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Record keeping of past smoking sessions.

post #1 of 4
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So about a week ago a good friend of mine stopped by as I was smoking some baby back ribs for a party I was going to. He was very 

interested in what I was doing and how I knew what to do. Well that got me wondering about how other people do it.

 

I guess the best place to start is with what I do. 

 

Even though I'm new to this board I have been smoking meat and BBQing for many years. Off my back deck I have a 48" Lang stick 

smoker, a Cajun Injection dual door electric smoker and a Webber 36" grill. Now with all of these different smokers I need to keep log

books of all of my different sessions. I think I have about 20 three ring binders full of information that must go back 15 years or so.

 

I keep track of time/temp, meat, seasonings, results and any odd factors like outside temp, wind, rain etc. And different smokers as I

have had several others in the past. Recently I have moved to the digital age and have been slowly changing over to a spread sheet

system so I can search for similar situations that I have come across in the past. 

 

Now what do the rest of you do something similar or do you have a completely different method. I just think if you can keep track of

these things your chance of a great BBQ go up exponentially.

post #2 of 4

I take all the notes, like you take. Then I assemble them all with pictures (Qview), and post the whole thing on this Forum.

 

Then whenever I want to do the same thing again, I can just go to SMF, and look up how I did it before.

 

Meanwhile all of the SMF members can use it too. Some of them are below, in my signature.

 

 

Bear

post #3 of 4

You can't get to where you are going unless you know where you have been.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/attachments/3

 

These have been hanging around here for awhile, you are welcome to blow the dust off and use any part you'd like.

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thank you those are very good. I'm going to look those over and see if I want to modify my current system.

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