This is my mountain to climb

Discussion in 'For New Members' started by griffjoe, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. griffjoe

    griffjoe Newbie

    Tomorrow, at the crack of dawn, I'll be firing up my brand-new Char-Broil 1280, along with two Weber kettle grills (set up as smokers) and a Brinkmann cabinet smoker, and putting the smoke to 103 pounds of meat. Six picnic shoulders and I don't know how many slabs of baby backs. Forty pounds or so.

    I've cooked fifty pounds the last three years. This is a whole new level of crazy.

    Wish me luck!
  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC. It's good to have you here. Good luck and happy smokin'.
  3. I just finished a 118# smoke. A little nerve wracking, but not too bad. I ran three smokers, two shoulders each, two rounds each, plus an extra round for my 'old reliable'. Good luck!
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No hill for a stepper like yourself. Just don't over think it, relax and enjoy the smoke. Any problem has a solution and you have lots of time to find the right one when smoking.

    On bigger cooks I always tryed to last at least 6 hours before my first libations, (coffee with a little while building the fire before the sun comes out doesn't count).
  5. tubbyrob

    tubbyrob Newbie

    Wow That is impressive Good Luck! How many people are you expecting for that amount of meat?
  6. smokinal

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

    Good luck & keep us posted!

  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    That's an awful high mountain of meat to climb!![​IMG]

    Might have to eat some of it on the way up!![​IMG]

    I'm In:


  8. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Quite a mountain!  How's it coming?

  9. desertsubi

    desertsubi Fire Starter

    2 Days later and no response, I think he died of meat coma....
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Geeez, I hope Joe didn't fall off that Huge Mountain of Meat !!! [​IMG]

  11. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


  12. griffjoe

    griffjoe Newbie

    Sorry to just now reply to all the excellent advice and good wishes. The cook went off quite well. I lit the smokers at 6 a.m. Friday and took the last ribs off at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. There was a period there where I, um, lapsed into unconsciousness, in a chair beside the smokers. There were still four slabs of baby backs in. The fire slowly died under them. When I woke up, they looked done to perfection, but were only warm to the touch, so I wrapped them in foil and heated them in the oven for an hour. The ribs were falling off the bone, which some, including myself, will argue is not perfection. But I thought they were delicious, and so did everyone else. The picnic shoulders pulled perfectly. My partner in crime bought these amazing gadgets called Bear Claws. Pulled 50 pounds of shoulder in an hour, and no aching joints the next day. My BBQ collaborator always makes a NC style vinegar sauce that finishes the pulled pork off to perfection. We got 100 RSVPs. Eighty showed up. Which means that for the first time, I got to take leftovers home. This is a good thing because my wife was out of town and missed the party. I inflicted the rest cook on her, and that was NOT a masterpiece, so I'm glad to be able to save her some of this. All the folks raved about the food, and I have to say I thought it came out right well.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Great Joe!![​IMG]

    Sounds like you did a Fine Job, and All enjoyed !![​IMG]

    Can't ask for better than that, except some Pics next time!!!

  14. griffjoe

    griffjoe Newbie

    My iPhone was not cooperating, but my partner in crime took some photos.

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  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job Joe, and Great Pics!!![​IMG]



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  16. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Awesome job!  Glad everybody was happy.  You owned that mountain!  [​IMG]

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  17. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Whoooeeee.  That's some smoke, Joe.  and an 80% turnout is still pretty impressive.  Well done.  Love the t-shirts.


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  18. griffjoe

    griffjoe Newbie

    Thanks! Everybody had a great time. The t-shirts are from Fletcher's Barbecue in Brooklyn. My wife and I went there with the folks who hosted the barbecue a few weeks ago, before a music show. I said I wanted to buy one of the shirts. Lee, the husband of my partner in crime, said, "Let's wait until we get our food to decide." He took two bites of the brisket and said, "Buy the shirt."

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