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Smoked Beef Arm Roast for First Smoke

post #1 of 14
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I bought a cheap Brinkmann vertical charcoal smoker Friday and decided to give it a try with a simple beef arm roast. the meat was in the smoker for about 5-6 hours. After 4 hours or so the temp. got to 160 degrees F so I wrapped it in aluminum foil and then put it back in the smoker until it got over 200 degrees F. I then put the roast in a cooler packed with towels and let it rest for 2.5 hours. It turned out OK considering the smoker is quite cheap and I've never done this before. I used mostly hickory and one piece of pecan for the wood with Grove lump charcoal.

My brother-in-law smoked a pork but with this Big Green Egg and had me over last night for for dinner so I made coleslaw from a great recipe. Since I had some left over coleslaw I put it on the roast.  I also put on some BBQ sauce.

The biggest issue I had was keeping the temps over 200 degrees. I used the thermometer on the smoker so I don't know how accurate it really is. I bought a small vegetable grill bowl that had holes. The stock charcoal pan is worthless since it doesn't allow air flow. The downfall with the bowl I bought is that is was small so I had to keep putting in charcoal and I still think I was having air flow issues, which was shown with the low temps.


The meat wasn't tough or chewy, but it also wasn't fallling apart.


My smoker.




The roast resting.





After removing the aluminum foil.



A smoke ring.  439.gif



Ready to eat.



post #2 of 14

Looks great Grange!!  Welcome to the forum!

post #3 of 14

Looks good, you got a nice smoke ring on there. drool.gificon14.gif

post #4 of 14

Looks great nice ring...Welcome aboard...

post #5 of 14

Looks darn good. icon14.gif

post #6 of 14

It looks good but your link don't work.

post #7 of 14


welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!


Your Q looks delicious!

post #8 of 14


welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

post #9 of 14


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Have a great day!!!

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post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcome all.  I've always enjoyed BBQ but it wasn't until I took a 3 hour class a couple months ago at a store calle BBQ Pits and Spits on how to BBQ beef brisket and pork butt that I became really interested in trying it myself.  In this class we also made some sides, which is where the coleslaw recipe came from.  It was the best brisket I've ever had.  My next step is to get an accurate thermometer and then tackle the air flow issues.


Originally Posted by africanmeat View Post

It looks good but your link don't work.

The link was just to the picture I posted.  This forum is different from the other forums (skiing and dog training/trialing) I frequent.  I normally link my photos from a photo hosting site, but with this forum I had to attach the photos from my computer.  Also I see I double posted my message and can't delete one of them.  So the moderator(s) may prefer to either merge the two threads or delete one of them.

post #11 of 14

looks great and a nice smoke ring

post #12 of 14

Looks great

post #13 of 14

that some good lookn Q you posted.  Welcome to SMFwelcome1.gif

post #14 of 14

welcome1.gif Nice lookin grub there.

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