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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have been trying to find time for my next smoke but shtuff keeps getting in the way. I am determined to smoke saturday for dinner but will not be able to get the pit going till about 3:30 or 4:00pm. we have a few friends coming over to eat. I can maybe push us back to 7:30 or 8:00 to eat. Any suggestions? I wanted to do a few chickens and/or ribs but it seems that might be pushing it. Fish maybe? or will i be forced to just fire up the grill again? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 18
Ya might get away with a couple spatchcocked yardbirds. Get a couple smaller ones, and drop 'em in a weak brine before ya go to work. I say weak so as not to overbrine, as they'll be in there for 8 or so hours. Run the smoker up to 275 or better, prolly be a couple hours to the 170° mark.
Might also get away with some babybacks..they go pretty quick too.
post #3 of 18
I always forget about those buggers. Tasty too!
post #4 of 18
Good suggestions!

I like to smoke game hens. They cook pretty fast since you can smoke them at higher temps.
post #5 of 18
Meatloaf would be a good choice, or some chicken parts. Try a fatty, or some abt's for an appetizer.
post #6 of 18
Chicken quarters would fit the bill. PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif
post #7 of 18
Order pizza.............eek.gifPDT_Armataz_01_28.gifcool.gif
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for the ideas. I think i'll throw several things on there and see what's done for dinner. (and keep the pizza on standby just in case!)
post #9 of 18
Beer Can Chickens

2 hours or so at 275-300*
post #10 of 18
Chicken 1/4's, a couple fatties , and some abt's. Dinner is servedbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
post #11 of 18
bbq bubba, I'll bring the brew.
post #12 of 18
All good suggestions! Good Luck with your smoke... lets see the quickie Qview...
post #13 of 18

Abt

Careful with the abts they can stay with you for awhile
post #14 of 18
Deal!!! PDT_Armataz_01_29.gif
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

Quickie QView

Thanks for all the help. With the time crunch, I decided to go with salmon, shrimp kabobs, and ABT's. Here's the pit getting warmed up (with the pup showing some interest)...



Here it is loaded up...I used Dutch's Maple Glaze for the salmon, crabmeat-cream cheese-garlic-onion in the abt's, and wrapped prosciutto around the shrimp with some peppers and onions...



Smoked for a couple hours at about 200* with lump charcoal and a little apple wood and here's the finished product...





The Salmon was fantastic...thanks for the recipe Dutch! These were my first ABT's and they were very good. The kabobs were not bad but could use some work.

All in all it was a great night!
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 

Quickie QView

Thanks for all the help. With the time crunch, I decided to go with salmon, shrimp kabobs, and ABT's. Here's the pit getting warmed up (with the pup showing some interest)...



Here it is loaded up...I used Dutch's Maple Glaze for the salmon, crabmeat-cream cheese-garlic-onion in the abt's, and wrapped prosciutto around the shrimp with some peppers and onions...



Smoked for a couple hours at about 200* with lump charcoal and a little apple wood and here's the finished product...





The Salmon was fantastic...thanks for the recipe Dutch! These were my first ABT's and they were very good. The kabobs were not bad but could use some work.

All in all it was a great night!
post #17 of 18
Can't go wrong with that line-up !!! congrats on a successful night PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifPDT_Armataz_01_37.gifPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #18 of 18
Looks great. As a fall back you can always put your favorite rub on Spam. I'm not joking, I love the taste.
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