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First smoke on my new Lang 36" - Page 2
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First smoke went great. I couldn't be happier with the way the Lang performed. I love how the cooker want's to be above 225 degrees, and you have to close up the dampers a good bit to keep it down below 250. This is a welcomed change from my char-griller offset firebox model, which would only hit 225 if you had just a roaring fire built. I put the butt on around 10:45am and just let it go for about 8-9 hours. Ribs went on at 3, and the baked beans went on around 6pm. I sprayed the ribs and butt about every hour or so with apple juice, and they both turned out well. Also, I tried Jeff's finishing sauce, and it was a big hit. I didn't even need my bbq sauce I made for the butt because the finishing sauce made it perfect in my opinion. It was a great day to cook, and I can't wait to try out some chicken, or salmon this weekend to see how the smoker handles that. I'm also doing a big BBQ for some of my work friends in May and will have to cook a lot more meat for that, so I'm looking forward to really loading the cooker up and taking some pics of that to post. Attached below are pics of the butt after about 3 hours in, one picture of the loaded cooker, and then the finished product prior to cutting and pulling.
I did three full chamber smokes the first week I owned my new Lang. I put away so much meat that I ran out of freezer space. I'm still eating smoked chicken, ribs, pulled pork and sliced pork from those first smokes. Thank goodness I had invested in a vacuum sealer the week before.
Glad you are happy with it.
That's awesome - I wish I could have cooked that much this weekend, but it was enough to feed our family and a few friends. Hey Al - are you storing your smoker in a covered area? Mine is just sitting in the backyard, so I was thinking about getting a tarp or something for it since they don't make covers that I'm aware of.
You would do better just keeping it out of the weather. I would think a tarp will hold the moisture against the steel and cause rust. Mine is stored in a covered garage. Can you build a small lean to type structure with some tin roofing and 2x4s?
Yeah - that's a good point about the tarp... I actually have a little area off of my carport which hangs over into the back yard some. However, as I'm sure you know - rolling this smoker around over grass/dirt is not the most fun thing in the world. I may just take my chances in the weather, and get some high heat paint to touch up as necessary.