver dave

    denver dave Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Them are some great looking ribs. I bet they tasted just as good. Good job.
  14. buffalosmoke

    buffalosmoke Meat Mopper

    Thanks guys...the ribs were pretty darn good.
  15. wmarkw

    wmarkw Smoking Fanatic

    Nice smoke!!
  16. buffalosmoke

    buffalosmoke Meat Mopper

    The ball valve regulates the air flow. I have three 3/4" intake ports on the bottom of the smoker. Two of them have threaded plugs, and the third has the valve. On yesterdays smoke, I had one plug removed, and the ball valve was open a bit to maintain the 220-250 temps.
  17. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Everything loks great,welcome to the UDS side. [​IMG]
  18. grizandizz

    grizandizz Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    That looks great! Nice smoker and sweet looking beef ribs![​IMG]
  19. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice 1st run!
  20. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice looking DIY build... The proof is in those ribs..

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