Ribs and WSM

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by reflect, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. reflect

    reflect Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Well time to try a different smoker. I am thinking the 22 inch WSM. Question can you lay a full rack of ribs on it or do you have to roll them? How many pork butts/shoulder can you get on it at one time?

    Thanks,

    B
     
  2. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Even on the 18.5" I dont have to roll or cut the ribs. I can easily get 2 slabs of bb's or spares on the top and bottom racks by just curving them large bone sides to the outside of the smoker.

    Butts I can do 2 on each rack easily.

    Id bet double those ammounts on the 22".
     
  3. dangermouse

    dangermouse Fire Starter

    yep, I did 4 racks of baby backs laid out on the top rack of my wsm 22, though I had to squish them up a small bit to get the lid on. I haven't done more than one shoulder but I'd guess 3 per rack with room to breathe, so 6 total, or maybe 8 if they weren't giant.
     
  4. reflect

    reflect Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Do you use water in the water boil or just foil the bowl and leave it dry?
     
  5. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I run a full pan of water in a foiled water bowl. Helps keep the heat up in the winter. Maybe this summer I will use no water pan, or one with sand.
     
  6. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I tried the sand mod yesterday, it went very well. I'll have to try it more than once to give it a thumbs up or down though.
     
  7. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    good to hear Rick, it is on my list of things to try, although I do like the moist smoking environment the water pan gives to pork.
     
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm trying it to see if I can have a steady long burn with out any intervention. This will be for a long over night cook.
     
  9. reflect

    reflect Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I used sand in my GOSM instead of water and it worked great. I read that people foil the entire WSM bowl and don't put anything in it.

    Next question, I see the 22 has two cooking grates. Big difference in temps from lower to upper?
     
  10. reflect

    reflect Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Another question after reading for the 22 inch model ONLY....

    Can you get it stable at 225 or do you seem to hang at 275?
     
  11. reflect

    reflect Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Also i now see there are two different model numbers???????????

    731001 and 8280???????

    Sorry for all the questions lol.
     
  12. abokol

    abokol Smoke Blower

    731001 is the new pn for the 22.5 WSM beginning in 2009. The old pn didnt have the lid thermometer I believe.
     
  13. dangermouse

    dangermouse Fire Starter

    I've only done a few cooks on my wsm22, so don't take any of my info as gospel. I fill up the water bowl, if only because I figure that's what it's there for and I haven't noticed any reason to put anything else in there.

    On temperature, I haven't had any problem keeping it under 225, or as high as about 285. Couldn't get much higher than 285 though. Whatever it settled to based on how I did the vents, it really liked to just stay there.

    I've not measured the temperature difference between the two racks yet, but I would guess the lower one would be a bit hotter to some degree. I'll have to check that out next time I use it.
     
  14. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great site, all business re: the WSM, alot more info than there is here on the WSM as well.
     
  15. ermot

    ermot Fire Starter

    I like that site for WSM specific info. I have used sand in the water pan for a few years now and it works great. I just put foil over the top of the pan to make clean up easy and keep the sand clean.
     
  16. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    Mine will cruise at 225 for 8-10 hours on a full load, with water pan filled with 2 gallons of boiling water.
     
  17. reflect

    reflect Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Well mind is now made up and all questions answered. Unfortunately I can not seem to find one in town. I don't want to order it and wait. I want to smoke a brisket tomorrow damnit lol.
     

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