New to smoking...water pan and other questions.

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by jumpon, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. I have grilled for many years, but I've had little experience with slow, smoke cooking.  I just built a UDS and cooked a 7lb. butt.  Cooked it at 225-250 for 5 hrs. to 190 inside temp. I pulled it and rested it in an ice chest for 1 hr. and bone pulled out easily.  It seemed to have too much smoke, somewhat smutty.  It was tender, and tasted great, but a little dry.   I wonder if I should have used a water pan set up? (Of which I'm not sure the purpose of)  Should I have used the 3-2-1 method.  I cooked it with the fat side down and wonder if this dripping heavily on the coals caused the smutty smoke problem?

    Any help will be appreciated and thanks,

  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. How much wood did you use the key is TBS (thin blue smoke) or no smoke and just the smell of the wood. We have a saying around here if you can smell the wood so can the meat. The 3-2-1 method is for spare ribs. The water pan is used mostly as a heat sync some people claim it adds moisture to the smoke environment and some say it doesn't. Some people will foil the butt at about 160-165 internal then take it up to 190 for slicing or 200-205 for pulling you may want to try that next time
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
  4. I used the minion method with about 10 lbs. of Kingsford Original, and 4 half fist size chunks of white oak mixed in.
  5. smokinal

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

    Piney gave you good advice. The key is TBS. Not billowing white smoke. Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you here.
  6. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Another source of the smutty taste is poor movement of the smoke.  You want the smoke to just pass over the meat, not get stuck in the chamber.  We do this by leaving the vents in the smoke chamber open all the way, all the time.  Control the fire with the dampers in the firebox, bottom of your smoker. 

    If it is dry you probably cooked it to long.  The fat on top or bottom is one of of the on going discussions on the board.  I usually cook with the fat on top to help baste the meat.  Cook it the way Piney said and you shouldn't have any problem.

    Welcome to the forum

  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


     You found the right place.

    Lots of info. Use the search tool and the Wikis also have lots of info.

  8. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member


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  9. Thanks for the welcome guys and the tips too.  Looking forward to the future in smoke cooking.  Is there some info. on this site for posting pictures?
  10. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     Welcome to the SMF. Jerry has given you much food for thought.It's all good my friend.
  11. 5 hrs for a 7 lb butt to get to 190? How did that happen? How far in was the probe when you got that reading?

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