First Impression: Smokin-It Model 2D

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by gregor, May 18, 2016.

  1. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    So when FedEx emailed me to say this was on my front step, I had to skip out of work at lunch to go see, besides it was supposed to rain and I didn't want to deal with 90 lbs of wet cardboard wrestling it in the front door.

    Managed to get it in the door and deposited the box in my kitchen.  This is one heavy muther...back to work...

    6 hours later I was home, elbow deep in double boxed cardboard and more than a few pieces of styrofoam - this puppy came very well packed - sorry there are no pictures.  I'm also pretty sure this *didn't* make the FedEx delivery guys day.

    Wow,  this thing is like a small tank.  Really - this is so much more solid than some other smokers I looked at, and being all stainless means it won't rust on my porch.  This thing weighs a ton - had to tip the box on it's side and slide it out as I can't lift it on my own, even though it has handles.

    Opening the door is like opening a small safe - very, very solid.  I also ordered the turkey/chicken holder too as I found picking up a whole bird was a pain with my old tube smoker.  Pretty impressed, too, that 2 smallish cubes of wood is enough for 4 hours of smoking - this should help with the neighbor complaints - my old electric tube smoker would go thru 4 or 5 pounds of wood in an 8 hr smoke.  I like the way the door is a pressure fit so there is no gasket to tear or replace, too.

    Found all the stuff inside and got the wheels on, found a screwdriver so I could put the back mounts on for the power cord and we're ready to go. 

    All I need now is a nice day and 4 hours for seasoning it....but that's another post!
     
  2. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    Welcome to the SI family!  These are definitely some sturdy smokers.
     
  3. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You are going to really enjoy the smoker and problem free smoking. And welcome to the group.
     
  4. smokinal

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

    Congrats on the new smoker!

    Looking forward to seeing it in action!

    Al
     
  5. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    8 days later it's both dry enough and I have time enough to fire this little guy up.

    This is just the seasoning run (4 hrs @ 250F) so I have just the sweet, sweet smell of hickory smoke to tease me with future promises of smoky goodness.

    Took about 30 minutes to get to 250, seems to be holding the temp rock solid.

    Not nearly as much smoke as I thought I might get and certainly a lot less than my old tube smoker - which bothered the neighbors to no end.

    Luckily I am off tomorrow and since the weather looks like it may cooperate I'll do some ribs or maybe a couple delmonico steaks to see how it works.

    Going to do a couple of pork butts on Monday as well.
     
  6. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    After about 2 1/2 hours the smoke has either really slacked off, or I'm getting used to the smell outside.

    Actually quite nice and no complaints from my neighbors :)
     
  7. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    gregor,

    Here is a good link that explains smoke. In spite of folks wanting a great many hours of smoke, and those who believe that it penetrates to the heart of the meat, it just ain't entirely so.  But folks can and will believe what they want and this is a free country.  The article is a good read, but if you are concerned about the smoke running out at 2 1/2 hours, scroll thru the article till you reach 'No Smoke Flavor'.  Craig 'Meathead' Goldwyn has been around for a very long time and with the exception of his views on electric smokers, I take what he says as gospel.  Enjoy!

    http://amazingribs.com/tips_and_technique/zen_of_wood.html

    Dave
     
  8. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    Thanks, Dave!

    When I opened the smoker, one chunk of wood was nearly untouched and the other was completely black - very little ash.  I'll post some pictures tomorrow when I have better light.

    Thinking about chicken and ribs tomorrow.
     
  9. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I get pure ash. Just lucky I guess. Ribs and chicken sound good.
     
  10. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    Found some turkey quarters at the Amish market near me and picked up a couple of racks of babybacks.

    Did the ribs with mustard and Jeff's rub and the 2-2-1 method at 230F, couple of chunks of apple at about 6 oz.

    At the same time I did the turkey quarters with  an olive oil moisten and Jeff's rub - those went on the bottom shelf.  Pulled at 165

    Turkey legs were done really quickly - in 2 hrs, lesson learned - don't put stuff on the bottom shelf!  They tasted good - my taster friends liked them but they really needed to cook more, I think next time an upper shelf and pull maybe at 175.

    Ribs are still progressing.  Ran out of smoke @ 2 hrs but since the ribs are currently wrapped, no need for it.  Will stick another chunk in for the last hour.
     
  11. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The lower shelf can be brutal.  Sometimes.  When you pull the ribs, pinch a piece of pork and taste it and see if you need more smoke before adding another chunk. You may not, but it depends upon personal preference.
     
  12. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    Ribs came out pretty good, they were nicely done and a goodly amount of smoke flavor - I used apple for this bunch.  Going to keep a smoking log so I can remember how things went.

    So a very good first impression - one of my friends told me "if stuff comes out this good on your first try, I can't imagine how good things will be once you get this dialed in".  :)

    One thing I do need is a good sauce for the ribs.  We had them dry, and while moist and flavorful, I think a bit of finishing type sauce would add a lot.
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2016
  13. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Not fancy but we like Sue Bee Original Honey BBQ Sauce.  For years (decades?) my wife mixed Open Pit with Honey, and then it disappeared from stores for awhile.   By the time it was reintroduced, we had moved on to the Sue Bee.  Pretty tasty stuff. A smoking log is good for a lot of reasons.  Things that work and things you want to forget.  Congratulations!
     
  14. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    Did 3 spatchcocked chickens - a tight squeeze. Temp barely reached 240 before the chicken hit 165 by the probe. Tried to crisp the skin on my gas grill, all that did was dry out the outer portion of leg and thigh meat. Still pretty tasty.
     
  15. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Any success is still a success.
     
  16. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    True, folks loved it, but the commercial bbq in our area SE PA, is pretty mediocre.
     
  17. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    I wonder if I should be preheating my Smokin-It 2D?
     
  18. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    No preheating necessary.  Cold meat goes into the cold smoker.  
     
  19. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    That is how I do it is cold meat into cold smoker and then turn smoker on. This allows for better smoke penetration with the weak smoking pellets.
     
  20. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    So cooking temp only really applies on a long smoke?
     

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