Meat smoking Log book

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by paprika pal, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. I just started keeping a smoking/cooking log book. I was wondering how many others do the same and what info they like to track. Give us a quick rundown of what you track please. This will help me drill down to what is most important. Thanks.
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  2. I track
    Smoker temp and when I change it or it changes
    Outside temp, wind speed, humidity,
    Type, weight, and cut of meat.
    Would I do this again
  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    But I'd also add smoke type, seasoning/rub, brine/no brine, wrapped/not wrapped
  4. Those sound like great additions.  Thanks Buzzard
  5. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    I keep or kept a log on the computer. It really helps when it is a period of time between smoking certain types of meet. Nice reminder. Example, I don't do Prime Rib that often. 
  6. c farmer

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

    I never keep a log book for smoking but I do for my curing stuff.
  7. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use to log on my laptop.  After a year, maybe 2 years I figured out what worked for my beef pork and bird cooks. ... feedback from my family mostly help with direction and changes.  Those logs became our standards for seasoning and smoking method. 

    Still... I'll mix it up a bit. Looking for the next great thing. I need to get back to those logs because on the rare occasion while attempting the next great thing something remarkable happens I can't remember what i did! 
  8. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    I have never kept any log at all and I'm sorry about that.

    Yeah, I'll remember how I did that, uh huh, BS.

    I can't remember what I had for breakfast.

    My hands are always messed up and logs and pictures

    suffer for it.

    I will start keeping a log of what I do, I will, I will, I will.

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I keep a log of everything I Smoke.

    Then I form them all into a Step by Step post, add pictures & captions, and post them on this forum.

    Then as long as this Forum exists, I have all my stuff neatly in order, in an Index for myself & anyone else who wants to use them.

    Here you go:

    Just click on "Bear's Step by Steps".

    That Link is also at the bottom of all of my posts (In my Signature).

    Last edited: Oct 28, 2016
  10. smokin monkey

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

    I do not keep a log book, but things are getting harder to remember now!

    So a log book would be a good idea.

    I did a template on an App I use for work, but never used it, may be time!
  11. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    I keep telling myself that I need to start a log book.
    I would enter
    Cut of meat & weight
    Brined/ injected
    Outside temp/weather
    Smoking wood
    Temp smoke @
    Length of smoke
    How many people it feed.
  12. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good idea for allot of smokers but for me way to much work.....D'OH  [​IMG]
  13. wbf610

    wbf610 Smoke Blower

    Being new to smoking, I have contemplated a log book until I figure out what the hell i'm doing.   I'm trying to figure out my own rubs so I don't have to rely on store bought.  I made up a little form to records the recipe and modifications I made to it.  I plan to keep that until I figure out a rub for beef and pork that my family likes.  I may now modify it to act as a log and keep track of everything from start to finish.  My thoughts were to print the form out, write all the processes in it, then get a binder and three hole punch them for storage and safe keeping. 
  14. wbf610

    wbf610 Smoke Blower

    I just found one on the internet and modified it some to meet my needs.
  15. wbf610

    wbf610 Smoke Blower

    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016
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