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well I finally bit the bullet and am going to try to smoke for the first time tomorrow. I bought a Brinkmann Gourmet, made a few modifications. added a damper to the lid as well as a thermometer. and added a raised grate to the charcoal pan. I also drilled some extra air holes on the side of the pan. i hope this fixes many of the problems that people say they have had with this smoker. I bought 3 racks of spare ribs St. Louis style and am going to make a couple bacon wrapped fatty's while the i have the smoker going. I have never even made ribs before so tomorrow will be a day of firsts for me. I have been reading up on everything for a couple weeks and feel like I have a grasp of the basic ideas, now i will see if I actually learned anything. I am pretty excited! wish me luck!!!!

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First off welcome to SMF there Celtic. You'll like it here for there are alot of good folks here that would just love to help you with anything to do with smoking meat. Now you will find a many a good recipes and methods here.along with some great sections on just about any subjecthaving to do with smoking. So now go out there and smoke something and please don't forget the Qview. We just love that stuff.

 

Welcome To Your New Addiction    

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Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

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spares are rubbed and ready

 

 

 

bacon weave

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stuffing the fatties!!!!

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the first one turned out nice looking

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spares in the smoker - now to wait and watch the fire. the thermometer i put in the lid said 300 but the one i set on the cooking great said 250. i hope it balances out. the cheap factory one says i'm on the lower side of ideal

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spares in the smoker - now to wait and watch the fire. the thermometer i put in the lid said 300 but the one i set on the cooking great said 250. i hope it balances out. the cheap factory one says i'm on the lower side of ideal


Looking good

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so far everything seems to be coming along like it is supposed to. the smoker has been doing a pretty good job keeping a steady temp. I've thrown in a few extra chunks of lump and wood, after a short temp spike it settles back in. i'm using a mix of hickory and mesquite and it smells awesome!!!!! 1/2 an hour i'm going to pull the ribs and wrap in foil, spray my mop on them and put them back on the smoker. the hardest part so far has been avoiding the temptation to pull the lid to look at the meat. i've only opened it a couple times to spray the mop on. I'm excited!!!! i have learned so much reading in the forums in just a couple days! thanks to all of you!!!!

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Can't wait to see the finished product!

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i overcooked the ribs a little. the two racks towards the outside of the smoker got done faster than the one in the middle. all were still very good and not dry but just fell off the bone. I wrapped them in foil and steamed them in my mop sauce. I went to pull them out of the foil after an hour and a half and was going to finish them on the smoker but they were already starting to fall apart. i am very pleased for my first attempt. everyone that tried them loved them which really makes me want to try again. The fatties turned out perfect as far as I could tell. I pulled them off at 170 degrees, wrapped them in foil and placed them in the oven and let them sit for a little over an hour. very tasty!

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my grandmother ate some ribs and loved them. she asked me if i would smoke a brisket or boston butt this weekend if she went and got one. i guess thats a good sign! lol

post #16 of 18

Celtic, that is the kind of grandma we all wish we had..

if she says it is good then IT IS GOOD!

post #17 of 18

Looks good!

post #18 of 18

looks good,nice pics

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