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  1. bennyshaik

    Mailbox Mod, AMNPS still going out. Ideas?

    I felt the need for some cold smoking this winter so it was time to do the mailbox mod on my MES. My first run a few weeks ago (salmon) had my AMNPS consistently not making it through the first row. This was OK because the salmon only needed 3-4 hours of smoke, but I had to relight the AMNPS two...
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    Just got MES 30 2.5 gen (I think). Where do I put my AMPS?

    I just picked up a MES 30 on sale at Lowes for $169 and best I can tell, it's a 2.5 gen. Seasoned it and my first try with a whole chicken is just wrapping up now so we'll see how it goes. I have noticed that in my 3 hour smoke I've had to load up wood chips like once per hour. This just isn't...
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    Gobble Gobble...Temperature in the UDS for Thanksgiving

    Hey guys, Just posted in another thread about my turkey preparations (and you can see the awesome results over in the Poultry section). I had some questions relating to temperature in my UDS that I hope you can help with. I am smoking a 14lb bird for Thanksgiving. My family is large and my...
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    I have been delegated to make one of our Thanksgiving turkeys this year, and since I've never done one before I figured I should practice. I picked up a 14lb bird and threw it in a brine on Saturday morning. I know I'm not allowed to link to another site, but it was the Huffington Post "Ultimate...
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    Maple Bacon??

    This weekend is going to involve smoking some bacon. I've got ~10lbs that's been sitting in Pop's Brine (modified with a little less sugar and some pepper) for the last 2 weeks and I'm going to pull it out to dry tonight. The cuts are split into 3-5 pieces so I'd like to do some experimenting...
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    It's pork time!

    Alright, here goes Round 2. Just loaded up two ~9lb Boston Butts for what will be a late dinner tonight. One's got a sweet and spicy rub that's been sitting since last night, the other just has salt and pepper. I did chicken halves last week and my roommate suggested next time trying some...
  7. bennyshaik

    After 5 months, here she is!

    Alright, first off thanks to you all for your help through the process. The big hold up since I was last here was waiting for a buddy to get to the welding bit on the fire box. It ended up done, but for a number of reasons it took several months to get it back. At the end of the day, not having...
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    My First Bacon!

    In celebration of International Bacon Day (not really, it just worked out that way) here's some photos of my first foray into bacon. Pork belly 15 days ago. Pop's brine with a bag to weigh it down. Saturday night, pulling it out of the brine. Did a test fry and it tasted like ham. Was...
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    Buying good quality cured meats online

    Hey guys, Asking for a friend whose Brother in Law has gotten really into cured meats after a trip or two to Europe. He's wondering if there's anywhere online where one could purchase some delicious cured meat as a gift. Lots of Google results, no idea on quality. I told him I'd ask y'all. I...
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    Cheese, Eggs, Butter, Lox with an AMPS

    So I've been waiting on my buddy to get around to welding the fire box for my UDS. It's completely finished except that part, and I couldn't wait anymore. I decided to try out my AMPS in my Weber Grill since temps have been un-seasonally cool this week. I loaded up on some cheese at BJs, hard...
  11. bennyshaik

    New to SMF, building a UDS

    Hello everyone, I've been lurking for a few months here and elsewhere reading and planning my build. I move Friday out of a condo into a house where I can finally smoke to my heart's delight. I just picked up a 55gal drum and I'll be building my Ugly Drum Smoker within the next few weeks. I...
  12. bennyshaik

    First Build...Not sure if my drum is really unlined

    Hello, This is my first time posting, but I've been lurking around planning my build for a few months. I'm planning on making a bare-bones UDS, leaving options to add cool chimneys later on. I picked up my 55gal drum this evening from a Craigslist post for $20. The guy assured me it was...
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