My first drum cook w/ Qview

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by cigarbque, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower

    While the "puter" guys were busy here I got my new drum dirty. I wanted to start off easy so I could get the feel of it.

    BB's, Mango/Chipotle chicken, ABT's, Butts & a duck. Man glad I held back for the first burn.

    There she sits look'n purdy.

    BB's ready to go on.
  2. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower

    BB's ready for some cooler time.

    Mango/Chipotle glazed chickens.

    ABT's - Dates stuffed with manchago cheese topped with chream cheese toped with chorizo wrapped in bacon. Mmmm Goood.

    Chicken with the ABT's.
  3. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It all looks very good. How did ya like how the drum worked?
  4. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower

    Two butts and a duck ready to go on Sunday morning.

    Ready for some sammies. Need to learn to hold the camera still. Probably drunk by that time.

    Yesterday I added some bling.

    All in all a sucessful first burn. Thanks all for your help and ideas on building my first UDS.
  5. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower

    Put a thermometer on last night.
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    It looks great nice way to break in that UDS
  7. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower


    I dug it big time. It will take some time to get used to it. The BB's were too well done on the bone side for my liking but all in all it was cool. I think I might ditch the smoke stack and go with the 8 x 1/2" holes this weekend. I had a ton of charcoal left over on Sunday and I burned it for around 10 hours. Saturday I am going to try it with just lump and see how that goes. Because of my BGE I'm just used to using lump. This time I went with Kingsford and I just can't get past all the ash it leaves behind.
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I know what ya mean. I've been using lump on mine and tried some bricks for an overnighter and didn't care for the amount of ash it produced. It was so bad it wanted to smother out the rest of the bricks. I've never had that problem with lump. So far I like the lump more. I get some spikes but it's not a huge deal and I'm really not the kind to freak out if my temps rise.
  9. Thanks for posting pics of your first UDS cook Cigarbcue. Everything looks amazing. BTW, I really like the idea of using U-bolts for the cooking grate. What size did you go with?
  10. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower


    Not sure of the size. They measure 1 3/4" from the center of each bolt and they are sticking 2" into the drum now that they are bolted on. I used stainless steel. I got the idea from some guy's blog on how he built his. I liked the idea of not sticking my arm in and getting scratched up by the end of a bolt. Worked out very well.
  11. Cigarbque,

    Thanks for the details. I'll add a few U-bolts to my Home Depot shopping list this weekend.
  12. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks good! I think I am going to build a UDS soon. I was ordered to fix the picnic table first though so I better get going on that!
  13. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's a killer first burn!!!
  14. davidmcg

    davidmcg Meat Mopper

    Hey the ABT's almost ended up looking like smoked mice.
  15. m1tanker78

    m1tanker78 Meat Mopper

    Both the drum and the food look awesome! Points if I'm able to give 'em. Thanks for sharing the QVIEW


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