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SmokinAl
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SmokinAl

SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster, 73, from Central Florida (Sebring)

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    1. TeeCee
      TeeCee
      Hi, I am new to low and slow charcoal cooking on a 22 in Weber,is there a necessity to use wood chips , I don't like the real smoky taste and wonder is there some other way to infuse a subtle taste just using charcoal heat brickettes/ beads only
      1. ExclusiveBBQ likes this.
      2. ExclusiveBBQ
        ExclusiveBBQ
        Controlling smoke is quite an easy thing to do so you may just want to use less chips or use bigger blocks that will give off less smoke due to them burning longer.
        Jul 9, 2019
      3. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        I just mix in some large chunks with the charcoal & only light about 10-12 briquettes. It's called the minion method. You want to see very light smoke coming out the top vent, sometimes all you will see is heat & just smell the smoke & always leave the top vent open all the way.
        Al
        Jul 9, 2019
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    2. remsr
      remsr
      Hi Al!
      Haven’t been on the forms for a while. Lots of things have happened. As you may recall my wife was sick (cancer) she passed away August 3ed. Then I bought a home in New Port Richey Florida and sold my home in Minnesota. I’m not quite settled yet but I am getting close to doing some serious smoking.
      Randy,
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        Sorry to hear about your wife, Randy.
        But it sounds like your getting along OK, especially since your now a Florida boy!! Glad to see you back on here & looking forward to seeing some good looking Q coming out of your new home. Nothing like smelling up the neighborhood with bbq to meet some new friends! Good luck!
        Al
        Jul 2, 2019
    3. undy
      undy
      Thanks
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        Your very welcome!
        Al
        May 25, 2019
    4. undy
      undy
      Al- How long will pulled pork last in freezer? I have some from October and I am wondering if its still good to reheat or if I should trash? Thanks
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        It will last indefinitely if your freezer is at 10 degrees or lower & the PP is vac packed. When I say indefinitely, I have had some in the freezer for 2 years & when heated in my SV, it tastes like it did when I took it off the smoker. Hope this helps.
        Al
        May 23, 2019
    5. dan the mano
      dan the mano
      hey there Al , i was wondering if you could tell me how to send a few pictures on here , i thank you advance
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        When you say send, do you mean post them in a thread or send them to someone?
        Apr 2, 2019
      2. dan the mano
        dan the mano
        well i went and smoked a whole bunch of marinated cheese yesterday , and i want to send here from my cell phone .i phone to be exact ..s.. you see im not much of a computer person
        Apr 2, 2019
      3. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        I don't know about using an iPhone to post photo's.
        I post mine from my computer.
        PM @bmudd14474 , and he should be able to walk you through the process. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!
        Al
        Apr 3, 2019
    6. superbeek
      superbeek
      Hey Al, just wanted to say that I found your post about IT/ribs a while back and forgot to bookmark it. Had to dig through google but I found it again. Thanks for passing on your hard won smoker wisdom!
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        My pleasure my friend!
        Al
        Mar 22, 2019
    7. ammaturesmoker
      ammaturesmoker
      Have you done any pork yet on the Santa Maria? Pork steaks are simply amazing on it.
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        No I haven't yet, just one more thing for the ToDo list!
        Al
        Mar 17, 2019
    8. dan the mano
      dan the mano
      i thank you in advance Dan
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        No prob Brother!
        Al
        Mar 7, 2019
    9. dan the mano
      dan the mano
      ! -what kind (type ) of cheese are the better ones ..
      2- i understand that fruit smoke of some type is usually the better for taste
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        The only cheese I smoke anymore is Meunster, with apple pellets. Oh and no marinade at all.
        Mar 7, 2019
    10. dan the mano
      dan the mano
      3- do you double smoke any of your cheese and tasted this the other day
      4-do you ever do any marinading of your cheese .. say , fruit wine , or maybe syrup , you see i have ,and well some of this wasn't to bad .. while the other ... well lets just say i have to go back to the drawing board on that one.
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        I smoke my cheese for about 4 hours. I put the Amazen tube in the firebox of my Lang & put the cheese on the top rack in the cook chamber. the smoke travels far enough to clean & cool it, so I can eat the cheese right out of the smoker. But it does develop a better flavor the longer it sits. I let it air dry in the fridge overnight then vac pack it.
        Mar 7, 2019
    11. dan the mano
      dan the mano
      hey there i was wondering if i am sending messages properly .. as i have tried to emails... conversations.. about asking some questions to different people. i hope you might be able to help me here . i thank you .

