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my first try at smoking (with Q-view)

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

 Howdy guys,  im new to this but i figured i would post the few pics i took and see what yall thought

 

 

so for forth of july weekend i figure why not try breaking in the kinda custom made bbq pit i just finished fabricating/assembleing, for details on the pit check here (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/108502/finally-starting

 

so i decide to do 2 racks or spare ribs, 2 beer can chickens, and as many ABTs as one pack of bacon would make. so i ran to the store after church and bought everything. i had to barrow 2 beers from the neighbor since it was before noon on sunday (no beer sold during this time in texas) and then realized that i didnt have a beer can chicken rack, i dont know how i over looked this... to me and my dad(im only 19 and im home for the summer)  quickly made one from an old mig welding wire spool. im kinda an out of the box thinker. haha. so the meat was on the smoker and i could finally relax, or so i thought

268519_10150365608127925_523487924_10240252_2389613_n.jpgit turned out i was wrong, very wrong. in the 20 min or so that i spent away from the smoker building the chicken rackmy fire had died down quite a bit and i couldnt get it above 180. so i had a good bed of coals but nothing burning at a decent temp, to i threw in 2 cooking sized logs with a bunch of kindling and pencil size pieces got the fire back going and i was in business 

 

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so after 3 hours at 225 (i choose to do the 3-2-1 metod for the ribs) the chicken was at 170 so i pulled it off and wrapped in foil and towels then threw it in the cooler to stay hot till everything else was ready. and on went the ABTs

 

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about 2/3 of the ABTs i used green bell peppers instead of jalapenos because most of my family doesnt like heat. but the jalapenos turned out to be not hot at all and had a much better flavor, but both kinda disappeared quickly, i barely remember to take a picture

 

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 but unfortunately i was so hungry when the ribs came off  i forgot to take picture of all the finished meat icon_cry.gif  hit.gif

 

so in hindsight here are the mistake i made starting from the beginning.

 

i should have put the chickens in a brine over night, i didnt brine at all and they were kinda dry

 

not having a chicken rack, but thats fixed now

 

not putting any kind of rub or sauce on the chicken other than the beer, i dont know what i was thinking

 

and most important not remembering to take pictures of the final product 

 

 

PS if anyone has any suggestions or criticisms or anything else please chime in, im young (19) and very new to smoking meat but extremely eager to learn everything yall have to offer


Edited by dewberry - 7/6/11 at 11:17pm
post #2 of 15

Nice! icon14.gif

post #3 of 15

It all looks good from here!

post #4 of 15

All-N-All you did a great job.thumb1.gif

I'm glad you realized your most crucial mistake police2.gif

 

 

 

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most important not remembering to take pictures of the final product 

 

post #5 of 15

OK, so your 19, first time smoke on the rig you made?  WOW, the rest is just a little speed bump in the road.

 

 

 

I say:              

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post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 


well i didnt make the whole thing, i made the fire box and then joined it to a store bought cooking chamber given to my by a friend because i got tired of waiting for to find a pipe or propane tank of something cheap enough for me to afford. but im still looking for  the material to make a cooking chamber out of, but i would rather have this while i wait cause at least i can start learning

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Originally Posted by werdwolf View Post

OK, so your 19, first time smoke on the rig you made?  WOW, the rest is just a little speed bump in the road.

 

 

 

I say:              

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post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 


yeah i kinda messed up, but i was just SOOOOOOOO HUNGRY after smelling the amazing smell of smoke and cooking meat for 6 hours 

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Originally Posted by raptor700 View Post

All-N-All you did a great job.thumb1.gif

I'm glad you realized your most crucial mistake police2.gif

 

 

 

 



 

post #8 of 15

Fabulous!!!

 

Thanks for posting the first swim...ya did great!!

 

  Craig

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks
 

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Originally Posted by fpnmf View Post

Fabulous!!!

 

Thanks for posting the first swim...ya did great!!

 

  Craig



 

post #10 of 15

Nice first smoke!  Congrats!

post #11 of 15

Lookin good! At least your first smoke was edible. Some aren't so lucky. I cook with a camera in my pocket. Just sayin.

post #12 of 15

Keep reading the other posts, that's how I picked up tricks when I first started. 

 

Keep smoking and you'll nail it in no time. 

You don't have to brine a chicken to get a moist chicken.. I like cooking them laying flat, it helps hold in the juices, standing up they run out, that's been my experience with that.

post #13 of 15

Looks-Great.gifGreat first smoke. You are well on your way. As was already said. Keep reading these posts here and you will be a BBQ god in no time. Man when I was 19 I only cared about smoking....Oh never mind.

post #14 of 15

Well you done real good ...

post #15 of 15

man thats a lot of food

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