my first try at smoking (with Q-view)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dewberry, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. dewberry

    dewberry Fire Starter

     Howdy guys,  im new to this but i figured i would post the few pics i took and see what yall thought

    so for forth of july weekend i figure why not try breaking in the kinda custom made bbq pit i just finished fabricating/assembleing, for details on the pit check here (

    so i decide to do 2 racks or spare ribs, 2 beer can chickens, and as many ABTs as one pack of bacon would make. so i ran to the store after church and bought everything. i had to barrow 2 beers from the neighbor since it was before noon on sunday (no beer sold during this time in texas) and then realized that i didnt have a beer can chicken rack, i dont know how i over looked this... to me and my dad(im only 19 and im home for the summer)  quickly made one from an old mig welding wire spool. im kinda an out of the box thinker. haha. so the meat was on the smoker and i could finally relax, or so i thought

    [​IMG]it turned out i was wrong, very wrong. in the 20 min or so that i spent away from the smoker building the chicken rackmy fire had died down quite a bit and i couldnt get it above 180. so i had a good bed of coals but nothing burning at a decent temp, to i threw in 2 cooking sized logs with a bunch of kindling and pencil size pieces got the fire back going and i was in business 


    so after 3 hours at 225 (i choose to do the 3-2-1 metod for the ribs) the chicken was at 170 so i pulled it off and wrapped in foil and towels then threw it in the cooler to stay hot till everything else was ready. and on went the ABTs


    about 2/3 of the ABTs i used green bell peppers instead of jalapenos because most of my family doesnt like heat. but the jalapenos turned out to be not hot at all and had a much better flavor, but both kinda disappeared quickly, i barely remember to take a picture


     but unfortunately i was so hungry when the ribs came off  i forgot to take picture of all the finished meat [​IMG]   [​IMG]

    so in hindsight here are the mistake i made starting from the beginning.

    i should have put the chickens in a brine over night, i didnt brine at all and they were kinda dry

    not having a chicken rack, but thats fixed now

    not putting any kind of rub or sauce on the chicken other than the beer, i dont know what i was thinking

    and most important not remembering to take pictures of the final product 

    PS if anyone has any suggestions or criticisms or anything else please chime in, im young (19) and very new to smoking meat but extremely eager to learn everything yall have to offer
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Nice! [​IMG]
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It all looks good from here!
  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    All-N-All you did a great job.[​IMG]

    I'm glad you realized your most crucial mistake [​IMG]
  5. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK, so your 19, first time smoke on the rig you made?  WOW, the rest is just a little speed bump in the road.

    I say:              

  6. dewberry

    dewberry Fire Starter

    well i didnt make the whole thing, i made the fire box and then joined it to a store bought cooking chamber given to my by a friend because i got tired of waiting for to find a pipe or propane tank of something cheap enough for me to afford. but im still looking for  the material to make a cooking chamber out of, but i would rather have this while i wait cause at least i can start learning
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  7. dewberry

    dewberry Fire Starter

    yeah i kinda messed up, but i was just SOOOOOOOO HUNGRY after smelling the amazing smell of smoke and cooking meat for 6 hours 
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Thanks for posting the first swim...ya did great!!

  9. dewberry

    dewberry Fire Starter

  10. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice first smoke!  Congrats!
  11. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Lookin good! At least your first smoke was edible. Some aren't so lucky. I cook with a camera in my pocket. Just sayin.
  12. seaham358

    seaham358 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Keep reading the other posts, that's how I picked up tricks when I first started. 

    Keep smoking and you'll nail it in no time. 

    You don't have to brine a chicken to get a moist chicken.. I like cooking them laying flat, it helps hold in the juices, standing up they run out, that's been my experience with that.
  13. [​IMG]Great first smoke. You are well on your way. As was already said. Keep reading these posts here and you will be a BBQ god in no time. Man when I was 19 I only cared about smoking....Oh never mind.
  14. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Well you done real good ...
  15. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

    man thats a lot of food

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