Thighs on the " New " Smoke Vault

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smokinal, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I bought myself a new Smoke Vault a couple of weeks ago. I got a great deal on it. $225 + $40 shipping, no tax. I was planning on using it when I just wanted to smoke something small & didn't want to bother with starting a fire in the WSM. So I have been experimenting with it. I did ribs, wings, boneless breasts, prime rib, ABT's, beans, mac & cheese, a fattie, & yesterday bone in skin on thighs, whole garlic, & a potato, cheese & onion casserole. The only mod I made was replacing the chip box with a veggie wok. I fill the wok with chunks & they burn almost like a wood burner. I get TBS for about 2 hours then need to add more chunks. I keep a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of the wok so the ashes don't fall on the burner. It's giving me a deeper more pronounced smoke ring than I get with my WSM. The ribs I smoked were pink all the way to the bone. It must be because the chunks are actually burning, not just smoldering. I am just falling in love with this smoker. It is producing great Q. Here's a shot of it.


    Here's a photo of the inside. You can see the wok I'm using for the chunks.


    Here it is with the TBS flowing.


    OK enough about the smoker. Lets get on to the thighs. I brined them for 8 hours in a zip lock bag with:

    4 qts. water

    1/4 cu kosher salt

    1/4 cu turbinado sugar

    1/4 cu Montreal chicken seasoning

    Then I put them on the grate without rinsing & dusted them with more Montreal seasoning.


    Put them in the smoker set at about 325, with the garlic. I just cut the top off the garlic and drizzled EVOO on top with a little S&P. We put the potato, onion casserole in the oven to get the potato's done, then in the smoker for about 45 minutes.


    At 325 the thighs only took about 1:45 to get to 175 IT. They came out great. The skin was crispy with a nice crust on the outside.


    Here's a close up for Bear!


    Now cut open you can see how juicy they were. The light is not so good, but they are pink all the way through.


    Another close up for Bear!


    The garlic came out great too. We smashed it & spread it on toasted Italian bread.


    The casserole came out good as well.


    A look inside.


    Here's dinner, I apologize the plate is not all clean, but I forgot to take a pic when I first plated it and this is the second helping.


    Thanks for looking guys!

    I have to say that for the over night or long smokes I will still use the WSM, but I really like the way the Smoke Vault works & will probably use it more than the WSM. I'm as surprised as can be that it's such a good smoker, and the Q it produces is so good. 
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking spread you got there AL, Those thighs look very juicy [​IMG]

    Congrats on the smoker,It looks like it does a great job [​IMG]

    Thanks for the Qview buddy [​IMG]
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man that is a great looking spread Al - Looks like you and the new toy are getting along just fine
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Thighs Al !! (I didn't say that, did I?)

    That smoker is really cool!!

    I could use one like that now, but it wouldn't have worked for me in my younger "Drinking" days.

    It looks too much like a safe---No telling what would have happened to my money, if I'd have come home a little "confused" (should I say).

    Awesome BearView too, Al !!!


  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So many of my favorite things on one plate.  Looks great, Al!

    Enjoy your new

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man those thigh look juicy! Great job as usual Al
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The Chix look awesome and the Potato Onion dish looks like something I would like to try. Will you share the recipe?  $265 for a Smoke Vault from where?...JJ
  8. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Great looking smoker there Al ! Looks like a keeper, nice job on the wood basket looks like it was made for it. I agree with Bear but I'd probably stick some ammo in there and that would be a bad thing. [​IMG]
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Jimmy!

    We just threw the dish together.

    It's equal parts potato & onion sliced thin, fresh dill, thyme, & parsley, about 1 cu of cottage cheese. Mix all together & top with cheddar cheese.

    I found the Smoke Vault on Amazon. The company selling it was PWS Enterprises.
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thank you guys for all the nice comments!

    It means a lot!
  11. tiki guy

    tiki guy Smoking Fanatic

    Wow I like it , looks very good and juicy .........makes me wanna smoke sumtin
  12. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Al,

    Great Looking Q!

    I looked at the Smoke Vault and tried to compare it to the GOSM Big Block.

    This would be a good showdown.

    Anyone close by with a GOSM BB?

  13. great looking meal Al [​IMG]
  14. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I also looked at the GOSM, but I didn't have one I could see up close.

    I just compared them both on the internet.

    I know there are a lot of guys here with GOSM's who are very satisfied with them.

    There are also quite a few with Smoke Vaults.

    Eric (forluvofsmoke) has a SV & he & I PM'd each other back & forth a few times with me asking him a bunch of questions.

    I guess what made me go with the SV was the price I got it for, and the cool SS door it has.

    I'm sure the GOSM is as good or better.

    I never thought I would like a gas smoker, but I just love this thing.
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    I wonder if you could get another one, and start a ranch, like Scarbelly's Avatar suggests???   [​IMG]

    Probably easier than herding cats!!!

  16. bigr314

    bigr314 Meat Mopper

    I have never smoked thighs before. Mostly wings. After seeing your pics I can not wait to smoke some thighs in my UDS.Great job!
  17. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dang Al!!!

      You are getting bigger goodies all the time!!

      The cook looks fabulous!!!

    Is that Daves garlic??

     I am still waiting on that recipe from Judy please...

      Have a great day!!

  18. nepas

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

    Very nice Al

    To add to what bear said about the thighs....Do you have a nice butt to go in the vault..... [​IMG]

    Nice vittles
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You guys are killing me!


    Craig I thought I sent the recipe. PM me

    No I didn't want to waste Dave's garlic for this. I've been eating it raw.

    Did you want the one for the linguine or the potato casserole?
  20. bcfishman

    bcfishman Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Dad Gum!

    Now I'm hungry!

    Don't know if a salad for lunch is going to cut it.

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