My first smoke with qview

Discussion in 'Pork' started by aem, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. aem

    aem Newbie

    This is my first smoke I've ever done. Picked up a Weber Smokey Mountain last night along with 10lbs of beef brisket and 10lbs of pork shoulder. I am on my 6th hour right now and temps are 167 164, respectively. It has been somewhat windy here in Phoenix today so I've had to close 2 of the bottom vents to keep it below 250 degrees. It'll jump to 280 if I leave all 3 at 25% open. I have been following the sticky on this forum and so far it has been working out well. I've noticed that the hickory I picked up at home depot only has a good smoke going on it for a few hours so I have to place a few chunks in every once in a while. I did the "minion" method so I hope the coals last for another 4 hours or so. The forums have been a great help! Thanks everyone for their tips. I'll update later with the finished product. Here are some pictures I have so far:

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    And for moral support! :)

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  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice aem. Your on the right trach for sure. I bet family and friends enjoyed that hunk of meat.
     
  3. Congrats on your first smoke. Looks good so far. Be sure to let us know how it turns out.

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  4. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man, you're jumping in with both feet! Looks good and look forward to a report [​IMG]
     
  5. bhille42

    bhille42 Meat Mopper

    That's a pretty big feat for your first time out. Excellent job! Way to do your homework!
     
  6. aem

    aem Newbie

    The meat is wrapped now in foil and both are now holding at 170. This plateau period is no joke!

    Yeah, the wife already commented why I needed so much meat, but I figure Weber created two racks for a reason :) This should make for some good eating tonight (hopefully) and good snackin for the rest of the weekend. I picked up a food vac for the leftovers. I'm already wanting to try some ribs next, thanks to everyones great pictures.
     
  7. reddog

    reddog Fire Starter

    I hear ya bro, way to go to the max on your first smoke. Don't rush it let it smoke low and slow.GOOD LUCK.
     
  8. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    good looking smoke u have going-I talked with bro-he said u had your first storm last nite-I 100 miles south of u-glad u joined SMF. hope to hear more from u.
     
  9. jocosa

    jocosa Meat Mopper

    Talk about a perfect pair - a smoker and a vacuum sealer. [​IMG] You'll enjoy both, and the sealer for so many things you haven't even thought of yet. Which sealer did you get?

    The SMF prepared me for my first plateau too... with all the seasoned advice that one needs to know!

    Make sure you have a cooler and old bath towels ready for your rest...

    Also sounds like your summer will be full of good food too!
     
  10. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks great way to jump right in with both feet
     
  11. meat-man

    meat-man Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks good brother nice job [​IMG]
     
  12. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the QVIEW. Great job!
     
  13. aem

    aem Newbie

    Thanks everyone! I think for my first time it turned out very well. I learned some valuable lessons for next time. I need to get better wood chunks that last longer than the ones I had. I didn't have a thermometer that went up high enough for the first few hours so when I finally got one, the temps were in the 280's. I was able to keep a steady 240-250 for the rest of the smoke once I got the thermometer and adjusted the vents to compensate for the wind we had yesterday. I also need to invest in some bbq gloves because oven mitts and covering them with ziploc bags was not ideal! The camera's battery is dead but I will post the finished product later. Everyone who had some last night seemed to really enjoy it. I can not wait until my next smoke. I even had bbq for breakfast this morning :) Thanks again
     
  14. Looks good bud; can you ever have too much meat? [​IMG]
     
  15. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    YOU DA MAN!!!!! glad every thing turned out good for you. You did the right thing getting a thermometer.I don't know how anyone can smoke meat with out one. I have 4 of them, 1 for the smoker temp. ( I never trust the one that is built in) and the rest for what ever I'm smokeing. Hope to see more of you here and what ever you smoke.
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  16. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awesome first smoke.
     

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