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First run on the Drum....with Qview

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
So I finally got to use my drum this weekend. For the last month or so, every time I was gonna smoke something, the wife would invite people over for Q. I don't like cooking on a new smoker for company. It was just two of us yesterday...so out came the drum.

I was pretty lucky...I got most of my stuff for free. I work on all kinds of industrial jobs....so I get to pick up lots of stuff. biggrin.gif

The only thing I had to buy was the bottom charcoal grate, and the three handles. Not too bad. She aint real purty....but she runs great! It was about 20° out yesterday, and I had no trouble keeping the drum at 220-250°.

I still need to get a permanent thermometer. I was using my deep fryer therm yesterday.

I did a rack of pork, and a rack of beef ribs. Ribs turned out great! Very tender and moist! I don't foil my ribs.....but I do spritz with some juice every now and then.

post #2 of 23
Those are some great looking ribs! Nice and juicy looking...and that wonderful pink color.

Congrats on getting to use your new UDS. Looks like you will get a lot of good use from it.

post #3 of 23
Nice looking ribs there... What kinda wood did you use? Thats a deep and heavy ring.
post #4 of 23
Looks great!

Any reason you go with the lower cooking rack?
post #5 of 23
Nice looking drum. PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

And that's some nice looking ribs, too! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif


post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys!

onedragon...I used some maple chunks from a sugar maple that fell down last year. This is the second smoke I have done with the maple...I like it....a sweet and mild smoke.

ThunderDome...I plan on putting in a second rack. I just haven't gotten around to installing it yet.

I was surprised at the smoke ring when I cut into the ribs last night. I was listening to a BBQ podcast earlier in the week, and they were saying that you get more of a ring if the ribs are cold. I usually take my ribs out of the fridge at least 45 min to an hour before they go the smoker. Yesterday...I took em out of the fridge, put the rub on, and put 'em right on the smoker.
post #7 of 23
No question about it - you're ready for company. Great job.
post #8 of 23
post #9 of 23
That's some nice looking grub, congrats on the drum.
post #10 of 23
sure does look pretty - nice job. I'm not a charcoal guy myself only because I'm lazy...but I have to ask the purpose of the ball valve at the bottom of the drum (hope it's not too stupid of a question - I'll go with the newbie excuse on this one)
post #11 of 23
I'm with all of them those are some really good lookin ribs you smoked there Buffalo
post #12 of 23
Those look good....i cant wait to get my drum fired up
post #13 of 23
Them are some great looking ribs. I bet they tasted just as good. Good job.
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys...the ribs were pretty darn good.
post #15 of 23
Nice smoke!!
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
The ball valve regulates the air flow. I have three 3/4" intake ports on the bottom of the smoker. Two of them have threaded plugs, and the third has the valve. On yesterdays smoke, I had one plug removed, and the ball valve was open a bit to maintain the 220-250 temps.
post #17 of 23
Everything loks great,welcome to the UDS side. points.gif
post #18 of 23
That looks great! Nice smoker and sweet looking beef ribs!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #19 of 23
nice 1st run!
post #20 of 23
Nice looking DIY build... The proof is in those ribs..
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