Well SMF crew, I haven't lit my smoker since Christmas Eve and I can't remember the last time I made pulled pork, so I'm lighting up the WSM Saturday or Sunday for an all day smoke fest. Now, the reason I if I am crazy is because the following forecast:
Saturday: High of 6, low of -14, 10-20 mph winds which leaves me a windchill around -16 - -23 with a chance of snow.
Sunday: High of 2, low of -13, 10-15 mph winds, windchills below -15 again, no chance of snow.
Now, I've smoked in cold weather, I've smoked in snow, and I've smoked in some nasty windchills, but never smoked a pork butt during that kind of weather! I have the charcoal and wood to keep the WSM lit and warm, I won't use the water pan (creates steam, makes it look like bad smoke) due to the amount of fuel it takes to keep the water and the cooking chamber heated. I'll still use the water pan as a heat deflector though, which helps quite a bit with a sugary rub (I want a tasty bark, not a burnt bark!).
I'll probably do it just barely inside my garage like I've done before as it works as a real, real nice wind block. I have a little patio on the east side of my house that I could do it on as well as long as I can get it out of the wind enough. I don't have any insulated blankets or any of that, which I'm not overly concerned about.
Just wondering if I might be the first on SMF to obtain frost bite while smoking meat?!