New smoker

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by jdarden, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. jdarden

    jdarden Newbie


    I've been asked to lead the cooking team at our Boys Scouts annual Memorial Day camp out.
    One of the items I plan to cook is short ribs. The smoker that I have access to is an old charcoal Brinkman.
    I plan to make about 36 pounds. Will it be okay to put half in a pan on the lower rack and the other half in a pan on the upper rack?
    Also, do I only use wood (oak chunks) for smoking for only about 30 minutes?
    Will about 6 hours be long enough to complete the cooking?
    Should I use the water pan?
    I am going to use your rub. [​IMG]


  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow...36 lbs of short ribs on a Brinkmann? Well, if ya can fit 'em...

    Well, you should use lump charcoal for the heat, and add wood all thru the smoking process. Oak alone might be a bit heavy for the beef..consider mixing in some apple or something other than mesquite to lighten the smoke flavor. You should probably read thru this post..

    Never know...we cook by temp, not time. Honestly, I'd smoke 'em for a couple hours and finish on the grill... that way you have a better control on the serving time. Perhaps even sear 'em on a grill first, before the smoker. Also, I'd recommend you do a couple practice runs first!

    Water pan is optional... probably will soak too much heat from the smoker with 36 lbs of ribs on it. Fill it with some sand instead. Yes, you still need the pan in there whether filled with wter or sand or even empty.
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. We usually smoke by internal temps as opposed to time. You might have to smoke on more than one batch, if needed. Be sure to use indirect heat, water/sand pan will work. Looking forward to some Q View on that smoke!
  4. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum. Glad you found us.
  5. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the site...............You got a big smoke planned there........Best of luck............
  6. crewcab4x4

    crewcab4x4 Smoking Fanatic

    If you know anybody else with a smoker you might want to see if you can use it too. That's alot for your smoker if you can even get them all in there. Welcome to the forum. Ask away if you have any more questions


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