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First Smoke - Happy Father's Day (pics)

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I've never done a successful smoke before, let alone own a "real smoker". So I set out to Walmart to purchase SMS unit (99 buck gasser), thanks to Sporty for the transport as the box wouldn't fit in my truck. Assembled it, and it sat on my back deck for a couple of weeks. Today I decided would be the day to give it a shot.

Off to Giant Eagle for some full spares ($2.29 a lb and they will trim them into full spares, pull the membrane and give you the skirt and extras free of charge.) Got them home and cleaned them up a bit (for reference the cutting board below is 24" wide, big ribs!)

After rubbing yellow mustard and the rub, they are ready for the smoker:

Here they are, loaded in the smoker. I replaced the small smoker box with a 8" cast iron pan loaded with a couple of chunks of mesquite wood.

Fatty Time (sweated down some peppers/onions and threw in some Motz cheese):

Fatty's out of the smoker resting. I used thick bacon, and even though it looks uncooked it's quite crispy. I took the fatty up to 175 before pulling it to give the bacon some extra time.

and this is why you don't trust the built-in themometer. Even though the grill thinks it's 250degrees, the seperate probe on the right confirms 226 even though they are less than an inch apart in the smoker! That's a 24 degree difference!

Fatty cut open (sorry for blurry pic)

3-2-1 method on the ribs. Next time I'll use less rub, but cooking-wise they turned out PERFECT.

I ate way way way too much but OMG so good.

next smoke will be a pork butt, ATBs and another fatty or three.
post #2 of 22

What an awesome looking first smoke cool.gif

Don't forget the roll call intro when you get a chance , but looks like you are off and runnin' icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 22
Everything looks great except for that can of "P" water you have in all the pics......cool.gif
post #4 of 22
Looks good man, glad you had the q-view going, i just learned from your pics what a fatty was, looks great and will have to try to do one, can you share the recipe?? great job
post #5 of 22
Captian you look like you have been doing it for some while... Great job.......
post #6 of 22
Great job...looks awesome!!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #7 of 22
That's a great looking effort for an old vet, not a lowly newb!! biggrin.gif Welcome to the site, and keep ut the great work!

Woodruff there is a forum in here that gives praise to only the fatty! Check it out, lots of great stuffing ideas and a real good rolling tutorial

post #8 of 22
darn good first smoke!! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #9 of 22
Looks great way to break in that new smoker PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #10 of 22
Looks yummy! now we just gotta upgrade your beer!PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif
post #11 of 22
Looks great. Keep up the great smokes.
post #12 of 22
Absolutely a nice job. GReat smoke.
post #13 of 22
Gee, the new guys are coming prepared and know the ropes. I guess they're not so new, Great job PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #14 of 22
What might be wrong with his beer?...Miller is the ONLY beer to drink!!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #15 of 22
Looks great.... you sure this was your first smoke?
post #16 of 22
Nice job on that first smoke...May I sugust a fine Bud to sub for the Millwater in you rub. lol
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I had plenty of tips from a buddy, but it sure wasn't as hard as I thought. I can see at some point in the future going non-gas though, to give me something to "play" with.

As for my beer of choice, if I'm drinking all day it's gotta be ML.

This weekend a pork butt is going on. :)
post #18 of 22
From here I would say your first smoke was a hugh success. Kudos and welcome to the forum.
post #19 of 22
Points for a most righteous, first smoke!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #20 of 22
I'm glad I am not the only one who noticed the beer ... I just can't decide if he is obsessive compulsive and has to set his can down so the logo is facing him every time or if he carefully positioned his beer of choice before each photo.

Other than the beer, which I also put into the "P"water Category, that looks like some mighty fine eating.
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