NJ Native in Upstate NY.

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by njbill, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. njbill

    njbill Newbie

    Bought my first smoker last night.  It's the Brinkman Smokin Pit.  I did some research online before I bought it, and I know it's not the most kindly considered smoker in the world, but it was the right price, and it had the room to do the kind of smoking I hope to do in the near future.  This morning I woke up early, ran to the store, and got it curing by about 8:30 am, and as of about 11 am an 8 lb pork shoulder is on the rack.  I rubbed it last night and let it sit in the fridge, and I'm using a pretty simple applejuice/cider vinegar mop sauce.  So far it seems to be holding temperature pretty well, though I really don't know what I'm doing.

    I figure that's about all the introduction necessary.  I'll be around, and try to get some pics up of this virgin smoke. 



    Here's the shoulder raw and rubbed on my counter this morning, and then about 2 or 3 hours into the smoke.  It's getting mighty soft, hoping it won't be pork jelly by the time I take it off...  Internal temp right around 175 or so. 

    Last edited: Jul 4, 2010
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome Bill, any chance you got some Q-view (pic's) of that shoulder? I had a lot of good smokes on my brinkman pit, you'll enjoy it.

    And just for curiosity.,where is upstate NY to you?
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2010
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF, looks like you're jumping right into the thick of it all. It's all good my friend.
  4. njbill

    njbill Newbie

    I'm in Rochester, currently.  I realize it's only about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up the state, but between the lake effect snow and the roadwork it feels all the way up state to me.

  5. 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. [​IMG]
  6. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Welcome aboard!  Nice intro with Qview to boot!  Hope you enjoyed your smoke! [​IMG]
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to our SMF family!  Great start on a smoke, how'd it turn out?  If you wanted to pull it you should run it to about 205° internal, make sure your therm is accurate (test it in a glass of ice water, should read 32°, or in boiling water 212° or so depending on your height).

    Have you experienced lake effect there?  I'm from upstate NY on the west side of the lake in Watertown, NY.  This was a couple years ago in Oswego, between Rochester and Watertown:



    Now you know why I live in Texas! LOL!
  8. njbill

    njbill Newbie

    Ah...  I used to go visit a buddy of mine up in Potsdam sometimes, when he went to college there, and that was the only time I've ever seen snow like that.  I've only been in Rochester for a year though, and I'm told it was quite the mild winter, which I have no problem believing.  But I'm screwed anywhere I go, if it's not the cold and snow, it's the damned heat.  Just can't win.

    Pork came out pretty darn good.  Had a nice thick smoke ring.  Only regret is that after 12 hours it was still just sitting around about 185 degrees, so I know it was good to serve, but it wasn't as good to pull as I had hoped.  I would have kept it on for a few more hours, but I was running out of charcoal.  It was tasty though, I whipped up a quick blackberry jam (home made) finishing bbq sauce, and the sweet/tart of that went real well with the peppery rub I'd used on the pork.  Here it is after I ruined how pretty it was by trying to pull it. [​IMG]
  9. richc

    richc Fire Starter

    I'm in Rochester too, and I've always referred to this part of the state as Western NY. People in NYC call anything west and north of Westchester county as "upstate" [​IMG]  
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2010
  10. njbill

    njbill Newbie

    That's a fair title, I think.  Western New York.
  11. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    Welcome [​IMG]to the [b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b]SMF[/b][/b][/b][/b][/b][/b][/b][/b][/b][/b] forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.

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