It seemed to be a beautiful day to remember our old friend Ron P, and I just happened to have some of his favorite on hand for a Sunday afternoon smoke. Anyone who knew Ron through posts here on the forums also knew his love for a great Ribsteak. With Ron by my side, we'll bring together a nice marriage of beef, smoke and teriyaki marinade.
I managed to fit 8 out 10 steaks from just shy of 10lbs into my Brinkamann Gourmet charcoaler without crowding too much, so the remaining two will get a little fire built under 'em in my 18.5" Weber Kettle later this evening.
I slathered the steaks with Yoshidas reg/teriyaki, flipped and repeated several times over 1/2 hour period to get some flavor soaking in before the hickory took over the show:
While waiting for 6lbs of coals (2 - 3/4 full chimneys) to finish heating up...:
...I loaded a warm (`120*) water pan and steaks went onto the grates and into the chamber...I didn't use really hot water as it's 40* today, now that the snow stopped again, so condensation can be an issue 'til the chamber heats up:
I'm shooting for 175* chamber temps while I smoke for the first hour, then, bump up to around 230-240* to bring 'em to the finish line.
There was a lot of steam coming out the top vent, so after 1 hour in, I decided to take a peak, suspecting the steaks would be drowning in juices...they were, so I pulled both grates and dumped out the water pan for a dry cooking cycle to finish them up.
10 minutes after dumping the water, and getting a better hold on spiked temps of ~250* by fully closing my side fire pan intake and closing the bottom intake to about 20-25% (dumping the water removed the inefficiency/heat loss due to steaming off the water), here's what greeted me:
I'll give these an about 40 minutes or so and grab one out for quick cut and peek inside, and possibly a small therm reading just for good measure...I'm shooting for med/rare, med would be fine by me, though.
Back with the finish later...dinner's in about 90 minutes, give or take, if anyone cares to join us...wish you could, I may have a hard time eating one for Ron, as 2 - 1lbr's may be a tough ride for my belly...but then there's a first for everything!
See ya soon! Thanks all!