Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by joe black, May 28, 2016.

  1. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had 3 nice racks of baby backs and 10# of CSR's for today. Cindy, her mom, aunt and my sister were looking for a good meal. I had a good fire going and everything was rubbed and ready. The sauce was made and the braise for the CSR's. Good bed of coals and good heat retention, everything ready.

    The only problem that I had was losing an hour in my head. My 3 hour cook went 4 hours. For some reason the baby backs were overdone and the bottom was charred. The CSR's were overdone and dry. Everyone was satisfied with their dinner except me. I really felt stupid and was mad as hell at myself.

    I hope I learned my lesson. It really makes me mad when I turn out meat like that. I guess everyone has a fooplah now and then, but it sure makes me feel like an idiot.
  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Take it easy it happens,you still ate all is good! But I feel your pain I posted a well done tri tip awhile back very depressing.:biggrin:
  3. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Everyone has a bad day now and then. Totally understand how stupid you feel, but nobody went hungry and they probably thought it was good, though not to your normal standards at least to you.
    Put it behind you, Joe, and carry on...
  4. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    We are our own worst critics, most likely everyone else

    thought it was fine.

    Heck if it always came out perfect, it would be boring.

    Look at it this way, if everything was as bad as you say

    you ain't goin' nowhere but up.

  5. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Shake it off Joe!  It's just a one time thing and you know what went wrong.  I'll take a plate of both, I'll bet they are tasty!

  6. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    We've all been there man in one way or another, so we all understand how ya feel ! Dust yourself off & get back in the saddle, your next smoke will be great ! Thumbs Up
  7. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Joe that is a shame,but like it was said,you were the only one who wasn't happy.

  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sorry Joe!

    When that happens to me, there's usually alcohol involved. [​IMG]

  9. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Hey it happened to me yesterday.  Kept looking for the pull back off the bones on the baby backs and finally after distraction pulled them close to 6 hrs.  Everybody loved them but me.  IMO they were a bit dry.  Still, I'm sitting here wondering why the pull back didn't even get to a good 1/4". Oh well....
  10. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Don't be too hard on yourself, happens to all of us now and then.  And like the other guys said, we are always our own worst critics!  If that's the worst meal you serve this year, and if everyone but you loved it, you're still doing better than many!  [​IMG]

    Last edited: May 29, 2016
  11. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Yeah, what they all said. Been there done that and spent the whole meal apologizing. I actually threw out a whole shoulder one time in frustration. Still feel a little guilty for the waste but at the time..........
  12. I'll bet there's not one of us that hasn't cooked something we are not proud of.
    Even the best of the best screw up now and then.
    Have you ever watched a behind the scene barbque contest on TV? There is a reason that most contestants don't even place. And if you have ever been to one of those contests where you can get samples from all the contestants and vote for the one you like best you might think your less than perfect cooks are better than many of those you tasted.
    I personally wish I had a dollar for every piece of meat I screwed up, I would buy one of those big rig stick burners.
  13. pich your head up joe, we have all been there.

  14. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks a lot, guys. I really appreciate all of the encouragement. I will probably live to smoke another day. LOL. It just goes to show what a great bunch of folks we have on this great site.

    Thanks again, Joe.
  15. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Agree.     I bet it was still great. 

    I will cook and say its OK but everyone loves it.     Being a cook, we are hard on ourselves , but we try our best to make everything perfect.   

    Trust me Joe, I have a lot of just OK cooks.
    Last edited: May 31, 2016
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry I'm so late---Just found this one:

    Stuff Happens Joe!!

    Sounds like your guests liked it.

    You can usually do something to be able to eat minor mistakes.

    I once cured & smoked a Turkey Breast, and all the Thinner parts were dry, but the thicker parts were Great.

    We just ate the thicker parts.

    Then I sliced the dryer parts real thin, like potato chips, and ate them as snacks during a Football game.

    Lesson learned,

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2016
  17. Turkey jerky anyone?  [​IMG]
  18. No one is perfect mate so stop beating yourself up, I'm sure you'll nail it next time.
  19. reminds me of a hilarious story. One thanksgiving, my aunt made a beautiful 25lb turkey in her oven and it was great looking and I remember sneaking parts of the crispy skin. Anyway, she puts it on the stove and lets it rest for awhile as she went about making the rest of the meal. Low and behold the oven vents are at the back of the stove (if you have one of them that is together) so about 45 min into this and they carve the bird.. Grab a big ole piece of the dark and white and take a bite and it is sawdust I mean dried beyond any hope... Not even a ton of gravy made it eatable... So yes, learn from it and let it go...

    P.S. the rest of the meal was great.

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