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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Today is my 46th Birthday so I figured what a better way to celebrate than to get up early and smoke some food!

I have a 10lb brisket, 6lb Boston Butt and my first Fattie!

Smoker is starting to humm!

On the grill at 6:20AM local

Off to get more sleep! John
post #2 of 25
Looking great John Happy BirthdayPDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #3 of 25
First Happy Birthday and I hope you have a load of people coming over to eat. You have quite a mess of good looking smoke there. Well enjoy and drink one for me.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #4 of 25
WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!

j/k happy b/day
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Just me and my wife! Leftovers! OK, Kidding I am sharing!

Updated 2 hour shots!

Boston Butt


Fattie - Done!

Fattie - Sliced!

post #6 of 25
Looking good !!!biggrin.gif
post #7 of 25


happy birthday John,
Great looking grub right there.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #8 of 25
Everything looks really great. Looks like a successful first smoke. I have to make an observation though. That first pic looks like an incredible amount of wood chunks for smoke. When I use the Joe I put maybe 2 or 3 pieces the size you have in the firebox. Didn't that create a huge amount of smoke? Did you let it burn down some before you put the meat on?
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well thanks, but this isn't my first smoke. I had a bed of coals under the wood and I wanted to go to bed for a little while. Now I toss 2 or 3 on at a time. John
post #10 of 25
Sorry John... been reading a bunch of posts and had just read a thread about a first smoke and I think the first fatty thing stuck in my head. I've never put that much wood in with my charcoal. I've used the minion method where I would mix it in at different spots in the unlit charcoal but never laid it on top that way. Looks great!
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
No problem! Interested in the Minion method. Is there a sticky on that somewhere?

Basically what I do is light the charcoal and pour it in the box add some chunks on top and then add chunks/charcoal throughout the day. If there is a better method, I am interested.

post #12 of 25
I do the same thing except I burn from the end instead of the bottom. First time I had my lit coals facing the draft. It actually burned very hot so next time I turned the hot coals towards the smoker and let it burn towards the draft. Worked better for me. Here is a link to some info on the minion method. I used some of the info plus added what worked best for me.


If you google minion method you will come up with lots of readin.
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I will try that next time (Labor Day)
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
Big time Plateau! I have been at 156 for the Butt and 152 for the Brisket for 3 hours! 2PM local, it better get moving!
post #15 of 25
Hope these Thunder storms stay to the south of you today. So far you are in pretty good shape up there, but this is Colorado. Smoking with funnel clouds over head. icon_rolleyes.gif
post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 
Whoo Hoo! Plateau is over! Pork up to 160, Brisket to 155!
post #17 of 25
Good lookin stuff there. And a happy birthday PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well I might have spoke too soon :( Seems to have stalled again at 163 and 155.
post #19 of 25
That's what you get for tellin anybody.
post #20 of 25
I did the same thing doin a Dudestrami, it ended up stalling for 4 hours.
I'll never say that again!!!!!!!PDT_Armataz_01_03.gif
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