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First Smoke This Weekend...gotta minute?

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Bought a WSM a few weeks ago on sale for a pretty good price.  decided i needed to use it at least once before the year is up and this saturday is the day.  i've decided to smoke a brisket and a boston butt (hopefully get both around 6-7 lbs).  it looks like the temperature will be just above freezing on saturday, and just want

 

-how long should the smoke go for?  i figure around 10 hours for both (1.5lb a hour right?)

-on average, how many bags of charcoal would i expect to go through?  will i need more than 1 on a warm day, and will need more than 1 this saturday?

-how much charcoal should i heat up since it's colder, more than 20?

-from what i've read, people seem t recommend the minion method.  anything i need to watch out for doing this on a colder day?

-how long to take the smoker to get up to heat? 

-boil the water ahead of time, or just use warm tap water?

 

thanks for the help!

post #2 of 6

Will have ya up soon.  Just got in from work and with the holidays I am getting a late start this week with the moderation duties.  Sorry you had to wait.

Rick

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Bought a WSM a few weeks ago on sale for a pretty good price.  decided i needed to use it at least once before the year is up and this saturday is the day.  i've decided to smoke a brisket and a boston butt (hopefully get both around 6-7 lbs).  it looks like the temperature will be just above freezing on saturday, and just want

 

-how long should the smoke go for?  i figure around 10 hours for both (1.5lb a hour right?) yes

-on average, how many bags of charcoal would i expect to go through?  will i need more than 1 on a warm day, and will need more than 1 this Saturday?  I would have several bags on hand, but the WSM doesn't use a lot of fuel.

-how much charcoal should i heat up since it's colder, more than 20? at least Yes, depending on the temp

-from what i've read, people seem t recommend the minion method.  anything i need to watch out for doing this on a colder day?

-how long to take the smoker to get up to heat? If it's cold, it may take awhile for the smoker get up to temp

-boil the water ahead of time, or just use warm tap water? Boiling would be better

 

thanks for the help!


 

 

 

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post #4 of 6

Sounds like Rap has got you covered. Don't forget the camera!

post #5 of 6

Welcome, HInkbot!  Raptor has you covered, so please  let us look over your shoulder by sending photos.  We love the photos.  Enjoy, and take advantage of all the resources available.  GOOD LUCK!

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First off welcome to SMF. It sure looks like you have gotten some good advice already so do like kenneth and Al says and you'll be on your way to smoking stardom for sure. 

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