I'm just curious if any of you have ever tried to smoke something and completely ruined it. Surely I'm not the only one! Here are a few things that stand out:
1. Filet Mignon Roast - probably a bad idea to begin with. I should have just had the butcher cut this into steaks. Even worse, I was at work and figured that I could explain to my wife how to use the smoker. The fire didn't get hot enough to get much smoke. The meat turned out tough on the outside, completely dry, and without much flavor. Waste of money!
2. Beef Ribs - I have had success with beef ribs plenty of times. At this time, I had an Old Smokey electric smoker. For some reason, I had the idea that I could leave them on the smoker for a ridiculously long period of time. Something like 10 hours, while I went to work. When I got home, they were burned to a crisp. One of our guest was trying to be nice and say they weren't bad. But they were terrible!
3. Brisket - I have done well with brisket several times. But early on, after doing a couple very well, I didn't bother to check the internal temperature. It tasted fine, but was as tough as leather.
4. Turkey - I have done several great turkeys. This was the first one, also on the Old Smokey. The Old Smokey had a lid that sealed very tightly and didn't let anything breathe. It was so moist inside the smoker, that the turkey skin split wide open and the turkey completely dried out.
All of these happened when I tried to smoke something without being there or without paying attention. Lesson learned!