a BIG box showed up in the garage (rec-tec)

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by timtimmay, May 9, 2015.

  1. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    I was pretty happy to find this when I got home yesterday


    I did get a chance to unbox and assemble the unit.

    Overall I'm really impressed with the quality of the grill.  One of the brackets for a leg was welded a little crooked, so there was some extra effort to get that leg on straight.  The smokestack mount came a little bent as well.

    Other than those two minor items, everything was in good shape and easy to assemble.  The biggest disappointment is it just won't stop raining here so I haven't been able to cook on it yet.  My rain gauge has over 10" recorded this month and counting.  I'll be grilling some steak as soon as it stops and hopefully smoking something next weekend.  
  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice Tim! Looks good...congrats! Now get it dirty! :biggrin:

  3. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Man as soon as the wx cooperates. Flash flood warning, tornado warning, river flood warning, winter storm warning. That's just the last 48 hours!
  4. colorthumb

    colorthumb Fire Starter

    Mine showed up also.. mines smoking a butt and some chicken as we speak. It's 85 degrees outside.. :)
  5. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    That's fantastic, I'm happy for you. Cannot wait to see it in action.
  6. Nice  !!!

  7. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Man as soon as the wx cooperates
    Nice! we'll have to keep in touch to see how they are going. The snow left but its blowing 20-30mph so I didn't fire it up. I"m hoping I can at least cook a steak on the darn thing in the next few days. Let me know how the butt and chicken goes Thumbs Up
  8. colorthumb

    colorthumb Fire Starter

    [​IMG] holy smokes. . Had 7 people over and 7 said it was the best. [​IMG]The gd pork butt took all damn day. 13 plus hours for a 7 lb butt. I pulled it. Wrapped it in foil and 2 big towels and put in the ice chest to rest. I'll get up in a few hours. And put in the fridge . Is 1045 pm.I'm in bed typing but I'm loving this rectec.. gnight all..
  9. Nice Job, Looks great

  10. Just so you know, I've cooked on the Rec-Tec in all of that plus below zero temps, blizzard conditions, high winds and various other stuff, it has never let me down.  Plug it in and start cooking!  [​IMG]

    Last edited: May 11, 2015
  11. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Thanks good to know.  I'll cook in anything but wind (unless I've made promises I have to keep).  In my stick burner days I hated the difficulty the wind added.  I still don't like to smoke when its too windy because inevatibly I somehow manage to get grease stains somewhere.  That and I just hate wind.  

    Things are looking better for a break in tonight when I get home though!
  12. Nice thing is it's not a stick burner so the wind adds very little difficulty.  Once  you get used to how well it works you'll cook on it all the time.  Seriously, we did ribs up here one weekend, temp was minus 5 degrees, wind chill was 35-45 below zero with the wind.  It was so cold the auger motor didn't turn when I started it, I had to reach under and spin the fan on the auger motor a few times to get it to go.  I figured it wouldn't keep running, but it did, got up to 245 and held it there through a complete rib cook without issue.
  13. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    That's really good news.  I tend to do most of my longer smokes in the middle of the winter when there isn't anything else to do. What do you think about custom fit blanket for winter smoking, worth it?
  14. I'm still up in the air on that one.  It covers the top only, leaves the bottom and sides open. I've never had a temp issue so I know I don't need it, I suppose it cuts down on pellet usage but honestly I didn't really see much difference there, also.  I was only cooking maybe twice a a week in winter so if it was every day it may make enough difference in pellet cost to make it worth it.
  15. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Someone at the office is giving away moving blankets, I might grab one just for the cold cold smokes
  16. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    I was able to break it in last night. I went with some round steak. Round steak is easy on the ego. If it goes well you can tell yourself how skilled you are getting good quality out of a tough cut like that. If it goes poorly, it's not your fault, what can you expect it's round steak!

    The steaks were good for round steak. I didn't get good grill marks from the sear kit, I think I needed a longer warm up for that. They were tender for round steak and juicy. Overall I'm happy.
  17. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great Tim...now your cooking! To maximize your cookers searing ability, you can play around with different setups to learn what works best for you. Here's what I do, and it really works good for me:

    When I'm high-temp grilling/searing, like steaks or burgers, I remove the large grease tray (it acts as a heat shield). Then I put foil down in the bottom of the barrel and over the heat diffuser, to catch any grease drippings. I put the GrillGrates (searing grates) across the right side of the barrel...this seems to be the hotter side of the pit. Then I set the controller to 500* and wait until it reaches at least 450* (usually takes 10-15 minutes) before I put the steaks on. This setup gives me tender, juicy steaks with really pretty sear marks.

    I think you've already checked out this thread...but just in case...you can see the setup I'm talking about in this thread:


    Last edited: May 12, 2015
  18. Very cool! you're gonna love it. Great product from a great company, they back their product 100%
  19. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Hmmmm, not sure I want to go to the trouble of pulling the drip tray, but I may just give it a shot next time steaks on the menu.
  20. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Not really much trouble. Takes me about 2 minutes to pull out the grease tray, lay down some foil, and put the GrillGrates in place. But, just because it's what works best for me doesn't mean it's what you'll prefer...heck you may get great results with no setup changes at all. The beauty of cooking for yourself is you get to try different methods and land on what you like best. Give it a try if you want...can't hurt to see if you think it makes a difference.

    Experimenting is half the fun IMO!

    Good luck and happy smoking!

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