Well, saturday was the maiden voyage for the new smoker. It was a great day, but we did have some issues. We were't happy with the temp difference from side to side.....20-40 degrees at times...still need to play around with all the dampers and vents.
Second.....talk about fast track briskets....they were done in 4 and a half hours ,running about 240-250 with a few heat spikes.. We are pretty confident are thermos are accurate(checked them)Still scrathing our heads on that one.....they were both prime cuts, one a CAB(certified angus beef) and the other just prime. The CAB was by far the tastier one.....but with cooking so fast we don't feel it got as tender as it should be.
Next issue was we felt the food didn't have enough of a smoke taste
I did not think this would even be possible with a stick burner.......were thinking again maybe to fast a draw...venting/damper issues, or was it the wood. We were burning half hickory, half cherry. Bubba thought that maybe it was not seasoned enough...by no means green but not seasoned as much as it could be.
Finally we played around with different rubs.......long story short we should have stuck with what we know we like and is excellent, in others words....if it aint broke don't fix it!!!
All in all it was a great day with good food....just not great( I also think we are very critical of ourselves, it was still better than any BBQ you could buy in a resurant(not yours Joe
)Meeting Bubba (Steve) was wonderfull (great guy!!!) and we all had a blast(especially friday night....we had a bit to much fun and paid for it on Saturday.......
Here are some pics for the day....Steve is on his way home and has some of the finished food and will post them later.
Pyro Bud starting the fire:
Briskets and butts go on
Bubba and Bud making fast work of splitting a mess load of wood:
" The Boys"
Ribs and chicken on:
Like I said, it was an great day!!Can't wait for the next one
....we just need to learn the cooker a bit more and Smoke On!!!!!!!