Well, I just finished up my first ugly drum smoker and the initial cook with it (and in general). All in all it was a success. Although there are a couple things I want to do to the UDS to make the next smoke a bit smoother of a process.
Below is what I did and what I used… I would love to hear some constructive criticism if you have any. Can’t get better if people are just blowing smoke. So, what did I do wrong?
5.5 lb Boston Butt
Myron Mixon’s Basic BBQ Rub
Myron Mixon’s Hog Injection
Myron Mixon’s Pork Glaze
Myron Mixon’s Basic Vinegar Sauce
Prep and cook:
9:00 am - I rubbed, then injected and stuck back in fridge
10:30 am - Meat on; Smoker @ 250
2:30 pm - Checked meat; Internal temp @ 160
7:30 pm - Pulled meat; Internal temp @ 172
7:30 pm - Glazed, Wrapped in foil and returned to smoker
8:45 pm - Added three potatoes (unwrapped)
9:15 pm - Pulled meat; Internal temp @ 200
9:15 pm - Left foil on, wrapped in towel, place in microwave
9:45 pm - Pulled potatoes and wrapped in foil
9:45 pm - Put potatoes back on
10:00 pm - Put shrimp on (in make shift foil pan); Cooker @ 235
10:15 pm - Glazed shrimp
10:20 pm - Pulled shrimp off
11:00 pm - Pulled potatoes
Meat: 10.75 hours
Shrimp: 20-25 mins
Potatoes: 1.75 hours
After I pulled the shrimp and shredded the pork, we dove in and didn’t stop… we were so hungry. In the hunger frenzy, we actually forgot about the potatoes still being on the smoker. In our defense they weren’t even close to being ready when the meat and shrimp were. I pulled them off after we finished and a buddy took one home with him, but the others didn’t even get unwrapped. So, I couldn’t tell you how they turned out.
Overall the finished product was great. I took the leftovers to work with me today. The guys all loved it and I got several compliments, but I don’t think any of them would have told me if it was nasty. The shrimp were great. A friend of mine handled all the shrimp prep work, so I couldn’t tell you what went into it. I do know it used the same glaze I used on the pork and some other stuff.
And now… picture time:
Just before pulling: