Birthday Smoke with a "Dudestrami"! Tons of qview and a running account.

Discussion in 'Beef' started by the dude abides, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So today I did it again. I said no to going golfing because I decided to stay home and smoke. Today is my 41st birthday so I figured I'd make this a day with some stuff I'd never tried before.

    The first is SPAM (I'm not even sure what category to post that one in) which I don't even like all that well, but figured I'd better just to say I'd done it. Second are Country Style Ribs (done plenty of other ribs, just not Country Style) and a can in the butt chicken. I'm also doing what oneshot has deemed "Dudestrami". Yep another CBB.

    I'll do the "Dudestrami" and the SPAM in this thread and do the others in their appropriate rooms.

    Here we go...

    An almost 4lb CBB

    there's virtually no fat on this one. I set it off to soak for about 6 hours with one water change at the 4 hour mark

    all rinsed off and patted dry. This one has grain moving in all different directions.

    Using the basic Dudestrami rub of EVOO, Pickling Spice and Old Bay. And just to do something a little different...I also added minced garlic a bunch of ground black pepper.

    drizzled with EVOO. One this shot you can see there's little fat and the swirly grain.

    here she is all rubbed down and ready to head off to bed for the night.

    this is going on the borrowed (now considered stolen) WSM from my dad. Doing the minion method using Kingsford Charwood Lump charcoal, and cherry chunks. I've also got a bunch of apple chips that will probably get mixed in later today.

    The water pan is equal parts beer, apple juice and water.

    Didn't take any picts of the SPAM but basically I just did the crosshatch cut that I see everyone else doing. I'll sprinkle a little rub on at the one hour mark which is coming right up.

    I got a bit of a late start. The SPAM and the corned beef went on at 11:30. It's almost 12:30. So I'm going to spritz the corned beef, dust the SPAM with rub and start prepping the chicken.

    Here's a shot at 11:30 when I first put it on

    holding steady at 230*...

    ...I'll be back shortly.
  2. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That didn't take long...
    Here's a couple of updated picts of the SPAM and the CBB
    temp just spiked to 250*. Likely because I had the lid open. Gonna go shut down the vents for a couple of minutes. They're only about 1/3 open now.
  3. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking great so far Dude, Happy Birthday man!
    Dudestrami, I like that.
    Not a fan of spam either but almost grabbed a can of turkey spam the other day, but alas I did not.
    Dude you are definitely NOT out of your element.
  4. dexter

    dexter Smoke Blower

    Looking great!!!!! Happy Birthday, and have an awesome smoke !!
  5. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Buddy.

    The SPAM just came off as I was dropping the chicken on the smoker. Oh man. Epic FAIL on the chicken. Going to go create that thread in a few minutes. You'll have to go over there and look in a bit.

    The SPAM was well...SPAM. I thought it tasted like a greasy hot dog with spice (from the rub) and a bit of a bite with the smoke creating a bit of a "skin" on it. I had a few pieces. The wife said it was disgusting, but she was raised on SPAM and can't even stand the word. My 17 year old shrugged his shoulders, had one piece and walked away. He wasn't impressed.

    My 9 year old said "Wow that's good. It tastes just like ham!" And my 10 year old loved it. That's her below.

    Be back later with updates on the pastrami, errrr Dudestrami. Thanks oneshot. Love that name.
  6. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Happy Birthday Dude.
  7. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    thanks dexter.
  8. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Happy Birthday Dude!! Fourtee-wun.....a great age to be. Old enough to do whatever you want and young enough to still enjoy it. Congratulations. Your 40's are a great decade!

    Looking forward to more of your birthday smokes. As far as SPAM is concerned you either like it or don't. Try using a nice BBQ sauce on it next'll run down between the crosshatch cuts, and as it glazes over when it cooks it makes what my kids call "riblets". You just pluck them off and they are boneless little ribs of goodness.

    I have GOT to try making "dudestrami"! You are the pastrami makin' king of the site, and have got me wanting to try it. This weekend a Sam's opened up and I stopped by this morning. What a madhouse! BUT~ I did check out their CBB and packer-cut prices. The CBB packets were priced right, but the full packers were the same as my grocery store. They did have entire Angus loins for 4.99/LB! If I had brought some money or my checkbook I would have bought one.

    Anyway, have a great day and we all appreciate your posts.

    Happy birthday to youuuuu......Happy birthday to youuuuuuu........ [​IMG]
  9. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice smoke Dude...Happy B-day...Pass me a Miller Lite...
  10. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDE!!!!! 41?????? Hahahahahahaaaa, now the time starts flyin!!!!! Next week yer gonna be 50!!!!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    I used Black Peppercorn on my Dudestrami and yer gonna love the extra added kick/flavor it adds.[​IMG]

    And if anyone can save that chicken, you can. Keep the faith brother from another mother.....lmao
  11. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Happy Birthday Dude! I'm paying much more attention to that Dudestami you're working on. [​IMG] Looking forward to the final Qview.

    Though I like Spam fried to a crisp, I tried smoking it a while back, and didn't like it at all.
  12. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thank you for the b-day wishes everyone. Much appreciated.

    Just a quick update. Foiled the pastrami at 4:30 Central time at 166*. Temps in the smoker holding steady at 235*. Foiled it and added some apple juice. Will pull it off at 195* and foil for a couple of hours. Here's a quick pic I snapped as I was getting to foil.


    the other foil pack is the CSRs. I forgot to take a pict of those before foiling.

    I'll be back after the rest period when I slice.

    Thanks again.
  13. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything look fabulous to me dude. Happy Birthday
  14. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looking good B-Boy!!!! Waitin for the final pics....[​IMG]
  15. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    [​IMG] Happy birthday!!! [​IMG]
    Love the dudestrami. I HATE SPAM!!! you can't cook it where i would eat it much less like it. Same reason as you better half , Spam overload when i was coming up.
  16. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    happy b-day dude, no better way to spend than firing up a smoker.

    spam looked good, the one I did a few weeks ago surpirsed me. I liked it.

    nice lookin array of food. [​IMG]
  17. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking Q so far, Waiting on final pics.

    41 yrs old, you are just a spring chicken.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  18. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone for the great birthday wishes. I appreciate the thoughts. Here's a quick recap and some final picts.

    11:30am - Put the CBB on cold right from the fridge. Day of firsts remember.
    4:30pm - Foiled at 167* added straight apple juice
    6:00pm - pulled and put into cooler at 198*

    Let it rest for 1.5 hours while we had dinner. LOL yes this is mostly for me. I'll eat lunches off of this for a while. Which was my plan from the beginning.

    Here it is as I took it out of the cooler

    I started to slice and it seemed tough. I sampled it and it wasn't at all. this thing had grain running all kinds of directions.

    This SOB just didn't want to slice. But it shredded by just pushing the flat of my carving knife down on it. So while I've never really had a pulled reuben before, I'll guess that's what I'll be having.

    All bagged up and off to the freezer.

    The flavor was fine. It was just as I expected. Just wouldn't slice for anything. Never had one act like this. Oh well, I'm not disappointed.

    Thanks for checking out my post everyone. Have a great weekend.
  19. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Good yob mun!!!! Now we got a new style meat.....
    Pulled Dudestrami....lmao[​IMG][​IMG]

    How'd ya like the peppercorn flavor?????
  20. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looked great to me Dude, wish I still had some in the freezer.
    You can make a great pastrami hash out of the pulled bits and it is unbelievable.

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