Maiden Voyage On The Bandera

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by mikey, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    This will be my 1st smoke on the newly acquired Bandera. Doing up 3 racks of spares, a tri-tip, chicken thighs and some peeled red potatos. Using lump for the heat base, and using red oak. No pics of the spuds. We've all seen pics of peeled spuds, haven't we?
     
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good so far.
     
  3. rodc

    rodc Smoke Blower

    I can see that I used WAY too much rub on my first rack I did today, cheers for the pictures.
     
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Most likely not, I pile it on.

    Nice looking grub Mikey. Get some pics of the smoker doing it's thing too.
     
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I wouldnt say that. Mikey just has a soft stomach. [​IMG]
     
  6. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    It really matters how it tastes. If your smoke was good, then the amount of rub was fine..........
     
  7. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Here ya go, Rick
     
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Some nice tbs there Mikey........points for you.
     
  9. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Rick. This smoker is definately a new learning curve for me. The proof will be in the puddin' (the goodies inside). It's a bit more work, but the fun factor is higher.
     
  10. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I hear ya on the learning curve Mikey. I went from a uds to an offset. While the uds is super simple and the offset is quite a bit more involved I'm liking the offset more and more every time I use it.

    It helps your new smoker is a quality unit too.
     
  11. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    I hear ya on the quality unit. Got it figured out that when the temp drops to 225, throw another log on the fire. Seems to work just fine.
     
  12. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    About the same as the Horizon, nice!
     
  13. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congrats on the new smoker Mikey! Nothing like a new toy!
     
  14. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Billbo. It's been an interesting day so far, but it's not over yet.
     
  15. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice! Glad to see you're using it. Keep the qview coming. [​IMG]
     
  16. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mikey, That's looks like a quality built toy you got there. Looking forward to the final views.
     
  17. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like a good ol' time there, Mikey! Keep 'em coming! You got me thinking about my plans for the 4th, dude....slurp, slurp! Heh-heh!

    I'll be looking for the rest of it later.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Eric
     
  18. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Finally done with everything including todays mess. This has been one incredible day of smoking and the Bandera lived up to it's reputation, and then some. I couldn't be happier with the outcome. So without further adoo, here are the final pics. The chicken thighs & tri-tip. I took the tip to 150 and let it rest. The thighs went to 175.



    The tri tip sliced along with a fairly decent smoke ring. I'm impressed!




    And the ribs, which were according to the wench "Your best ribs ever".



    On the plate & fit for a King. That would be me. It's all about me me me! What a blast doing this smoke. While it was a bit more labor intensive than what I've grown accustomed to, it was a whole ton o fun. I learned a lot about manageing the fire and the little quirks about this smoker. Other Bandera owners along with BSKD owners all say these smokers are fuel hogs. They weren't kidding either. Glad I've got a good source for wood now[​IMG] Thanks for following along and looking at the finished goodies.
     
  19. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great Views Mikey..That King Plate Special at the end says it all! Congratulations on a great Smoke on your great Smoker.
     
  20. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the Q-view Mikey. I'm glad to see you're enjoying your new toy.
     

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