First Smoke This Weekend...gotta minute?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by hinkbot, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. hinkbot

    hinkbot Newbie

    Bought a WSM a few weeks ago on sale for a pretty good price.  decided i needed to use it at least once before the year is up and this saturday is the day.  i've decided to smoke a brisket and a boston butt (hopefully get both around 6-7 lbs).  it looks like the temperature will be just above freezing on saturday, and just want

    -how long should the smoke go for?  i figure around 10 hours for both (1.5lb a hour right?)

    -on average, how many bags of charcoal would i expect to go through?  will i need more than 1 on a warm day, and will need more than 1 this saturday?

    -how much charcoal should i heat up since it's colder, more than 20?

    -from what i've read, people seem t recommend the minion method.  anything i need to watch out for doing this on a colder day?

    -how long to take the smoker to get up to heat? 

    -boil the water ahead of time, or just use warm tap water?

    thanks for the help!
  2. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Will have ya up soon.  Just got in from work and with the holidays I am getting a late start this week with the moderation duties.  Sorry you had to wait.

  3. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. smokinal

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

    Sounds like Rap has got you covered. Don't forget the camera!
  5. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Welcome, HInkbot!  Raptor has you covered, so please  let us look over your shoulder by sending photos.  We love the photos.  Enjoy, and take advantage of all the resources available.  GOOD LUCK!
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF. It sure looks like you have gotten some good advice already so do like kenneth and Al says and you'll be on your way to smoking stardom for sure. 

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