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    Competition cooking question

    I am thinking of entering my first competition locally in the summer, but wanted to start planning now.   My biggest questions is when doing brisket and Butt, do most competition teams finish cooking these early and then wrap and hold until turn in time?  If this is the case, how far in advance...
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    Dual UDS Design needed

    I came across two 55 gallon drums for just a few dollars and my thought is to have one be the firebox and the other on top as the cooker.  Here is my main issue,  I know nothing about welding nor do I know anyone that welds.  Can I accomplish this idea without welding?   I am also looking for...
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    Tuning Plates

    It is finally time to retire my old Char-Griller Smoker due to rust.  I am planning on buying another Char-griller or a Brinkman offset.   I know that tuning plates and a baffle are common modification ( I did not use them in my last smoker) and I would like to know what exactly I can use that...
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    Quick brisket cook

    I read Jeff's article about starting a brisket low and slow then finishing at high heat. I have a 5lb flat that I am cooking tomorrow and I have limited time before my party. I need and estimated total cook time. In the article, it was 7hrs for a 10lbs. Would it be safe to say 3.5 to 4 with...
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    How long for Chicken legs?

    I decided to drop the cupcake chicken and go with chicken legs instead.  I got up late and I really do not want to do the prep.  How long should I cook the legs for?  I was planning on cooking at 275-300 and possibly doing them lollipop style if I can get myself going.
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    Cupcake Chicken

    After reading about cupcake chicken, I want to make some for my son's birthday party.   Need advice on what temp and how long they should cook for?  Do i need to brine?  Any advice from those that have done this would be appreciated.
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    finishing sauce questioni

    the first over nighter went great.  put two butts on last night at 9pm and temps held all night with no refueling my weber.  I expect to pull and foil around 11am and place in cooler.  Having a family party and dinner is at 5pm.  I am hoping the meat will stay hot until 5while in the cooler...
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    I hate last minute smoking!!!

    Got the call yesterday from my sister that she wants pulled pork for family party friday afternoon.   I was going to cook 2 8lbs today, but I took the kids to the drive inn last night until 2 (Brave and Avengers, if you wanted to know.  Both really good).  I was planning on cooking today, but I...
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    Brisket Question

    I smoked a brisket a few weeks ago using my WSM instead of my usually UDS.   It turned out really good, but the only problem is that the rub was very moist when I went to slice it.  Most of it came off.  I did use the waterpan and filled it about half full.  Do I really need to have water in the...
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    Cooking Ribs

    When smoking ribs in the past, I use a full rack of spares and use the 3-2-1 method.  I have two slabs in the freezer that I am going to cook up this weekend.  I plan on preparing them St. Louis style so my question is, do I still do them 3-2-1 or modify it?  How much liquid is suggested to use...
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    Ups and downs of todays butt

    Started smoking my 8lb at 6am this morning on my 18" Weber SM.  First the Upside of the day: Used Humphrey Lump.  LOVE IT.  I bought a 20lb bag and used not even a 1/4 of it and it lasted 14 hours with some left over.  I have 6 bags of Kingsford that will never be used.  i bought into the big...
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    Help in preparing for first competition

    I would like to ask for some help from all who have competition experience.  I am entering my first contest in September, so I hope to get plenty of practice over the summer.  Some questions I have: 1.    What size brisket and butts should I be using? 2.    Should I plan on the brisket and...
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    Is this safe?

    I have a chargriller that I have not used in a while because I have been using my UDS and WSM.  The problem has been the ash pan in the firebox has large gaps and does not close flush.  It seems to get bigger each year.  I used to put foil in the gaps that still did not work.  I bought some high...
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    I am going to be entering my first competition in September and I want to start practicing.  Does anyone have a good rub recipe they that do not mind sharing?  I have a few of my own, but I want to experiment to get the best flavor.  Thanks.
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    Brine or Not

    It has been a while, but I am going to be smoking two 5 lb birds tomorrow.  I was planning on beer can method, but wanted opinions on if I should brine or if the beer will be enough to keep moist?
  16. funk

    Brisket Throwdown this weekend

    My brother in law loves my brisket, but thinks he can do better so he challenged me to a throwdown at the family party on Sunday.  Only problem is that I have so much going on this weekend that I am going to have to smoke it tomorrow and reheat for Sunday.  Not happy with this but nothing I can...
  17. funk

    problem with my ribs

    picked up two slabs of spare ribs at walmart and I tried to get the membrane off, but could not do it.  This is the first time this has happened to me.  I usually use a fork at one end to loosen it up and take a papertowel to grab the membrane and it usually comes off nice and easy.  I ended up...
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    Stacking ribs in Smoker?

    I want to have a SuperBowl part and cook a bunch of ribs on my UDS.   Not sure if this will work, but my idea is to stagger the ribs on top of each other.  I was going to lay 3 ribs down and lay three on top, going the opposite way, and so on.  Do you think they will cook evenly?  I would think...
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    Something other than Maverick

    It there a better thermometer than the Maverick?  I have one and the range is terrible, and I know others have experienced it.  It is useless to me because of where my smoker is and where I keep the remote unit.  It is only about 30-35 ft away in the kitchen, but has a couple of walls and it...
  20. funk

    Finally complete my first UDS

    Well after a few weeks I completed my first UDS.  I am hopefully going to get some pictures posted.  What an experience.  First I burned it out twice, then sanded it down, then took some steel wool to it, then bought a black and decker steel brush for the drill and did the whole inside.  Some...
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