Noob from Saint Michael, MN

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ccg in mn, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. ccg in mn

    ccg in mn Newbie

    Hello, I am new to these forms but have spend at least ten hours on this site in the past week. I just finished my first smoke on my new Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker (22.5" model) last weekend. I cooked a beef brisket, some chicken, and twice baked potatoes. This was a practice run for the baptism I am hosting this weekend. I made plenty of mistakes that I will mention below. The brisket and potatoes turned out really good. The chicken legs need some work. Anyways, here are a few of my "rookie" mistakes:
    1. I used Cowboy lump charcoal from Ace Hardware. This stuff burned hot and only lasted four hours. Also, the weight of the bag seemed about half of what Kingsford Blue is (difference between lump and brick??). When I added approximately two chimneys to replenish, I incurred a 350 degree temperature spike (my fault [​IMG]) that lasted about 20 minutes. And yes, I did find a few pieces of plywood in my bag. I didn't taste any glue in my food so that is good. I'm now switching to Stub's brick charcoal that I picked up from Lowes.
    2. I purchased two of the clearance wireless thermometers at Sears (one for brisket, one for internal smoker temp). The problem is that they run off of the same frequency, so both readers were reading off of the same transmitter giving me the same temp. I'm picking up a wireless Oregon Scientific from Cabela's tonight. I'm hoping this runs off of a different frequency. You can never have too many thermometers!!
    3. I used a rub on the chicken legs. They turned out mediocre at best. I will now be switching to a brine (or maybe tenderquick applied the night before), finishing them with a mop sauce for the last 1/2 hour.
    4. I used red potatoes for the twice baked potatoes. The problem is that when you cut them in half and restuff them, they are round and tip over easy in the smoker. I will be switching to an oval potatoe like an Idaho.
    5. Also, my timing was off. I finished two hours ahead of schedule. I believe the 350 degree temp spike had something to do with this.
    Anyways, that round of mistakes is over and I have a new game plan. The only thing I didn't consider until today is the fact that I am a God-parent which throws me a curve ball. This means I have to attend church from 11am - 12 and have everything ready for the 1pm meal. Wish me luck!!
     
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum. Stick around and your mistakes will get fewer and fewer. Glad to have you here.
     
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cowboy is one of the worst lump woods in my experience. People complain that they find all kinds of scrap pieces of bad stuff in there. Cowboy is ranked pretty low on quality and burn time. Here is a cool link to tons of lump wood information of you are looking for a good lump wood to pick out.
    http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm

    I have started using a mix is lump wood and charcoal briquettes and I really like it so far. Last smoke I did in my UDS I filled my basket al most all the way up and I smoked for around 8 hours and I could barely tell that any of my fuel had been burned.
    I really like brining my chicken and I am sure you will to. Brine them and then put your favorite rub on them and you will be very happy.
     
  4. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF, there is talk about a Minnesota get together this summer, maybe we can all meet in person then
     
  5. Welcome to SMF from another Minnesotan! Glad you decided to join us and like mentioned above...the mistakes will get less and less the more you smoke and the more you learn from the pros on this site.
     
  6. philroy5033

    philroy5033 Newbie

    I just joined the board and having a great time reading also.
    I need more grill time !!!
    There are a lot of Mn people here.
    phil
     
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF, we all learn from our mistakes and those from others too. It's all good my friend.
     
  8. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
     
  9. What else do we have to do other than smoke food and build smokers in the garage during the harsh winter!
     
  10. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
     
  11. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks here and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. [​IMG]
     
  12. Hello from Monticello MN and glad your here.Sounds like you adapted just fine .Always need a plan "B" .Bill [​IMG]
     
  13. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

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  14. kennymn

    kennymn Meat Mopper

    Welcome to the SMF family CCG , It's a great site with endless smoking recipes . By the way I'm your neighbor I live in Abertville .[​IMG]
     
  15. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  16. walle

    walle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, CCG. Congrats on be a God-parent.
    Looking forward to seeing some picts of your next smoke.
     
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  18. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome CCG. sounds like you got a handle on things quite well. Half the battle is being able to recognize your mistakes and not make the same ones over and over.

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  19. chef jeff tx

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  20. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome CCG-
    Glad to have you on the forum. I graduated from STMA in 99 and played hockey there. We all love to see a good Qview so don't be shy.
    Welcome again.
     

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