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Pork Roast Smoke on the Newly Restored BBQ with Q view

post #1 of 13
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Last week I posted a BBQ restoration of my dad's vintage cast iron kamado-style coal grill/smoker.  You can see that thread here:

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/108805/restored-my-father-s-pseudo-kamado-hibachi-now-with-q-view

 

I did the first smoke on it this afternoon.  A pork roast in honor of an old family story about us kids demolishing a pork roast my folks expected to get 2-3 meals out of.  We didn't.

 

The short version is that the smoker/BBQ recently went from this:

 

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to this:

 

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Here's the first smoke this unit has seen in 25-30 years.

 

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What a hoot to fire this thing up again!  After seasoning, she was pretty easy to operate; temps held nice and steady inside that cast iron.  Here's the roast, along with a couple of sausages that needed to be cooked.  I rubbed the pork with salt, pepper, and brown sugar.

 

Smoked it with Rancher hardwood coals and a bit of hickory at 235-250* for about 2.5 - 3 hours until the IT hit 165*.  Man, this thing is stingy on coals; the whole smoke probably took only 12 coals!  I also LOVE Rancher coals -- they produce the most beautiful and flavorful smoke.  Foiled and rested about an hour until dad got here for dinner.

 

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Here's the money shot.  Moist and very tender.  I was quite happy with the smoke ring on such a short smoke.  I'll probably try to manage a 225* cook next time as I get used to how she works.

 

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And the exclamation point!!!

 

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Just like that camping trip 40+ years ago, LOL! 

 

Yes, Dad got the first bite, and it was every bit as good as we all remembered!  Thanks for looking!  Good times revisited!!!!

post #2 of 13

Thats cool James, you could have burnt all the meat up and would still be worth the memory lane. points.gif

post #3 of 13

Nice job James. You did such a great restoration. I think I would have just kept it as art and not used it.

post #4 of 13

Looks delish. Great job on the smoker. Looks brand new.

post #5 of 13

That's awesome! Nice little smoker. It's usually just my wife & I eating so that would be a handy dandy at my place!

post #6 of 13

Man That is beyond cool! Great JOB!!!!!!

post #7 of 13

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post #8 of 13

Looks too pretty to be for cooking.

 

Seems like it should be on a fancy old car, with a candle in it.

 

You really did a great job, James!!!

 

 

Bear

post #9 of 13

James  that's Fantastic you could restore your dads smoker and share the first meal with him....That's something not many people can say!!!!beercheer.gif

post #10 of 13

What a nice smoker and story.It does look like art .But with form and function.

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the kind words everybody!  It was a labor of love for sure!
 

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Originally Posted by realtorterry View Post

That's awesome! Nice little smoker. It's usually just my wife & I eating so that would be a handy dandy at my place!


Yeah, we're getting down to that empty nesting thing around here too.  It's perfect for a small cook for momma and me or as an auxiliary rig for larger gatherings.  And its super stingy on burning coals!  I also plan on taking it camping as well.  It'll be way better (although heavier) than my ECB on the campouts!

 

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Originally Posted by Bearcarver View Post

Looks too pretty to be for cooking.

 

Seems like it should be on a fancy old car, with a candle in it.

 

You really did a great job, James!!!

 

 

Bear


I hear ya, Bear, but she's really made for cooking; besides -- I like functional art!  Maybe momma and I can load it up in her '67 Cougar and take it to the beach or a local lake sometime.  Would that suffice?  (No candle, though -- quality hardwood coals only!)

 

 

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Originally Posted by gotarace View Post

James  that's Fantastic you could restore your dads smoker and share the first meal with him....That's something not many people can say!!!!beercheer.gif


It's pretty cool to have him so close by.  He even got a little wistful and mentioned that he might look for something like it for himself.  Of course, I immediately offered to give it back.  He declined -- realizing that as a widower that he is not likely to bother with anything more than a gasser grill at this point in life.  Besides -- he'll just come over here for the Q without all the work!!!!  Kind like when he asks me to "help" him work on his truck.  Now he hands me the tools and gets in my way!  LOL!  Funny how the rolls reverse!


 

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Originally Posted by michael ark View Post

What a nice smoker and story.It does look like art .But with form and function.


Thanks, Michael!  Functional art -- right in my wheelhouse!

 

post #12 of 13

What a difference in the before and after. Nice work. Almost too nice to cook with.

post #13 of 13

The meat probably  had the taste of childhood  Well done James .

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