First smoke

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jwchestnut, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. My new custom smoker http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/140447/1st-draft-of-my-smoker-build#post_1025883 arrives from the shop tomorrow and I'm looking forward to trying it out. I've decided on some leg quarters and rib ends tomorrow while I take temperature readings. Thursday will be a rack of spare ribs and som sausage, and I'll top it off with pork butt on Saturday or Sunday.
    Any tips, warnings, or good advice would be appreciated. I'll be sure to q-view the whole process. Wish me luck.

     
  2. Sounds like you have some fun ahead of you  [​IMG]   Good luck  [​IMG]
     
  3. That's quite the way to break in a new smoker. Sounds like your gonna be having a great week end.

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  4. It's here!


    First test. 4 leg quarters brined, dried and rubbed, 4 just rubbed, and some rib ends I picked up on the cheap.

    That's about as hot as I can get my gauge to read without a roaring fire. My digital Taylor says 227. Holding steady with the firebox vent nearly closed.


    My wife and daughter keep asking if its done. I plan on moving the temp prob to a leg quarter at the two hour mark.
     
  5. I think tomorrow ill be testing my gauges to see how accurate they are.
     
  6. Nice smoker  [​IMG]   I like the dinner bell  [​IMG]
     
  7. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Really nice looking smoker. .. plenty of room inide the housing it looks like. Good luck and keep us posted. .
     
  8. Nice smoker. Yard bird is a good test piece. Very forgiving and taste great.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  9. Fairly certain I built my fire wrong. Tomorrow ill go with a bigger start, build up a nice bed of coals, then add chunks as needed.
     
  10. That's the fun of a new smoker. Learning how it works. Eating the results and trying again.

    Happy smoken. 

    David
     
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep, learning and playing is what it's all about ; with a bonus of good food.[​IMG]
     
  12. I'm also enjoying the "making sure my temp doesn't spike babe, can you bring me another beer?" I wonder how long I'll be able to pull that off.
     
  13. Finished Rib Ends. More tender than I thought they'd be.

    Leg quarters came out perfect. The brined ones were a little on the salty side. Read the tip about rinsing them well, after they'd been on for an hour.
     
  14. Looks like you're already turning out some good food!  [​IMG]   It won't be long till you get that new smoker all figured out  [​IMG]
     
  15. tonybel

    tonybel Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats!!
    Your making me hungry...
     

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