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post #21 of 36
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Originally Posted by m00se View Post...But, I have to tell you: I have 13 nieces and nephews, 3 kids of my own, and 3 siblings and their balls and chains. Occasionally, we get together! Oh and the straggling GF and BF. I'm pretty sure this machine will see some use!....

 

 

I'd spring for the 22" WSM then.  Besides, with that many people you will either be making pulled pork, or brisket.  Or you will be making a loan from a bank for ribs!  Lol

post #22 of 36

Too late!! TOO LATE!! I bought the $299 one at HD last night. And as luck would have it, BJ's is next door! So I had to get me a nice brisket.

 

 

 

Of course, we also are in the process of an 18" snowstorm so it will be resting in the fridge in the garage till the weekend.

 

Right now I've got 40 tabs open to recipes and techniques so by the time I'm ready I'll have a pretty clear idea how I want to go with it. Crutching, minioning, salt and pepper vs. complex rubs, etc etc....

 

I also note that the guy on that other forum who ranted about the grill grates falling probably wasn't too far off his rocker. The top/upper tabs that hold that grate are only 1/2" long and if you're clumsy I could easily see how you could knock the grate and have it fall onto the lower one. I was even thinking  of how you could modify those brackets so that it would be less liable to happen. Otherwise it's everything you guys said it was. Looks good and I can't wait to fire it up.

 

Robert

post #23 of 36

Can't wait to see it in action!!  Make sure you share your first cook!

post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by worktogthr View Post
 

Can't wait to see it in action!!  Make sure you share your first cook!

 

You betcha I will.

 

I just ordered a gasket kit from http://www.bbqgaskets.com which should be here by Friday hopefully. Get that installed and Bob's your uncle!

post #25 of 36
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Originally Posted by Drewed View Post
 

 

 

I'd spring for the 22" WSM then.  Besides, with that many people you will either be making pulled pork, or brisket.  Or you will be making a loan from a bank for ribs!  Lol

Oh man... BJ's has beef rib cryo's but my eyes bugged out when I saw the prices. ~$140!! Those will have to wait till I win the lottery, which I don't play!

post #26 of 36
I have an electric Smokin-it #2 and am going to add a charcoal smoker eventually and am in the same boat as you. Leaning more towards the Pit Barrel, since I'd use my electric for longer smokes anyways (pork butts/brisket etc).

Good luck in your decision! Let us know what you eventually choose!
post #27 of 36
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Originally Posted by TheLocNar View Post

I have an electric Smokin-it #2 and am going to add a charcoal smoker eventually and am in the same boat as you. Leaning more towards the Pit Barrel, since I'd use my electric for longer smokes anyways (pork butts/brisket etc).

Good luck in your decision! Let us know what you eventually choose!

I got me the 18.5" WSM...just waiting for this dreadful weather to pass. Probably this weekend. Have fun!

post #28 of 36
Oops. Missed it. Happens when I'm mobile. lol Congrats! Hope the weather turns so you can get it going!
post #29 of 36
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Originally Posted by m00se View Post
 

I got me the 18.5" WSM...just waiting for this dreadful weather to pass. Probably this weekend. Have fun!


ill be doing the same this weekend. hoping for snow but not to much that i can't smoke! 

post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by CamG View Post
 


ill be doing the same this weekend. hoping for snow but not to much that i can't smoke! 

 

 

We're gonna miss the Noreaster coming this weekend completely! YAY US! ...but we'll pay dearly anyways!

 

post #31 of 36

mOOse, there is a simple inexpensive fix if your grill grates fit loose enough to fall past their hangers...

 

 Use a small stack (as many as will fit depending on thickness 2 or 3 most likely) of the appropriate diameter washers placed on each carriage bolt from inside the drum barrel before the hanger brackets are installed essentially creating a spacer.

 

Works great and no more worries about 20lbs of Pork Butt falling into the beans down on the second rack thumb1.gif 

post #32 of 36
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Originally Posted by Squatch View Post
 

mOOse, there is a simple inexpensive fix if your grill grates fit loose enough to fall past their hangers...

 

 Use a small stack (as many as will fit depending on thickness 2 or 3 most likely) of the appropriate diameter washers placed on each carriage bolt from inside the drum barrel before the hanger brackets are installed essentially creating a spacer.

 

Works great and no more worries about 20lbs of Pork Butt falling into the beans down on the second rack thumb1.gif 

 

Hah! Squatch I just saw that fix someplace today too. Ideal fix. I'm actually going to suss out a mod so that I can hang a rod across the kettle so that I can hang stuff. I liked the PBC I almost bought one. If I can replicate that idea on my Weber I'll be a happy camper. 

 

Man I never knew these little jobbers were so popular. Youtube has kept me busy I'll tell ya what...

 

Thanks Squatch!

post #33 of 36

You bet : )

 

By the way I almost forgot to say I am another WSM owner/lover and I think it is the simplest to learn on, and best value for the money coal burning smoker available on the market!

 

Enjoy your new smoker

 

 

post #34 of 36
This is the only thread you need to read for cooking a brisket. I will say if you haven't already invest in a good multiprobe digital remote therm. I use the iGrill 2, and the maverick 732.

Wind is your worst enemy with any smoker. A simple wind block can be made to block wind from the lower vents with of the WSM. I use my WSM year round and in temps as low as single digits.


http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/118043/the-secret-to-good-sliced-brisket-defies-conventional-wisdom
post #35 of 36
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Originally Posted by Squatch View Post
 

mOOse, there is a simple inexpensive fix if your grill grates fit loose enough to fall past their hangers...

 

 Use a small stack (as many as will fit depending on thickness 2 or 3 most likely) of the appropriate diameter washers placed on each carriage bolt from inside the drum barrel before the hanger brackets are installed essentially creating a spacer.

 

Works great and no more worries about 20lbs of Pork Butt falling into the beans down on the second rack thumb1.gif 

Squatch, I've been a busy boy lately and haven't had the chance to catch you up on my smokey escapades. I did exactly that - Went to HD and bought some longer bolts and 20 washers and was in business. No more wobbly grate or fear of imminent collapse. Thanks for that tip!

 

Now I apologize that I wasn't attentive to the activities for my first smoke that I didn't get more than this 1 pic: 

 

 

 

 

Since then I've done pork ribs and chicken kebabs. Here's a few photos:

 

 

Putting a finishing BBQ sauce on the grillers.

 

 

 

Classy setup huh? Guess I'll be furniture shopping in the spring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

TaterCam  ^

 

 

 

I have an 8 lb pork loin and a pork belly curing right now for this weekend. I am having a ball!!

 

 

Cheers!

post #36 of 36
Looks like the good kind of busy!!!
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