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No q-view, runaway smoker

post #1 of 8
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My wife was baking cheesecakes all afternoon for a charity auction, so: "dinner on the smoker please!"

OK! Bone-in venison chops - rubbed with EVOO, CBP, salt, & crushed garlic. Plenty of fat still on them, so no bacon needed. Top with a heaping tsp of high quality bleu cheese (lots of chunks!) dressing before serving. Also threw in a 3 lb homemade venison bologna for an appetizer, smoked spuds, and a salad. Didnt smoke the salad. Now, my plan was to smoke the chops for about 30 - 40 minutes @ 200 or so, then finish them off for a few minutes on the propane weber. It didnt quite work out that way though ...
After about 25-30 minutes, my wife hollers down to the basement "Theres something wrong with your smoker, you'd better come quick!"

Well, just a few weeks ago I got started on using up some scrap lumber to build a cart for my smoker so it would be portable, store all my stuff together, and I wouldn't have to bend over so much. Pic attached - it's not finished yet, so please dont be too critical. :)

So I came running up stairs & out to the front yard, and there's my smoker 50 yards down the driveway, laying sideways in the grass with the door open and food all over the lawn, a nice TBS curling up to the sky. Wood chips, jerky racks, remote thermometer parts etc all over the place!

Sorry, no pictures - I was in kind of an angry state of mind at the time, & the wife & kids laughing didnt help much.

Cleaned everything up and finishing it off on the grill. It all tasted pretty good, I think I got all the grass off. By the end of dinner I could laugh about it too, seeing my cart & smoker rolling down the driveway would have made a pretty good "americas funniest videos" entry. Yes, I really hate the "doing stupid stuff" that comes along with being human.

Moral of the story: if you build a smoker cart, make sure you block the wheels. icon_eek.gif
post #2 of 8
icon_lol.gif Thanks for sharing that with us. Another option for wheels would have been locking wheels. At least you were able to still have dinner. icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 8
I'm laughing with you that had to be a sight to see. PDT_Armataz_01_41.gif I can see it now smoker races on Saturdays biggrin.gif
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah, the wheels I got are 5" diameter, $3 each. The locking ones were 3" diameter, $7.50 each. I wanted the bigger diameter because they roll better so I figured they'd make it easier to move the cart into the garage, onto the porch when it rains, onto the trailer. And I was using all scrap materials except the wheels, I wanted "cheap."

Yep, they roll better, LOL.
post #5 of 8
It goes faster that way too icon_lol.gif

Actually I'm glad nothing happened to the smoker or the food and you have a good story to tell
post #6 of 8
Yeah...Gotta go Bubba on you.

This thread sucks without pictures!!!!

lol...Just kidding. If it would have happened to me, there wouldn't be any evidence either icon_lol.gif
post #7 of 8

Too funny

If you had film you could have put it on America's Funniest Home Video icon_lol.gif Glad you were able to rescue it. Not a problem with Maude. She is hard to move. I need to change her wheels for something bigger.
post #8 of 8
Proud of you for eating the food anyways! My dogs would have beat me to it, they camp out by the smoker when its running.
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