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Hello from England

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Hi fellow smokers,


Having been watching Man v Food and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for the last year or so I wanted to get smoking.  I did some re-search using this excellent site as well as some others and wanted an Oil drum or UDS.  Partly because it look's awesome and you can still grill like a normal BBQ.  I also needed a large one as my daughters 1st birthday was coming up and we had quite a few people coming.


I finally found the right device, a Drumbecue.  I dont work for them or have any affiliation, I just bought one and like it. 


1st smoke, 2 racks of St Louis, using billbo's rub, webber hickory wood and some lumpwood charcoal.  I struggled with getting the temp up, due to my impatience and sticking everything in and shutting the lid, however it did come up and stayed at around 240 for 1.5 hours.  The smokey flavour was there but they were very dry, even though I was basting every hours with apple juice and olive oil.


2nd smoke was baby back ribs, billbo rub and I made the mistake of using briquetts.  The flavour was not good and again dry but I did get better at controlling the temp, due to the briquetts I suspect. 


3rd attempt, this time using the 3-2-1 method and Restaurant grade lumpwood charcoal from Big K.  This was prefect, real big chunks of wood that take a while to get going but when they do, you get at least 2 hours of heat.  I also purchased a charcoal starter, which really helped with getting the next lot of coal at the right temp before stocking her up.  The ribs were pretty much prefect, used some cherry BBQ sauce my bro made and lashed that on for the last hour.  


Next up I'm going for some beef short ribs, chicken wings and some bbq beans cooked in the smoker and maybe a rack of baby backs for a starter LOL.


Also the Drumbecue needs some mods, need to put an air vent in the side for heat control and get a second grill with a cut out for adding coal.


Thanks for reading and thanks for all the helpful advised from an awesome site.



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Hi Neil! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 


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Hello Neil, and welcome to the forums!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.



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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.


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