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Everything I know about smoking, I learned here, so I'm going to post up my ribs that I made today.  I spend a lot of time here lurking (thought I had more posts than 2, but I guess not).

 

Here's the recipe for the rub I used, got that here, but made a couple of changes.

 

1/2 cup of light brown sugar

1/4 cup of smoked paprika

1/4 cup of salt free chili powder

2 TBS of powdered garlic

2 TBS of ground black pepper

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

 

Ready to go.  Wrapped them up and let it sit over night.

 

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On the smoker.

 

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My only custom mod on the chargriller pro.  I took out the rack on the top and added a bracked to hold the lid when open.  I used a strip of aluminum, drilled 3 holes, and then used a dremel to make a slot between out of two holes.

 

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Ready to eat. 

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The smoker temp got away on me for at least 20 minutes, could have been more, not really sure.  My wireless thermometer lost its signal, and I didn't hear the alarm.  Lesson learned.  The ribs were good, but not my best work.  I'll need to do some more work on the smoker to get an even temp.

 

Thanks to everybody for all of the info here.

 

post #2 of 9

Those ribs look like a great meal from here...

Thanks for sharing the Q-views ...icon14.gif

post #3 of 9

Looks good! I think those are the flattest ribs I've ever seen.

 

I'm assuming you were using the side box since you were smoking. I have the same chargriller and I have always struggled to keep the temp up, even using lump. Using it as a grill on the other hand.... the lump goes crazy! Maybe you mean it wasn't too hot but just went too long?

 

 

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No, the temp ran away.  I have a huge temp variance between where the two probes are that you can see in the second pic.  It was 80 or 90 degrees.  I eventually unplugged the probe closest to the firebox and sort of wrote off have of the Q.  Working off of the temp on the far side, what I try to do is throw some charcoal on when the temp hits 200 or so.  Then I close the vent on the firebox, and the temp rises.  Once it gets to 215, I close the vent, and and wait until it gets to 200, rinse and repeat.  Sometimes I throw too much charcoal on, and the temp starts climbing, so I'll open the front of the firebox for a while to let it vent.  When it ran away, I had let it get down to 180 or so (on the far probe) so I put a bunch of charcoal on and left the vent open and went inside.  I didn't think too much about it, then I checked after a while, and it said 270°.

 

My uncle has the same smoker, and said the same thing about not being able to get the temp high enough.  Heat and airflow is a complicated thing.  Especially considering how much airflow is going on inside that drafty smoker.

 

post #5 of 9

Glad to have you back with us! Keep up the Q-view!

post #6 of 9

nice

post #7 of 9

Great job, I love the mod on the door.Looks-Great.gif

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It is a drafty smoker! I extended the smoke stack down to 3 or so inches above the charcoal platform. This helped hold the heat in a lot.

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Originally Posted by raptor700 View Post

Great job, I love the mod on the door.Looks-Great.gif


 

 

Thanks.  I guess they extrude or roll the aluminum into that shape, so it left grains in the metal that helped keep the grinding wheel moving straight.  The best part about it is that it doesn't interfere with the rack if you should happen to want it on there.

 

I was so excited to get this smoker to actually be able to do some stuff that wouldn't fit in the brinkman, and once I put it together, I realized a rib rack wasn't going to fit on there.

 

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