I finally got to use my ProQ Excel 20 Smoker for the first time yesterday. I bought it three years ago for $90 and it has been in storage ever since because I moved to an apartment and did not have room for it on the balcony.
I smoked a 9 pound Pork Shoulder and threw on a Top Round (London Broil) just to see how it would go.
I had a hard time controlling the temp and could not hit the 180-190 I was looking for. I could not stay up too late as I had to be someplace very early this morning. Someone suggested that I modify the smoker to electric for better control.
Here is how it went:
7:30 Setup Smoker and lit Charcoal
8:00 Smoker 175F Pork 95F
9:00 Smoker 175 Pork 116
10:00 Smoker 230 Pork 125 Added Charcoal
11:00 Smoker 260 Pork 145 Sprayed with Apple Cider/Apple Vinegar Mix
12:00 Smoker 260 Pork 156 Sprayed and added Charcoal
12:30 Removed Top Round as quick as I could. Turned out pretty good although rub was a little spicy.
1:00 Smoker 210 Pork 154 Sprayed and added Charcoal
2:00 Smoker 220 Pork 160 Sprayed and added Charcoal
3:00 Smoker 220 Pork 165 Sprayed
4:00 Smoker 210 Pork 165 Sprayed and added Charcoal
5:00 Smoker 225 Pork 165 Sprayed
6:00 Smoker 220 Pork 163 Sprayed and added Charcoal
7:00 Smoker 230 Pork 165 Sprayed
7:30 Smoker 210 Pork 168 Removed Pork, wrapped in foil, wrapped in heavy towel and placed in a cooler
8:00 Unwrapped Pork, it hit 170. We cut a few slices, it was good, moist and nice smoke ring.
I had a few more slices at lunch today and it is good. I'm wondering if it is worth all the effort though. I think if I smoke more things at one time it would be more worth the effort.
Anyone have suggestions/comments as to what to do/not do next time?