Huge Shoutout to Badfrog!

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by freshmeat, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. freshmeat

    freshmeat Smoke Blower

    Background information.
    I had constructed my charcoal basket for my UDS based off of the 20/20 thread found here (great idea btw) http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...ad.php?t=89796
    I used a larger piece of expanded metal after calculating the volumes of several UDS charcoal baskets found here and other sites. I just was not getting the consistent temps and definitely not getting the length of burn reported by all other UDS users with this square design.

    Solution.
    I did not know Badfrog, we had swapped PMs in attempts to find a source of barrels locally to us, and other UDS build questions. On learning of my less than stellar results offered his help. He has a sweet set up in a beautiful spot of Tennessee and constructed this work of art.
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    I have not used the 'diffuser' plate / lid yet, only have one smoke in since the upgrade. HUGE difference in performance, UDS got to stable temp much faster than with previous square design, and more importantly once temp was dialed in at ~235* locked on with no adjustments.

    I was a very happy camper, instead of wetting my pants in excitement drank a beer or two and added some meat.
    Bird legs brined in Travco's recipe, baby backs wrapped couple days in a new rub I put together.
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    Time to wrap up the ribs (use 2:2:1 method, varies depending on how ribs feel after initial 2 hours)
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    OK, only one poor money shot (neighbor wandered over that had been giving me some SERIOUS grief over the UDS idea... we destroyed the majority of the legs which were washed done by previously mentioned beersssssssss[​IMG])
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    First observation was a definite taste difference from fat / juices dropping on coals (I have only smoked on electric with drip pan before), liked it. I look forward to using diffuser plate to see differences.

    Bottom line and most important, a [​IMG] and [​IMG]to Badfrog for completely changing the performance of my UDS. This place is awesome because of members like Badfrog!
     
  2. yount

    yount Meat Mopper

    awesome looking grub and great job on the basket
     
  3. hhookk

    hhookk Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Did you make that rack for the chicken? Very nice looking grub.
     
  4. freshmeat

    freshmeat Smoke Blower

    Year or two old from HD 50% off in off season sale pile...not on sale around $6.
     
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Now that's a fire pit. [​IMG]
     
  6. freshmeat

    freshmeat Smoke Blower

    Shameless bump[​IMG] to acknowledge Badfrog, and a reminder how great this site is to us on the low end of the learning curve.
     
  7. badfrog

    badfrog Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Freshmeat...

    glad to hear it is working for you!!! That is a cool bird leg rack! You forgot to mention the brinkman smoker you brought me... I am thinking about a double stacked brinkman charcoal smoker.... :)
     
  8. freshmeat

    freshmeat Smoke Blower

    You are correct sir, this is a fire pit! Kissed a couple meat loafs and a 'pickled' chicken (2 day brine of sugar, salt and prague #1) with some smoke on Sunday. I let my drum run until I had to hit the sack, locked on at ~235* for 11 hours before I shut it down (plenty of fuel left)...full packer be afraid, I have the tool now and shopping for you. This bucket is awesome!

    Badfrog is an affirmation why this site is so strong!
     

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