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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey there everyone,

I just became a member of the site a few weeks ago and I'm super stoked about it. Tons of good and interesting reads here. Now onto my first post on the site and the details of my smoke today.

I'm currently deployed and have been bouncing around the Mediterranean and Middle East for a few months now, most recently Kuwait. I have an unknown amount of time here, but on my first day saw that pork spare ribs were sold at the store here. Long story short, I managed to find the smoker, rub ingredients, charcoal and everything else you need to accompany the 12 racks I bought for the guys I work with. I tell what, you don't realize how many small things you need until you have zero and have to start from scratch. That being said the one major item I couldn't find was a temp gauge/thermometer and there wasn't even one one the smoker.

Back home I smoke with the Bayou Classic Ceramic smoker from Lowe's and this was my first cook with an offset. It was also my first time with spares, as I usually smoke baby backs. Todays equipment:

-New Braunfels offset smoker
-The rub was 2lbs brown sugar with some (quantities un-measured, but proportionate for a rub) cumin, paprika, garlic salt, and some allspice.
-Charcoal was Match light :-/ (not a fan)
-Mesquite wood chips

-cleaning the grill

-starting up the pit with Match Light

-getting the racks ready with the rub

-full smoker

-the cook with some thin blue smoke

-bout done

-finished product

Overall it was a success but the biggest downfall was not knowing the temp of the pit. That's an intense challenge if you really want to test your skills. One of my fears was not being able to have enough heat and end up with a 7 hour cook. I REALLY didn't want those ribs to go to waste. So the only mod I did was raise the fire pit grill height by cramming a few rocks under it. Then I had a water pan on the lower level of the smoke chamber in order to spread out the heat and not burn the first rack closest to the fire. I ended up cooking 6 racks at a time; the first with no foiling, and the second with foiling (3-2-1ish). My cook times were about 4 hours a piece leading me to believe the pit was well above the 225 we all know is good. (Maybe 300*? Or higher?)This lead to delicious, but not super tender, fall off the bone ribs. However the second batch I foiled turned out better.

I was happy with the cook as it was the first time I was able to do anything in over 4 months. Thanks!!!
post #2 of 14

Nicely done. 

post #3 of 14
I've been able to cook on just about anything when given or purchasing food in unusual situations. Given the circumstances, you sir win hands down!
post #4 of 14
Great cook! And great perseverance! It's not the cooker that makes great Q it's the Cook!
post #5 of 14
First off.. let me give you a big "THANK YOU" for your service... usa.gif

Second.. that's what I like... a man that just wings it and gets it done... PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

post #6 of 14
Really awesome post! Talk about cooking from scratch... You had to find your meat, find your smoker, clean it it, mod it, and cook the food with no temp gauge. Cool that you are feeding those around you and bringing them a piece of home. Thanks for your service and keep us posted on more of your cooks!
post #7 of 14
Nick, morning...... great job on all fronts..... You folks keep safe and thank you for your service.... smilie_flagge13.gif ......

Edited by DaveOmak - 6/18/14 at 11:01pm
post #8 of 14

Great cook. Great job cooking for your friends. Great job making do with what you got! I also appreciate the qview.



post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the compliments. I think if I end up here for more of a duration I'm gonna burn up some steaks. It'll be faster and needs way less attention, but be just as delicious.

Off topic here, what is the OTBS some people are a part of on the site?
post #10 of 14

OTBS is an award bestowed on members that have shown that they have learned their craft and have posted pics of same . They help others to learn and have been here a minimum amount of time. You can be nominated by any moderator and then approved by the admins .

Originally Posted by EODnick View Post

Thanks for all the compliments. I think if I end up here for more of a duration I'm gonna burn up some steaks. It'll be faster and needs way less attention, but be just as delicious.

Off topic here, what is the OTBS some people are a part of on the site?

the OTBS entails

post #11 of 14

I'm sure it was wonderful!!! Cheers! - Leah

post #12 of 14

EOD should be BBN (Big Brass Nuevo's), as to the challenge, necessity is the mother of invention.


I would like to thank you for your service. I'd rather buy ya a cold beer but I'll settle for the norm, so thank you.


Great job even were you not under adverse conditions! Bet the crew appreciated the deviation to real food.

post #13 of 14

Great job.  First rate in my honest opinion.  Thanks for your commitment to our great country.


post #14 of 14

Great job! But my first thought was, "They sell pork ribs in a Muslim country?"

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