I had this notion about...OK, craving for some pulled beef yesterday. I was tossing the idea of parting-out and trimming this bad boy to cure/smoke/dry into jerky, but then, I have 2 Bottom Rounds weighing in @ 10lbs which I figured would fit the bill for that project.
Anyway, I was looking over this cut, and not having had the opportunity to smoke 'em but once or twice, and being it has some serious connective tissues (being the tip), and some inter-muscular fat, marbling and a bit of a fat cap, I thought I'd give pulling a try this time.
I've been thawing this critter for several days, and had to toss it into a cold water bath after I got home from work at about 11:00 pm last-night to get it up to temp a bit more.
It's definitely not the prettiest cut of beef I've ever smoked, but I intend to make all the nasties disappear before this is over:
No-salt Red Bell Pepper Rub:
Into the Gourmet wit Kingsford Blue, hickory, wet pan and a wet drip pan...I want to get all the goodness from this baby that I can get:
I've been having to babysit the fire with this smoke just as most of them, but when I fired up the coals a couple hours after midnight, the ambient temps were dipping into the lower 40's, winds are variable at about 15 MPH, but my shelter is stopping most of it, and the humidity is near 100% with forecast for fog in the morning...I can already smell it in the air.
Anyway, mid-smoke, I decided another down and dirty mod was in order so I could more easily monitor grate temps...I now can stab a long stem fryer therm or my digi-probe under the top grate to get a decent reading of the true chamber temps. It seems I've had a few smokes take much longer than they should have, and now I know why...I was running about 30* cooler than my probe readings directly on the grate towards the outer 2-3" than I was directly under the meat.
Well, back to the fire and smoke....only been in for a few hours, so the finish will be in about 14 more hours I'm guessing...that is, if I can keep temps up.
Catch ya on the rebound!
Edited by forluvofsmoke - 10/2/10 at 4:39am