Breaking in Ol Bud

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by walking dude, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    finally, i THOUGHT, a nice enuff day to break in my christmas gift........

    its a good experience for a stick burner, but i did discover several issues with the ol man

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    i haven't been able to do any mods to the beast yet, so i knew i was going to have to babysit it the entire smoke

    i started with a chimney full of charcoal, and added splits of ash........the ash was free, and i had hickory to use for smoke if so needed

    i finally found full racks of spares..........which needed to be trimmed to st. louis style ribs

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    my plan for this days smoke was both racks of ribs......the trimmings from the racks.......4 heads of garlic.....2 chicken 1/4's......2 iowa chops.....dutch's beans........and abt's

    this pic is the start of the smoke........the 2 racks of ribs.....the trimmings from the ribs, there in the pic to the left.......and the garlic

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    i fought temps all day........needed the smoker in the wind so the fire would stay up to temps, but with 10 gauge sheet metal, the smoker part ran temps of 50-100 degrees diff. between firebox side and exhaust side.....

    THEN the wind would die down, so i added a cheap mod

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    the fan is all metal, so no worry of anything melting.........unfournately the fan wouldn't push enuff air to really do any good

    this next shot shows the sloppy mess i was dealing with........when the sun was out and the clouds away........wasn't too bad......but when the clouds moved in......it was cold, damp, and windy.........picked up abit of a cold

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    one DEFF. mod needed, is the baffle.......the chicken 1/4's i put next to the fire box, since temps at that end was running 300-350.......hoping to have crispy skin........but the wind would push the flames into the fire box, and burnt the chicken abit........sorry no pics of that..........but i brined the chicken over nite.......was the best chicken yet i have done......

    this next pic is the chops.......the ribs......and the beans..........the ribs never pulled back on the bone........

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    so i foiled em, and put into a cooler for abit..........then at the end of the smoke.......brought em back out to put sauce on em........and glaze it up.......which it didn't.........the fire was dying out, and really didn't want to fire up a whole bunch of coals just to do that........so i had the wife put em under the broiler for a bit........should of told her only 3 minutes or so........but with THREE women running off the face.......they got toasted abit.........meat was good........but need to learn to trim st.louis style better....and they was NO way near fall off the bone.........

    All in all........a learning experience........and i wasn't expecting great results, since no mods, and being the first time...........but the meat was edible and i learned alot........

    *SIGH*
     
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cheap mod?!?! You went and bought a keg?


    Hehehe...

    Get back on that horse, cowboy!
     
  3. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    heheh......rich........was a keg i keep around for the deposit for the next one this summer.........cheap 15 bux........back when 15 dollars WAS cheap for me...........[​IMG]
     
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    oil well dude-I give u an a for effort-spring is on the way for u & with a little play time on the bud-you gonna be putting out some Q that will keep them womans mouths shut-naa (not.)
     
  5. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    tell me about it
     
  6. navionjim

    navionjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Yep! The positioning of the keg wasn't lost on me either, nor the cold one in the cozy. Looks good no matter what Steve. What do you use to cut your ribs St. Louis style by the way? I haven't got a meat cutting band saw handy.
     
  7. djbman

    djbman Newbie

    First smoke was in January. Took 40lbs of charcol . Good grub though.
     
  8. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  9. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    dj..........when it gets THAT cold out.......i use the ecb gourmet with mods..........i could of done this whole smoke with 20 lbs .....tho in shifts.......ehehe
     
  10. If a Keg is a cheap mod, I'll take 3 new cheap mods. Sorry, I had too. What type of smoker is it. I can't tell, but it is similar to mine. It's getting all types of work today. I'm thinking of using an old computer fan attached to the offset on extra long screws to push air.
     
  11. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    the first pic said it all..............it was a promotional item........its a Budwierser Smoker........no clue who really made it.......its a clone of a couple others i have seen here...........10 gage steel........which is a ouch.......but nice entry level till i can move up
     
  12. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good WD. You will learn that smoker in no time, or it will have trained you !!!
     
  13. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    i have a hunch, its going to be training me..........dont ALL new smokers do that.......you may THINK you mite know what you want to do with it, the first time.........but trust me.........its going to give you the finger and say..........NOT TODAY...............LOLOLOL
     
  14. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Maybe your smoker has an attitude? Try drinking Budweiser while smoking instead of what looks like possibly..... Schmidt Light in your koozie !!!
     
  15. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I took a large computer workstation fan and mounted it in a plastic box, on an extension tube (which sounds better than "paint can"). Fan doesn't get hot at all. I can even melt aluminum, if the mood strikes me ;->
     
  16. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    nice dude..........now where to find one of them suckers........i know where i can get a new paint can...........anyway to control speed, and vent openings with the can in place?
     
  17. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    mossy..........bush..........told you that last nite on the phone.........desperate times calls for desperate measures.......[​IMG]
     
  18. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WD; ain't nothin wrong with Busch; cold or warm.....
     
  19. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    The food sure looked great. Sure you'll have that smoker thinking your way in no time[​IMG] .

    You said early in the post you had some ash splits ....... You use that as a fuel or for smoke ? Only reason i ask is that i have come across 6 35'ers i'm bringing down for a local farmer.
    We will use most of it to heat the house in the winter but if it's good for the smoker then hey, once seasoned i'll have a whole bunch of it.
     
  20. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    thankx tot.........meant to add that...........didn't need to add ANY thing to give the smoke flavor.........GREAT smoked ring and excellant smoke flavor.........jump on em dude......you won't be disappointed.......and i have at LEAST two more pickup loads to get
     

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