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Thread Starter 
Hello everyone,

I've got an outdoor kitchen for grilling, one Brinkman smoker/griller. My status would be "just learning" and have ambitions to do cook-off competitions with my homemade BBQ sauce. So I just started smokin' baby-back on Super Sunday (in 20 degree weather) it was a pain in the a** to get lit but it did get going. I had on rack on there it took 6 hrs. to cook and they came out great. Not so yesterday, 6 hrs. later and still raw inside, dumb question maybe, does outdoor temperature really affect smoking temps and time to cook ?
Looking forward to exploring this forum and your replies.
my outdoor kitchen link

post #2 of 13
Hello Scott, and welcome aboard! Good to have ya here. Weather can definitely have an impact on the performance of many smokers. It depends on what kind of rig you have, but wind and cold temperatures can make maintaining smoker temps a real challenge. You want to try to keep cooking temps in the 225-250 range for ribs. If you accomplish that, you shouldn't have raw meat after 6 hours.
post #3 of 13
Welcome to SMF, Scott. Glad you joined us.

Syracuse is my old stomping grounds, grew up nearby.
post #4 of 13
Welcome to the SMF and great looking outdoor kitchen.
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Welcome aboard!

Nice looking outdoor kitchen! Looks like the Dinosaur is gonna have some competition soon.
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Hello Scott
Welcome to SMF. Glad to have you here with us - great looking outdoor kitchen
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Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

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Here you can get the 2009 USDA Food Safety Guide from his site.

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post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yeah, the temps barely reached 185 ! mad.gif More practice to come.
Thx for the warm reception. Looking forward to a cook-off in Rochester in May, first-time but very ambitious. I'll be ordering a Char-Broil offset smoker on Friday (bonus check money) to use and will start practicing
right away.
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Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #10 of 13
Howdy neighbor and welcome to SMF. Get yourself a wind break and a welding blanket to keep that brinkman up to temp, it will help a lot. the Char-broil wouldn't be as much of a pain in the butt, but will still be effected but the weather. Looking forward to some of your future Q-view.
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Welcome to the SMF Scott, We are glad to have you onboard
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Howdy, welcome to the SMF!!
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First off welcome Scott to SMF. It sounds like you are well on your way to be an outstanding new member of this fine site. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anything to do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
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