PartyQ on the mini.

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by mdboatbum, May 29, 2016.

  1. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi everybody! Been a while since I've been here. Figured Id share my initial experience with the BBQ Guru PartyQ on the mini. I gotta say it's a match made in Heaven! I've used a mini for a few years now, and yes, it does very well on its own. Only times I've had trouble are when its cold out and I load it up with two pork butts. But with the partyq, the thing is so dead simple it's ridiculous. It seems to be a lot more frugal with charcoal too. I've only done one smoke so far, chicken thighs at 285°. It locked on to the target temp in 10-15 minutes and held it there for upwards of three hours. After 3 hours probably 85% of the initial load of charcoal remained. This was Kingsford blue bag, which would usually be probably half gone in that amount of time.
    I think I like this little gadget!!
    Doing a pork shoulder today so we'll see how it does on a long haul.

     
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  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey MD good to see you are still with us,I have the BBQ Guru and I love it.

    Richie
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Same here, glad to see you posting again.

    I have a Guru as well & they are just too good to be true.

    Good luck with the shoulder.

    Al
     
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Update on the pork shoulder. I ran the mini at 325°, and the partyq held it like a champ! The low battery light came on about 6 hours in and about a half hour later it started to struggle to hold temp. The coals were consequently running low at this point as well, and even more consequently the meat was also ready to come off. So as far as I'm concerned, the partyq totally rocked it!

    One thing, I won't be doing pork at that high a temperature again. Normally 300° is where I like to do pork butts, but I was running short on time and also wanted to put the partyq through its paces. Wasn't entirely happy with the outcome. This was a picnic shoulder and in my opinion, for my taste, I don't like it as well as a butt. I knew this going in but it was on a fantastic sale so I had a couple in the freezer. In addition, the higher heat made the bark pretty hard and burnt tasting in places, also not my favorite. Lastly, the meat wasn't as buttery tender and moist as it always seems to be at 300°. This is probably my fault as it probably could have used another hour or so in the smoker, but folks were hungry. It pulled, but not that easily.
    So to sum up, the partyq was definitely worth the $150. It made an already great little smoker one that is as simple and rock solid as an oven. I'm so happy I got it!!
     
  5. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    By the way, the day started off sunny and in the high 80's, then storms rolled in. Was probably 68° and breezy for most of the cook. In those conditions, 1 load of coal and 1 set of batteries doesn't seem too bad at all. Had the mini under a canopy to keep the rain off.
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks for the review MD! Nice looking cook.
     
  7. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks guys! I haven't an a lot of write ups on the partyq so figured I'd share. I think the 5cfm fan is perfect for the small volume of my cooker, but not sure if maybe a 22.5"WSM might need something with a little more oomph. I also suspect that the positive airflow might even out the temps between the top and bottom grates. This is a guess and I haven't tested it yet.
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    MD, I have found that the picnics make better hams, I too prefer the butt cut for pulled pork. One of the only meats I brine or cure and brine.
     
  9. jay6896

    jay6896 Fire Starter

    Sounds like I need to check out the BBQ Guru! I love getting the most out of the charcoal and wood.
     
  10. Getting ready to put my Cyber q to the test for the first time I hope for as great as results as you are having.
     
  11. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Took the mini on a camping trip to the outer banks this past weekend. The weather was in the 80's and breezy. The mini and the partyq didn't let me down! Made ribs and chix wings. Did St. Louis spares and drumettes. Simple approach, rubbed with soul seasoning and brushed with sweet baby rays for the last hour.
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2016
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  12. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    I need to get one soon! The ribs look great by the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  13. I had a problem with one of my probes but I called bbq guru and they replaced it right away. Great customer service and I love this thing. Can't beat the WiFi option
     
  14. lovethemeats

    lovethemeats Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That food looks good. Like the gizmo at the beginning of the thread. That looks cool.
    Going thru all these threads and I'm getting hungry with all I'm seeing.
     
  15. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Will a mini fit in a VW camper?  [​IMG]  Just another camping toy.

    Md, thanks for sharing.  Points!
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2016
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A mini will fit anywhere!

     
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking cook and I appreciate the review of the Guru. Points.

    Disco
     
  18. radioyaz

    radioyaz Smoke Blower

     Thanks for this post. I actually ordered a PartyQ today before I read this. My only worry is the space underneath as I have a very old original silver Smokey joe. I am pretty sure I am going to have to lose the ash tray...but we will see. Will arrive Thursday...just in time for a brisket point on Saturday!!! I will share some pics.

    Glad to see so many of you guys still posting and using the Mini. I too haven't posted in a long while. But the Mini is now two years old and gets used nearly every weekend!I am addicted to using mine.

    This looks like it will make it even better!

    Keep smoking brothers...and sisters too if you are out there!
     
  19. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think what I'd do is drill a 1" hole in the side of the Smokey Joe to mount the guru adapter. That way you can just leave the bottom vent closed and not worry about the ash.
     
  20. radioyaz

    radioyaz Smoke Blower

    Thanks. I am hoping I won't have to. Did you get the weber adapter with your guru? or anyone reading this use it on a silver without drilling a hole? I will post my efforts when it arrives and see If I am off to the hardware store too for a drill bit. I must have no life...I am like a kid waiting for Christmas morning!
     

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