Smoke Logbook

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dieselbear, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. dieselbear

    dieselbear Fire Starter

    anybody come up with a record keeping logbook for what, when and how they smoke?
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sorry my engineering comes through as geekiness. But I use these for my smokes, my cures and I have a seperate one for the wines I drink. They cost about a buck.

  3. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I know I'll be devestated if there's ever another great crash, but I do pretty detailed threads on the SMF. I often go back and look at my own old threads and go "oh yeah, that's what I did".
  4. dieselbear

    dieselbear Fire Starter

    that works,,
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    Knock on wood that shouldnt happen. I have tried to take steps to minimize loss if it happens. Im talking less than 24 hours work of data at the most.
  6. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    For me I just keep a running log that I update after each smoke. I list my impressions of the final smoke along with Smoker temps, adjustments that needed to be made because of wind, temp, wood being used etc. If I get an assist from a fellow SMF member that I would like to try, I try it and make note of the resullts and my impressions. I ususally keep a log for each type of meat I am smoking and keep it on a flash drive, so if my laptop crashes, I have it saved.
  7. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I have a 3" 3 ring binder sectioned off into Beef, Pork, Poultry, Sausage, and Rubs/Marinades that I use to keep track of what I try, tweaks I would like to make in the future, and how I felt about what I made.
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  9. dieselbear

    dieselbear Fire Starter

    Thanks RickW...That is exactly what I was looking for.
  10. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Rick beat me to it...

    That's the one I have... use?, no to be honest...
    I have always said I need to print that out eveytime I smoke cuz I will LEARN from it. But I get lazy.
  11. slim

    slim Meat Mopper

    Thanks gonna print some out and use it
  12. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    If I kept records then I wouldn't need to come here and bug you all! [​IMG]
  13. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm not real formal, but I do make notes especially the first 2 or 3 hours of a smoke.

    Tonight represents Last Nights super bowl smoke, comparing smoking identical meat the week before..

    I use a simple note database called MytreeDBPro I discuss it in this thread.

    I keep minor notes on smokes there, as well as a ton of other stuff, including recipes, projects, etc. I highly recommend this little DB program as a free form storage of info you want to save and easily find and use later.
  14. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There are lots of ways to set-up a Log for BBQing.  I use a small record book($1.50) and record all my recipes, techniques , weather conditions , type of wood  , heat at which I choose to keep my cooking chamber , track my IMT's and explain how I corrected any problems I have during cooking (wind , Rain ,temps. ,etc.)

    A lot of you have some extrodinary ways of doing things and many worth noting for future trial. Takes no time to start a log , and it is a great way to spend your time during cooks .

    I highly recommend this practice for anyone , experienced or not. I was a Chef for several years at the French Quarter in Perrysburg , Ohio ; I still keep logs on my cooking .  A definite help for all Cooks/Chefs and wanna-bes.

    Have fun and . . .
    Last edited: May 15, 2014

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