Second WSM Mini Cook, Pork Steaks, Getting Closer

Discussion in 'Pork' started by disco, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For my second attempt at the mini, there were some pork sirloin steaks for sale so I bought them. I started by rubbing them with Cabelas Open Season Pecan Honey seasoning.


    Then I put lump charcoal around the outside of the mini with a couple of chunks of plum wood. I dumped 3/4 of a chimney of lit lump charcoal in the middle.



    I was able to get the mini up to 300 F but no higher. I put the steaks on the mini for about 15 minutes and then brushed them with my own barbecue sauce and turned them.



    Another 10 minutes and they were at an internal temperature of 155 F and I pulled them.


    They look good but would have been better if I could have got the mini to a higher temperature.

    They were served with She Who Must Be Obeyed's macaroni salad. 



    Although I would have liked a higher cooking temperature, these were moist, tasty and tender. Just delicious.

    I have been getting advice and I will be lighting more coals next time and putting them on one side of the basket with the unlit and wood chunks on the other side. 

    Disco
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yumm! Looks great Disco!!! Love pork cooked that way!

    The method I use now is to fill my charcoal basket and light a side with my torch. Course using the silver I have the bottom vent which can really put out the heat.
     
  3. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Case. I am getting closer and have had lots of good advice on how to pump up the heat. I will keep trying. The bonus, I get more great food.
     
  4. c farmer

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

    Looks good Disco.   When I want high temps I lite a full chimney.  Get it burning hot then dump in.
     
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Adam. I do think I was too cheap with the charcoal in the chimney and I didn't let it light long enough. I am getting closer!

    Disco
     
  6. c farmer

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

    You will get there.  
     
  7. Very nice job Disco.. look like shiny pieces of pork candy laying there..
     
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, Sensi!
    Thanks, Dude! Isn't it great the way pork has that nice sweet undertone that goes with smoking?
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's the fun thing about this hobby, all the good food!
     
  10. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Struth.
     
  11. And with that shiny, glass-like appearance from the caramelized natural fats and sugars, flavorful artistry..
     
  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ah, a poet!
     

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