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1st Smoke and 1st Q-View

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ok, Pics below. Well, it was a challenge. 1st of all, why does Brinkman even put a thermostat on their units? They are absolutely worthless. My installed thermo was freaking 70 degrees off of what my oven thermo read. Ridiculous. I really need to get that wireless unit as it sucked to have to keep opening the door to peek at my temps. I did battle with temps some, having it almost get to 300 once, and having it get too low 2 other times. But I battled and started to get a handle on it by then end of the smoke. So a few more smokes and I should know my smoker, and how much fuel to add when I need to. But all in all, it came out fantastic. Finished it in the oven since I had temp issues. And I never hit a plateau. Went from 165- 205 in the oven (on 250) in about an hour and a half. The beans turned out HOT!!!!! Didn't mean to put in that much heat, but BOY were they tasty. All in all, got a LOT of compliments on the meal, and can't wait till I am good at this and really start churning out good Q. Here are the pics. Enjoy, I know I did. :)

Prep Pics (from the night before)

The Rub, before it entered the fridge for the night.

The ABT's (Jal peppers, cream cheese, lil smokies, and bacon dredged in brown sugar/ceyenne pepper.)

Wicked Baked Beans

BBQ Slaw _ Now I can go to bed to get ready for tomorrow, LOL)

The finished ABT's, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

The Pork Shoulder as it hit 165 and is ready for the oven.

The finished Wicked Baked Beans.

The Pork Shoulder at 205, ready to pull.

The end result. mmmmmmmmmm

The Chef's meal. Accompanied by a nice cold Corona with lime.
post #2 of 21
NICE work! Looks mighty tasty. Congrats!

post #3 of 21
Real nice job...chef's meal looks great!!
post #4 of 21
Congrats on your 1st smoke. Nice looking grub. Definitely worth getting a remote thermometer, as most all themos are off. Points for a successful 1st smoke
post #5 of 21
Looks awesome, some mighty fine lookin eats!!! Congrats!
aka Rocky
post #6 of 21
Congrats on your first smoke, outstanding job!!!!
post #7 of 21
Which model Brinkman are you using?

post #8 of 21
Okay, you got my mouth watering now! Nice meal, thanks for posting the pics.

post #9 of 21
Nice lookin' food, nice pics, great post! You get used to your smoker in time, I just got a new one this year and have to learn its quirks but I'm getting there.
post #10 of 21
Mmmm...everything looks fantastic! Nice job!cool.gif
post #11 of 21
Great job, looks like a fine meal.
Happy your first smoke was a success.
post #12 of 21
real nice smoke bro!!
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
Not sure, but it seems in my area, its only sold in Home Depot. Can't even find it on Brinkman's site. Let me find the link on Home Dept's site.

Its a square vertical smoker, with 2 doors, on for the fuel and water, the other for the food area.

Here it is
post #14 of 21
Great looking smoke! Those ABTs look awesome...kinda did a cowboy candy thing with the bacon...gonna have to try that.

The remote thermometer would be nice to have...but not having one gives me a chance to dork around in the garage more!
post #15 of 21
All looks great. How did you make the slaw?
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
I like that name better than pig candy (the name I heard attached to bacon dredged in brown sugar), but definitely give it a try. Definitely adds an additional invited flavor to the ABT's. :) I put a dab of Ceyenne peeper into the borwn sugar before dredging the bacon.
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
From a recipe found on the Internet. I wasn't too thrilled with the slaw though. Gonna look for a different recipe. ANd gonna give some Fatties a go to. :)
post #18 of 21
Good job man. The first smoke seems to be the worst, by means of figuring out your rig, and what it does as far as temps and how it reacts.

But looks like you pulled it off.
post #19 of 21
Congratulations to you for overcoming the roadblocks in your way. Sometimes its more interesting taking the side roads........Looks like you did real well...... Thank you for sharing the pics.
post #20 of 21
Looks great, congrats on the first smokeicon_exclaim.gif!!!!
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