Worst Q Ever!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by smokin monkey, May 10, 2015.

  1. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What a day!

    Beef Brisket on my new Kamado Ceramic. First Q with Charcoal as I normally use a GMG.

    Been test running it all week at my workshop, and could control temperature within +-2'C

    Prepared the Brisket as to Bearcavers Brisket, cross score fat rubbed ion SPO.


    Kamado running at 105'C

    Using Lump Charcoal, here's the first mistake used up some old Charcoal with new.

    Used GMG Texas Blend Pellets.




    First three hours of cook no problem, then started to get an alarm cooking temperature had dropped to 83'C.

    Removed diffuser plate, plenty of Charcoal, but dropping temperature???

    Got my electric heat gun out and used it to blow air onto Charcoal to get a good "Furnace Going" reassembled grill and continued cooking. Temperature reached 71'C in six hours, foiled Brisket with Apple Juice, BBQ Sauce and Worcestershire Sauce.
    Returned to grill.

    Next check on grill, temperature had shot passed 105'C Upto 135'C, and Brisket was at 98'C. Closed all vents a down and let Brisket sit for 30 Mins.

    Removed Brisket, and wrapped in a towel for 1 1/2.

    With not a lot of confidence, unwrapped Brisket, and after reading Franklins Book, learnt the correct way to slice a Brisket.

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    Well, how do you think it turned out?


    AMAZING! Moist, melt in the mouth tenderness! :yahoo:

    Lessons learned, never mix New and Old Charcoal!

    Smokin Monkey �
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2015
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  2. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    SM , looks delicious!
     
  3. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    I'm confused here Monkey, are you upset at the taste or the fact that the temps rose so quickly. It looks fine to me. I'd eat it!
     
  4. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Looks good to me! I'm curious why the switch from pellet to kamodo?
     
  5. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi CrazyMoon, not only looked delicious it tasted Delicious.

    Hi RMMurray, not upset at the taste at all, more my stupidity at mixing Charcoal, had to work hard to try and balance temperatures, when it should of been straight forward.

    Why switch? Can't help my self buying gear, I have a Gas BBQ, Tandoori Oven, GMG, Piri Piri Oven, Home Made Electric Smoker, Home Made "Novelty" Charcoal Smoker, Kamado BBQ, also have 4 Hog Roast Machine I use for Business!

    Also we are having the Second UK Smokers Forum meet in July/August and I an down to do the Brisket. The GMG a is a bit big to take so the Kamado will be going with the "Novelty" Charcoal Smoker.

    Smokin Monkey
     
  6. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Haha I've got my share of hobbies like that! I've never had more then the old smoker and the new smoker at any given time.
     
  7. I say you did a fine job. It looks moist.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  8. c farmer

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

    Man that looks great but I use old charcoal with new all the time.

    I use the minion method in my mini.

    I move all the partial burnt coal to one side of the basket then fill the rest of the basket with new. Start my burn on the partial burnt coals.

    This kinda shows it.
     
  9. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Hi cFarmer, when I say old, I mean old! More than 1 year old in a open bag. When I put it in I know it was wrong!

    Smokin Monkey
     
  10. c farmer

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

    Ah, sorry.
     
  11. I have used charcoal that was over that was close to 20 years old with no problem as long as it never got wet. This was leftover from a store that had closed and the owner put it in storage. When they were cleaning out the storage I bought all of it for next to nothing.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  12. c farmer

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

    His bag use open thou.
     
  13. Keep it dry and use it.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     

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