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Brisket & Butts & Chicken & Ribs... Oh My!!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hillbillyrkstr, May 21, 2018.

  1. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Alright we had a nice weekend long smoke at Wonder Dog Ranch this past weekend. We have something called dinner club where 7 couples take turns month to month hosting dinner. And the host of the month can invite whoever else they want so we ended up with 10 couples, and maybe a dozen kids. Lot to cook for!

    We smoked and grilled all the good stuff. Brisket, chicken, ribs, and pulled pork. Smoked some beans as well. The wife made kraut salad, coleslaw, bean salad, and a bunch of other stuff was brought by guests.

    Started the smoke at midnight on Friday. Had my older model mes 40 take a dump on me right after it came up to temp. Gonna have to take a look at the heating element....

    That changed all my plans as I was smoking six 8 plus pound butts, and 15 pound packer, 6 slabs of ribs, and chicken parts.

    I smoked my packer on the old char grilled until 4am. Gave it a good Smokey flavor and not a bad ring. Then I transferred that in with 4 of the butts to the newer mes 40.

    Originally I planned to do all 6 butts on the older mes 40, and the ribs & brisket on the newer 40 (brisket after the first 4 hour smoke on the chargriller). Was gonna do the chicken on the wsm. But with only one 40 now plans changed....

    Ended up filling the wsm full of 6 slabs of ribs. Had to go out and buy a rack Saturday morning as I haven’t used mine in forever and couldn’t find it.

    Chicken was done on the weber genesis cause I was out of smoker room. And the last two butts were put on Saturday as the party was winding down around 1-2am. Smoked them until Sunday night.

    Think that covers most of it. Except I made the dinner club plans on our 20th anniversary.... yeah I’m that guy. She mentioned it to everyone at the party.

    15 # prime packer brisket.

    Chargriller smoking that brisket after midnight. Thanks to my buddy dan who said he was along for the ride all night if I needed him and then fell asleep on the barn couch at 1am until 6 am the next morning. Couldn’t have done it with out your help Danimal!

    4 butts & the packer on the newer mes with the amazn tray & hickory pellets.

    Looking nice the next day! Black! No Texas crutch, no mopping or basting. Straight smoke on briskets and butts for me. Worth the extra time for the bark imho.

    Looking like a black rock!

    Another view of the brisket.

    Flat sliced up. Nice ring from the griller.

    Makers Mark French oak staves. These staves are put in the Makers 46 casks and aged with the bourbon to add the flavor that makes Makers 46. All those years in bourbon.... bought them years ago to smoke with.

    All cut up and ready to smoke some chicken.

    Wsm ready to roll with the makers staves in the charcoal.

    Wsm rolling with 6 slabs of ribs.

    Wrapped the ribs for an hour and a half and put in the oven since I was out of mes room. Then finished on the grill with sauce on half of them.

    All cut up and ready to eat!

    Shot of the table at some point.

    My wife’s bourbon beans! Makers in them as well!

    Some grilled chicken.

    More grilled chicken & squash & zucchini.

    Well that’s about it! It was a heck of a night! Dogs ran around with the kids and caught frogs in the pond, and the adults enjoyed dinner club and some drinks.

    Thanks for looking!


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  2. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Forgot ribs seasoned shot.

    Forgot pulled pork shot.
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  3. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There's a whole lotta smokin going on. and all looks great. Nice job HBS. Sounds like a wonderful day with good food and friends.

    Point for sure.

  4. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Appreciate it chris. It was a pretty good weekend.

  5. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member


    The pork butts all torn up and vacusealed for a event coming up I have to make lunch for. About 27 pounds left from the original 6 butts I smoked.
  6. tropics

    tropics Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Scott you knocked that one out of the park,grandslam of smoking. POINTS
  7. RiversideSm0ker

    RiversideSm0ker Master of the Pit

    Amazing cook there Scott. I am pretty sure you just proved you are a pitmaster. Looks so good.

  8. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Holy cow Scott, what an adventure!
    Everything looks fantastic!
    Very nicely done & congrats on making the carousel!!
  9. Geebs

    Geebs Smoking Fanatic

    Wow man! Major points, thats a lot of delicious looking food!
  10. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Smoking Fanatic

    Damn that's a lot of good looking food! You been knocking it out of the park lately I think all of your smokes end up on the carousel!

    Any tips on keeping that brisket nice and juicy? I got a couple packers(10 and 13 pounds) in my fridge right now I picked up on sale this past weekend and thinking about doing them in my MES40.
  11. weev

    weev Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Holy Cow everything turned out awesome it all looks great!

    On your vac bags did you do a double seal or does the machine automatically do it
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  12. browneyesvictim

    browneyesvictim Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Wow! You don't mess around!
  13. dcecil

    dcecil Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That sir was a nice cook. Cannot wait to have the time and the experience to be able to do that.
  14. Smoke23

    Smoke23 Smoking Fanatic

    Great job on everything!
    I don’t think I could have handled all that... even if I had the equipment to do it.

    Congratulations on making the carousel!
  15. That’s the real deal!!!! Nice looking spread
  16. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks Richie! It was a lot going on that’s for sure! Family & friends ate well.

  17. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Appreciate it George! It was a lot of fun for about 24 hours straight! Few hours of sleep in between.

  18. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks al!

    And thanks again for all the advice on using the wsm! Wasn’t my plan to do 6 slabs of ribs on the wsm with only one smoke under my belt... had no choice when the mes stopped working!

  19. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks geebs! Everything turned out pretty good! Was worried about the ribs but that wsm produces great bbq!

  20. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Vols I sent you a PM.