We spent Memorial Day weekend with some fam and friends. Decided to cook about 4 racks of babybacks, and 2 tri-tips, along with a few sides.
My dad got a new smoker off of Craigslist, pretty cool unit made at the prison that was auctioned off to a local guy who sold it in his moving sale. It was more of a barrel grill at first. He had a guy build a firebasket for it so we could minion method some smoke out of it, adding Hickory chips w/ the spritzing.
Used a mixture of Jeff's modified, and some Salt Lick rub for the ribs. Used Famous Daves Steak and Burger rub for the tri-tips. Cooked the ribs at about 250. Using 3-1.25-1.
Here you can see all the ribs on. The barrel is real narrow, but very long. So I just cut the racks in half. Firebasket is about 70/30 Kingsford/Lump
Close up of the expanded metal firebasket. It's about 8.5x12x8.5
Here's the ribs not long after goin on. All I had at my disposal was a grill surface thermometer, so I had to go by the temp on the tank gauge (not pictured)
Here were our toys for the weekend. 2006 Yamaha Rhino w/ some mods. And a 2010 Polaris Ranger Crew 800 EFI w/ Power Steering
The smoker was built like a tank. With a little more practice, it has great potential
We came to find out that we used about 2x's too much fuel. It took till about 9:30 pm that for the coals to burn out. We would have capped off to save them, but we were headed out of town and wanted the smoker clean for the next fam who comes over to give it a whirl
They were coming along nicely. Only opening for an apple juice spritzing and picture every 45 mins or so.
Here's a good view of the smoker
A little further along
Another of the smoker