Record keeping of past smoking sessions.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by h2so4ca, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. h2so4ca

    h2so4ca Meat Mopper

    So about a week ago a good friend of mine stopped by as I was smoking some baby back ribs for a party I was going to. He was very 

    interested in what I was doing and how I knew what to do. Well that got me wondering about how other people do it.

    I guess the best place to start is with what I do. 

    Even though I'm new to this board I have been smoking meat and BBQing for many years. Off my back deck I have a 48" Lang stick 

    smoker, a Cajun Injection dual door electric smoker and a Webber 36" grill. Now with all of these different smokers I need to keep log

    books of all of my different sessions. I think I have about 20 three ring binders full of information that must go back 15 years or so.

    I keep track of time/temp, meat, seasonings, results and any odd factors like outside temp, wind, rain etc. And different smokers as I

    have had several others in the past. Recently I have moved to the digital age and have been slowly changing over to a spread sheet

    system so I can search for similar situations that I have come across in the past. 

    Now what do the rest of you do something similar or do you have a completely different method. I just think if you can keep track of

    these things your chance of a great BBQ go up exponentially.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2014
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I take all the notes, like you take. Then I assemble them all with pictures (Qview), and post the whole thing on this Forum.

    Then whenever I want to do the same thing again, I can just go to SMF, and look up how I did it before.

    Meanwhile all of the SMF members can use it too. Some of them are below, in my signature.

  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can't get to where you are going unless you know where you have been.

    These have been hanging around here for awhile, you are welcome to blow the dust off and use any part you'd like.
  4. h2so4ca

    h2so4ca Meat Mopper

    Thank you those are very good. I'm going to look those over and see if I want to modify my current system.

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