      i do have a fews question here for you though , with regarding smoking cheese
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        Looks like you have it figured out!
        Al
        Mar 7, 2019
    12. DCY
      DCY
      I’m new to this but can anybody tell me how long do I smoke a 17lb. Pork shoulder
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        At 225 degrees it will take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours per pound. Are you sure it's that big, cause if you bought it at Sam's or Costco, they come in a 2 pack. Also the time is just an estimate, you need a good meat thermometer, and you probably will want to take the meat to about 203-205 degrees. At that point the bone will slide right out clean & it will be real easy to pull.
        Feb 23, 2019
      2. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        Also use a finishing sauce! Here is one that a lot of us use.
        Feb 23, 2019
      3. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        SoFlaQ’uers finishing sauce
        1 Cup Cider Vinegar
        2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
        1 Teaspoon Tony Chachere's Cajun Seasoning
        1 Teaspoon Course Black Pepper
        1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

        Warm the Vinegar up enough so that it dissolves the Sugar well. Then add the remaining ingredients.

        Randomly squirt this over warm freshly pulled Pork, then kind of mix it up with gloved hands.
        Feb 23, 2019
    13. Brm12
      Brm12
      Al,

      I am new here and your article on smoking a pork tenderloin in a pan of chicken juice caught my eye. I had a question in regards to something that crossed my mind. Could I smoke the loin in a pan with sauerkraut?
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        I PM'd you the answer, and it sounds like a winner to me!
        You can put anything in the pan you want, sometimes we put onions, carrots, celery, & garlic in the pan with the chicken stock.
        Al
        Dec 31, 2018
      2. short smoke
        short smoke
        I smoke many things in pans and when I do say a pork butt, I like to put a pan underneath it and put the butt on the rack. The pan catches the drippings for some great au jus. But to answer your question I believe you could put anything in the pan with your tenderloin and it would smoke well and cook up nicely.
        Jan 6, 2019
    14. cooker613
      cooker613
      Al, I wanted to thank you for your lox recipe. I made it (other than the citrus, too traditional for that) and frankly it was the best lox I’ve had. And like you grew up eating it. I posted some pictures the fish section. Lox was something I’ve wanted to make for years. One friend wouldn’t believe I made it. He was sure I bought it and was trying to pull a fast one.
      Thanks again,
      Gordon
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        Thank you Gordon!
        I'm very happy to hear your lox turned out so well for you.
        I have been out of it for a few weeks & just waiting for a little cold weather so I can stock back up & also smoke some cheese, which I'm out of too!
        Al
        Nov 15, 2018
    15. Rp69
      Rp69
      Hello i would love to post and share my experience . And would love to leran from others. Every time i try to post on my phone it ask me to select members . If i do not select members i can not start new coversation . Do i need to buy a membership does the form work on phone . Help please
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        You do not need to select members to browse the forum. That is only for a personal message, they call it a conversation on here. Just go to the top of the page & click on forums, then choose one to view. I would start with "Roll Call" & introduce yourself.
        Al
        Oct 26, 2018
    16. Gwanger
      Gwanger
      thnx Al, I looked at Tender Belly, I will give them a try, thnx again. You are the best!!! Price is very manageable,a lot better than $130.00 for a belly
    17. Gwanger
      Gwanger
      Al I am looking for some Berkshire pork belly to make some bacon,now in early Sept. prices are sky high.I remember your post on making bacon with Berkshire pork belly,should I wait till BBQ season is over or do you have a secret supplier that you would share bc $130 for a pork belly is out of my range
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        Sep 17, 2018
    18. dan the mano
      dan the mano
      hi i want to go and try to make /smoke some hamburger jerky. i would like a good recipe please ,and what kind of temperatures to go for, i believe final internal temp is 165 . you see i make a lot of muscle jerky with no problem using my own recipe,i Have also tried this type of jerky before( hamburger type) with ... not good results ... ( turned out as glorified meat loaf) can you help me please
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        Sep 9, 2018
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    19. gphil
      gphil
      Al: Planning on curing a pork loin to make Pea Meal bacon and had a quick ?. The presets in the cure calculator(i.e. salt and sugar) are they the standard for curing pork belly or should I change them for the loin. And because it is a pork loin do I still have to cure it for 2wks. Thanks
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        No don't change them for the loin. They will work with any piece of meat. And yes cure it for 2 weeks.
        Al
        Aug 2, 2018
      2. gphil
        gphil
        Thanks
        Aug 7, 2018
    20. dannylang
      dannylang
      al was looking at your chicken forum you wrote and you said if anyone needs your chicken rub to contact you, so here I am, dannylang
      1. SmokinAl
        SmokinAl
        I'm so sorry that I didn't see this until now. I very rarely check my profile page, in the future just PM me & I will get right back to you. For chicken I just use EVOO & Montreal chicken seasoning.
        Al
        Aug 2, 2018
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    Birthday:
    Nov 19, 1945 (Age: 73)
    Location:
    Central Florida (Sebring)
    Occupation:
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