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new smoker, beef smoke, tri tips/ribs w/pics

post #1 of 23
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Been looking at smokers over the winter and even went and checked a few out but nothing seemed just right. All i know is i wanted a stickburner... Found this box at goodwill store... box was opened but seems lile it was never really unpacked except for the top couple items...

50 bucks was the tag on it, seeing the hardware and misc parts box still had the tape on it...

yep its nothing to talkabout... thin wall metal etc but something to get me going and helpmake some decisions...

couple hours later...

all parts accounted for except two screws the wrong size for the handle on the SFB... no biggy, cordless drill took care of that prob in a hurry!!! I didnt do any of the mods yet but will do the firebox and the extension of the exhaust tube for sure.
so i had these tri tips in frig for a couple a weeks now... and picked up a really crappy rack of beef ribs. figure be a good starter. seasoned smoker first of course, playing around and seeing what the temps were and how they reacted to controls etc... started out with some white oak i had then as i started with meat i used maple chunks.
tri tips

beef ribs

used some kansas city rub i had on both...


the smoker doing its thing!!!

took the tri's to 140, wrapped and rested

and the beef ribs finshed off with SBR's...

sliced tri tip... decent smoke ring for first time i thought...not sure how well camera picked it up. i think next time will pull the tri's at 130-135 deg.


tri tip sammy, sourdough bun, toasted and buttered, provolone cheese, and onions... along with the rib.

thks for cking my pics!!!
post #2 of 23
neat! $50 is a steal. i think you made out really well.
post #3 of 23
Yeah, I'd say you did very well too! Nice tri-tips!
post #4 of 23
Great deal !!!! Wish I could get tri-tips here.
post #5 of 23
What a great find and a great smoke too
post #6 of 23
nice as always.

nice new smoker, and really nice looking first smoke on it. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #7 of 23

Looks great

Nice smoke, and what a steal on the smoker points.gif
post #8 of 23
Looks like you picked up a nice little smoker. Good looking Q.
post #9 of 23
Smokiin deal on the rig and dinner!
post #10 of 23
nice find and good pics.
post #11 of 23
That's a great deal on the smoker and from the looks of things, you already figured out how to work it!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #12 of 23
50 Bucks to make some good grub like that, well worth it! Nice job, man that sammy looked tasty. I need to quit looking at the boards when I am hungry!! LoL!! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #13 of 23
Congrats on the find Erain. Also nice looking Q there buddy. PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #14 of 23
Killer deal Erain and a great job on that smoke.points.gif for the show and also for using all the bolts. lolPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #15 of 23
Now thats a real deal if it's gonna product food like that. Great job again there ErainPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #16 of 23
Sweet deal E. Nice meat !!
post #17 of 23
Sweet Deal Erain. I picked up the same one for $90 this winter and thought I did good. Nice smoke too !!!!
post #18 of 23
Nice find and good lookin' Q.points.gif
post #19 of 23
Best $50 You Ever Spent!!

GoodWill - Waaaay Tooo Funny!!

Most of the GoodWill Stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area are in nice areas and actually pretty nice stores. Very organized and reasonably clean. They have remarketed themselves and almost rebranded themselves to attract more than just low income people looking for cheap clothing and housewares.

My Wife has a very nice GoodWill near work in Richfield, MN and stops by atleast once a month. Most of the stuff she's come home with still has the tags on it!!! Just like your find, some of the stuff is literally "Brand New".

Have Fun With Your New Toy!!

Todd Johnson
Savage, MN

No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

post #20 of 23
Every now and then even a blind squirrel finds an acorn.
More meat has come out off small offset smokers than big fancy ones. Glad you are putting this one to use. I would like to give you the best score possible on the carving of your tri-tip. You are exactly perpendicular to the grain----most people have trouble with this concept. AWESOME job.
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