Twin Chuckies (1-14-2011)
I'm not going to make this a "Step by Step" because it was 15˚ out & very windy.
The cold doesn't hurt my well insulated MES 40, but the strong wind distorts the amount of cycling the heating element does, and the time it takes to get 'er done.
I will however give as much info as I recorded.
I started with two Chuckies (on sale---$1.99 per pound), each a few ounces over 3 pounds,
I rinsed them off and dried them well with paper towels.
Then I coated them both real good with Worcestershire (Thick) sauce.
On one, I put a good amount of McCormick's BBQ rub, and on the other, I applied a good dose of a rub I got from Paul (Beer-B-Q).
Then I wrapped them in plastic wrap, and into the fridge they went for an overnight rest.
It was 15˚ out the next morning, when I Pre-heated my MES 40 to 240˚.
I turned it on at 7 AM, and it shut off at 240˚ at 7:20 AM. Not bad from 15˚ to 240˚ in 20 minutes!!!
At 7:35 I put the Chuckies in (Top Shelf).
I loaded both end rows of my prototype 5 X 11 A-MAZE-N-SMOKER, and put it on the bottom bars, on the left at 8:15.
I also cut the smoker back to 230˚.
At 9 AM, I put boiling water into my water pan, instead of ruining my Chuckie Bark with any spraying.
This also means I don't have to open the door to wet them down. I don't like to open the door when it's 15˚ and windy!
After nearly 3 hours (11:10 AM) of good smoke, my AMNS (two end rows) burned out, but I had the two end rows of my 6 X 6 AMNS ready to go, and I did the switch.
At this point, I also sterilized & inserted my meat probes, and found that after 3 1/2 hours, both Chuckies were at the same 145˚.
At 3 PM, the one Chuckie was at 164˚, and the other at 166˚, so into the double foil they went.
At 4:20, the one was at 208˚, and the other at 203˚, so I turned the heat down to 100˚, opened the door until it got down to 180˚, and closed the door.
At 4:50, I killed the power, brought my Chuckies in and pulled them for Supper & a mess of left-overs.
Mrs Bear & I had invited our Son & his Wife to join us, and I took a poll on the two rubs:
Three of us liked Paul's rub the best, all agreeing that McCormick's was too sweet.
Mrs Bear liked McCormick's the best, but considering the fact that she likes Pork from the Crock-pot more than Smoked, we don't really count her vote as a serious vote.
Hope You All enjoy the Qview below:
The two on the right were elected for this smoke:
After resting overnight with the rubs (Paul's rub on right):
Top Shelf for these babies:
All pulled & ready to devour:
The part we don't eat:
Thanks for looking,