No q-view, runaway smoker

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by plj, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. plj

    plj Meat Mopper

    My wife was baking cheesecakes all afternoon for a charity auction, so: "dinner on the smoker please!"

    OK! Bone-in venison chops - rubbed with EVOO, CBP, salt, & crushed garlic. Plenty of fat still on them, so no bacon needed. Top with a heaping tsp of high quality bleu cheese (lots of chunks!) dressing before serving. Also threw in a 3 lb homemade venison bologna for an appetizer, smoked spuds, and a salad. Didnt smoke the salad. Now, my plan was to smoke the chops for about 30 - 40 minutes @ 200 or so, then finish them off for a few minutes on the propane weber. It didnt quite work out that way though ...
    After about 25-30 minutes, my wife hollers down to the basement "Theres something wrong with your smoker, you'd better come quick!"

    Well, just a few weeks ago I got started on using up some scrap lumber to build a cart for my smoker so it would be portable, store all my stuff together, and I wouldn't have to bend over so much. Pic attached - it's not finished yet, so please dont be too critical. :)

    So I came running up stairs & out to the front yard, and there's my smoker 50 yards down the driveway, laying sideways in the grass with the door open and food all over the lawn, a nice TBS curling up to the sky. Wood chips, jerky racks, remote thermometer parts etc all over the place!

    Sorry, no pictures - I was in kind of an angry state of mind at the time, & the wife & kids laughing didnt help much.

    Cleaned everything up and finishing it off on the grill. It all tasted pretty good, I think I got all the grass off. By the end of dinner I could laugh about it too, seeing my cart & smoker rolling down the driveway would have made a pretty good "americas funniest videos" entry. Yes, I really hate the "doing stupid stuff" that comes along with being human.

    Moral of the story: if you build a smoker cart, make sure you block the wheels. [​IMG]
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG] Thanks for sharing that with us. Another option for wheels would have been locking wheels. At least you were able to still have dinner. [​IMG]
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I'm laughing with you that had to be a sight to see. [​IMG] I can see it now smoker races on Saturdays [​IMG]
  4. plj

    plj Meat Mopper

    Yeah, the wheels I got are 5" diameter, $3 each. The locking ones were 3" diameter, $7.50 each. I wanted the bigger diameter because they roll better so I figured they'd make it easier to move the cart into the garage, onto the porch when it rains, onto the trailer. And I was using all scrap materials except the wheels, I wanted "cheap."

    Yep, they roll better, LOL.
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    It goes faster that way too [​IMG]

    Actually I'm glad nothing happened to the smoker or the food and you have a good story to tell
  6. nomorecoop

    nomorecoop Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Yeah...Gotta go Bubba on you.

    This thread sucks without pictures!!!!

    lol...Just kidding. If it would have happened to me, there wouldn't be any evidence either [​IMG]
  7. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    If you had film you could have put it on America's Funniest Home Video [​IMG] Glad you were able to rescue it. Not a problem with Maude. She is hard to move. I need to change her wheels for something bigger.
  8. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Proud of you for eating the food anyways! My dogs would have beat me to it, they camp out by the smoker when its running.

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