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Alton Brown Special

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My mom gave me a $50 gift card to Home Depot.  I decided I needed another smoker, so I looked around the internet and found an Alton Brown video on this home-build.  I place an 18.5 inch grill between the two pots.  I have used this smoker for rib roast, pastrami, ribs, and turkey legs.  It is the poor-mans version of the green egg, holding temperature really well.  Scroll to the bottom to see the first rib roast I smoked in this contraption.


Two terracotta pots...

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An electric burner is in the bottom beneath the pie plate.  The grill is used to support a liquid pan...


I had to drill out the bottom hole a little to get the cord end through.  The burner has an adjustable control that I set at medium high.  The expense was in the terracotta pots, so if you have some laying around or you can score them in a garage sale, you can make this smoker for under $30.


drool.gifHere is the first smoked rib roast after 5.5 hours.!!!

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post #2 of 8
That's awesome. I've thought about building one of these too
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Great looking smoker & great looking roast too!



post #4 of 8

Looks like you had great results.  Personally, I enjoy Alton Brown's show.

post #5 of 8

Great job on the AB smoker, and the beautiful Rib Roast !!!




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What do you have for an exhaust  vent on the top?

post #7 of 8

thats cool!!!! also that rib roast looks killer!!

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I actually place an 18.5" grill between the two pots that vents around the circumference.  There is a hole in the bottom of the pots that I run the power cord through at the bottom, and vent out of on top.



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