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We all had bad smokes. My 1st was horrible.

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We all have had a bad experience with smoking things. One to remember for me was when i got my first smoker back in 2009. I went out and picked up a brisket. A family member told me that Mesquite paired good with it. So I fired up the smoker after letting the meat marinade for 24 hrs. Smoked that meat for 16 hours. Putting in the wood all thur the cooking. Pulled it out let it rest. Cut it up sat down put it in my mouth. And was horrified by what i was tasting. I couldn't believe how bad it tasted. My family member told me that sitting in the fridge overnight would take some of the taste from the smoke away. 3 days later it's still taste it nasty. Now I am a person who likes Mesquite. Boy did I learn from that experience. My next one I found a recipe and I followed it. When I pulled that meat out of the cooler from resting. It was one of the best things I tasted. That was when I got hooked. So anyone else out there want to share they're bad experience.
post #2 of 15

LOL  Oh geez!  So was it just too much smoke?

 

Chad

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Been There! First smoker was a Mecco similar to an ECB Bullet in '90. Loaded with charcoal and based on TV shows thought I needed lots of smoke. Put in a rack of Ribs and dumped 2 cups of soaked Hickory Chips on the fire. The Billowing White was flowing hardcore. The smoke started thinning, going Blue after 30 minutes so 2 more cups went on. Repeated every 30-40 minutes until the ribs were tender. Didn't even know to monitor smoker temp and have no idea what it was, just kept the smoke flowing. Pulled the ribs when I picked the rack up and it broke in half. Sat down with my wife and MIL and all three of us almost gagged on the first bite. The ribs tasted like Driveway Sealer! There was such a buildup of Creosote that them ribs are probably still preserved and intact in a landfill in PA, won't rot for years. I didn't smoke anything for a few years until technology advanced along with Smoking meat info on the net. My MIL bought me a sweet New Braunfels Horizontal Offset for my birthday and based on new knowledge and Thin Blue Smoke, started get better and better results. Had SMF been around in the '90's, those first bad years would have not happened. Now young Newbies get to jump in with a strong set of tools...JJ

post #4 of 15
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Way too much smoke for me also. Mad back then lol now
post #5 of 15

So you just had to bring up the past MAN WHAT ALES YOU DANG. :laugh1: Yes sir we've all been there and likewise over smoke was by far the worst.

 

Warren

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
But by bringing up the bad. It might help someone just starting out. I too hate bringing up the past on a poor smoke. Plus it's interesting to read what others have done
post #7 of 15
I dropped a perfect turkey in the mud one year. Beautiful crispy skin golden brown Apple
wood smoked bird. Right into a sespool of muck and gunk! Dominos was called shortly after that...

Did that with a spatched chicken once too...
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

I dropped a perfect turkey in the mud one year. Beautiful crispy skin golden brown Apple
wood smoked bird. Right into a sespool of muck and gunk! Dominos was called shortly after that...

Did that with a spatched chicken once too...

Lol You should change your name from dirtsailor to something along the lines of dirtserver. Lol

I can only laugh now because I haven't had my bad experience or made any mistakes yet. But I'm sure that they will come shortly and aplenty. And when they do I'll be sure to share the comedy.

Chad
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I came here and got lucky I guess,the real problem was timing at first way off on first butt smoke. Sure I have over cooked a Tri tip but it was edible I did roast some peppers that mostly went in the trash but that was just stupidity! I'm sure there's a couple blunders but not that I can recall that weren't edible. Speaking of dumping stuff I was complaining to SWMBO about how mushy the meatloaf is sometimes and as I was pouring some fat off it it went in the trash it was an accident but looked rather bad,she picked were we ate that night.
post #10 of 15
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Oh man. I don't know what I would have done if i dropped the bird into the mud and gunk. All that time spent put into making a delicious bird. And the only one to blame is yourself. Like the meatloaf going into the garbage. Man i would be pissed at myself. Like the replies being sent.
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

I dropped a perfect turkey in the mud one year. Beautiful crispy skin golden brown Apple
wood smoked bird. Right into a sespool of muck and gunk! Dominos was called shortly after that...

Did that with a spatched chicken once too...

Hey dirtsailor2003,  you need a deck!  :icon_biggrin:

 

Mike

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Hey dirtsailor2003,  you need a deck!  icon_biggrin.gif

Mike

I have one, actually two!
post #13 of 15
Took me a year to work up the courage to do a brisket!
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

I dropped a perfect turkey in the mud one year. Beautiful crispy skin golden brown Apple
wood smoked bird. Right into a sespool of muck and gunk! Dominos was called shortly after that...

Did that with a spatched chicken once too...

Hahaha - made me laugh.  Sorry for your bird though.

 

I lightly smoked a 4-rib $85 prime rib for Christmas a few years ago.  Company was on the way - time to sear the prime rib.  So I popped that baby into a corningware glass casserole dish (it was on top) to put the final sear on it at 500F.  I got the bright idea to add just a little water to the casserole dish after it was in the oven for about 5 minutes to keep the humidity up in the oven...the corningware dish shattered.  Sounded like a small bomb and it even broke the oven glass (inside pane).  Glass shards everywhere.  There were no beef survivors.

 

We had boiled shrimp instead. 

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Originally Posted by Uncle Eddie View Post

Hahaha - made me laugh.  Sorry for your bird though.

I lightly smoked a 4-rib $85 prime rib for Christmas a few years ago.  Company was on the way - time to sear the prime rib.  So I popped that baby into a corningware glass casserole dish (it was on top) to put the final sear on it at 500F.  I got the bright idea to add just a little water to the casserole dish after it was in the oven for about 5 minutes to keep the humidity up in the oven...the corningware dish shattered.  Sounded like a small bomb and it even broke the oven glass (inside pane).  Glass shards everywhere.  There were no beef survivors.

We had boiled shrimp instead. 

This isn't a smoking mishap but my wife did the same thing. We were having a roasted chicken and her sister was here. She's busy in the kitchen and after the potatoes are in the mixer she takes the bird out of the oven which was in a 9"x13" glass Pyrex dish and sits it on the stove. About 5 minutes later the bomb went off. Here she had never turned the burner off for the potatoes and sat the glass dish on top of the hot burner which just continued to get hotter.
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