To flip or not to flip...

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by smokewatcher, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. I'm almost done building my first UDS and setting the inaugural fires, but I'm not sure about whether I should flip the meat or how often. What do you all recommend?
     
  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    UDS=direct heat=flipping [​IMG]
     
  3. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Totally agree with BBQ Bubba. With a BDS/UDS, you are cooking over direct heat (be it low), so you need to flip meats. Drum smokers cook/smoke with a combination of radient and convection heat, thus allowing you to cook meats usually faster than with an off set or verticle smoker.

    Poultry: Flip every hr

    Ribs: Start bone down, flip every 1 - 1 1/4 hr

    Butts: Start fat side down. Flip and mop/spritz after 1 - 1 1/2 hr. Turn, flip and mop again after 3 to 4 hrs and there after.

    Brisket: Start fat side down. Turn and mop after 1 1/2 hrs. Turn and flip again after 3-4 hrs, and there after.


    Hope this helps.
     
  4. I got the first fire in her now, no meats....just getting her seasoned and see how well she holds up. I picked up a butt for tomorrow.
     
  5. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good luck and let me know how it goes. I love my BDS! Makes excellent Q!
     
  6. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with bbq bubba on that one.
     
  7. Guess I started with too many hot coals. As soon as I put in the coals, about a chimney's worth on top of the basket holding about 10 lbs, it shot up to around 320. It's been holding there for 3 hours now. Guess a half chimney's worth will be about right next time.
     
  8. coz

    coz Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I start with 16 briquettes in the chimney and for my barrel its about right.What are the rest of you doing?
     
  9. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Go by weight. For short smokes (ie-under 6 hrs), 4-5 lbs do the trick (I zeroed out a plastic bucket and marked where different wts were). Long smokes (10 + hrs), I use about 12 lbs. Start the charcoal with a weed burner (propane torch) hooked up to a p tank.

    I get to play with fire, and the coals get lit very quickly! [​IMG]
     
  10. I used between 20-25 in my chimney for my smoker. Seems to work well. I tried the full chimney, ONCE, and almost had to call the fire dept. 400F! :p
     

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