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First Char-Griller Smoke

post #1 of 10
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I had my first smoke with my new Char-Griller Smokin' Pro yesterday. I did a lot of research before deciding on the Char-Griller. I knew when I bought it that I would need to make some mods. When I assembled the unit Friday, I went ahead and did the smoke stack extension and turned over the charcoal grate in the main body. I fired her up Friday night to season the grill. I watched the grill level temps during the seasoning and was happy with the results. After the seasoning was complete, I prepped a brisket by trimming and covering the brisket in mustard and a dry rub. I also put a chicken in brine for the wife.

I was up very early Saturday to fire up the smoker. I used Kingsford Charcoal and a mix of hickory and mesquite chunks for smoke. Once everything was going and stable, I put the brisket on the smoker. Here is shot of the smoke as the temp was coming back up after adding the meat.

After the Brisket had been on for 6 hours, I added chicken to the mix.

I wrapped the brisket in foil after it reached 165 degrees. The chicken was pulled of at 180 degrees. After resting a a bit, the wife had her dinner consisting of chicken, baked beans, and potato salad and headed to work. The chicken took about 5 hours.

The brisket went 12 hours and was pulled at 180 degrees. I let the brisket rest for an hour in foil before slicing. It was very tender. I had a hard time slicing because it wanted to fall apart. It also seemed to have a nice smoke ring.

I learned a few lessons and still have a few mods to do. I am used to smoking on a Brinkmann charcoal smoker and Kingsford worked fine on it. Not so with the Char-Griller. I was able to maintain temp just fine for the first 3-4 hours. After that, I started having problems and ended up using a lot of charcoal. I think this was due to all the ash and the fire having a hard time breathing. At one point, I started digging around in the SFB and discovered a lot of unburned coals. They had partially burned and become buried in ash. I think moving to lump charcoal and a basket will resolve this issue.

I also need to finish sealing up all the extra holes. I will stop and get some bolts for this before I smoke again. I'm not sure I like the exhaust extension I performed. It drops down in the middle of the far left grate. I may try the aluminum flex pipe I've seen in several post.

Like I said, the food was great and the smoke did it's job. I think with a few changes, it will do it with a lot less work on my part. Although, tending the fire and monitoring everything is half the fun!
post #2 of 10
lookin good GPS, very good lookin smoke and thks for the qview!!!
post #3 of 10
great lookin' Q Steve ,your right about the ash build up ,i do a dare devil balancing act when that happens by taking a garden trowel and raising the
grate with the coal while sliding the ash catcher out and dump it in a steel bucket slide it back in and replace the coals,also i'm wearing welding gloves.

post #4 of 10

me to

I have a char griller pro also. I had the same problem with my sfd when I smoked a butt yesterday. Plan on some of the same mods you wrote about. I saw one where you turn the charcoal grate over & use it like a baffle. havent tried it yet, but I will have the mods done before my next smoke or at least one that last 12hrs great looking meat PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifIF YOUR LOOKING YOU AINT COOKING
post #5 of 10
Killer looking beef, sweet bird and killer knife. Doing it right.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
I did the baffle thing with mine. I had very even cooking temps from one end to the other. Now to fix the SFB issue. I'm already planning my menu for next weekend.
post #7 of 10
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I can't wait to use the smoker again next weekend. PDT_Armataz_01_14.gif
post #8 of 10
Greatlooking grub....................Mouth watering....................
post #9 of 10
Thats looks great. Sounds like you got a pretty good handle on the new smoker. A few more smokes and you'll have it in the bag.
post #10 of 10
Steven, it looks great!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

Nice blog too.
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