Maverick arrived

Discussion in 'UK Smokers' started by resurrected, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. The Maverick had arrived when I got back from Bruges on Monday evening.

    Like all great courier services it had been wrapped in a bin liner and thrown over the garden gate!

    Just giving it a first run out on some belly pork.

  2. Temperature is staying at about 280 F

    Any ideas on how to lower it. Vents have been turned back to half on two and one closed. Top vent open.

  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Make sure you test your probes first in boiling water and ice water. 
  4. To late! But I will do that. Thank you.
  5. Pork belly done. I cooked it to about 140F.Then wrapped it and back on until it hit 165F. Then boxed it for about 90 mins.

    It's really tender and moist but I'd have been happier if the fat had broken down a little bit more.

  6. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Ressy, I do Pork Belly most weekends, and getting the fat reduction is not always possible. Did you get good crackling? I put mine under a hot grill to crisp it up nicely!
  7. That makes me feel better. No crackling as the butcher took all the skin off and just left a layer of fat.
  8. Chuffed as well today that the Maverick has proved to me I can keep temperature running in the ProQ.

    I learnt a lot at the smokers weekend that the guys on here ran.

    I'd had a major issue keeping a long consistent temperature prior to the weekend. Wade showed me (actually told me as I was having breakfast & missed him setting up my ProQ with the minion).

    However, having taken all on board & having used the Maverick today, I got an average temp of 240F over ten hours. And for that ten hour I also used the ProQ as a direct heat for about 90 mins ( so a temp drop) while cooking some chicken wings and corn.

    So I'm pretty confident I could do a 12 hour plus cook.

    Thanks Wade for your knowledge in how to fill a fire basket.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2015

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