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Epic Fail!!!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by johnbphotos, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. johnbphotos

    johnbphotos Fire Starter

    After three hours of smoking I noticed that something wasn't right.

    Come to find out my "OEM" temp gage was not working properly. (I won't mention Kingsford's name).

    One burnt Point, rush to the 24hr superstore and the purchase of two digital thermometers later, I hope to recover from this disaster.

    The flat looks ok, but burnt on one side, the pork butt apparently had no idea what was going on, it looks fine.

    I hate being a Rookie!!!
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ah, another smoke goes awry due to the stock thermo.

    You're not alone...I think we've all done it, too. Even with calibrated add-on and/or factory therms, I still like to do comparison checks very month or so, and any time I think a thermo may have been subjected to a condition which may cause an inaccurate reading (dropped/bumped, exposed to high heat, etc).

    Keep on smokin', 'cause any day I spend with a smoker is a better day than if it were spent doing most other things. Yea, I'm a die-hard for a good smoke.

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  3. johnbphotos

    johnbphotos Fire Starter


    Thanks for letting me know that I'm not alone on this one lol

    Other than the burnt side on the flat I think I'll be ok.

    I'll feed the chard point to the neighbors dog LOL

    (it's wrapped in foil now (did it @150) in hopes of even the slightest bit of recovery)

    Can I cut off the char and throw a bit of rub on the exposed side or should I just chalk this up to experience?
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yea, I think I would cut it off ASAP, especially with foiling, or the charring will end up going into the foiled juices...that will make for some nasty flavor, and it also will carry carcinogens from the blackened meat.

    If you already foiled it up, I'd go ahead and re-open it, toss it onto a board and carve off the charred sections...it will add some cooking time to get it to finished temps being you remove it from the heat for a few minutes longer, but that's better than the alternative, IMO.

    Last edited: Oct 10, 2010
  5. johnbphotos

    johnbphotos Fire Starter

    Awesome. Thanks Eric. On my way to "de-char" lol
  6. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    LMAO....dang pig, they can take a beating and still not know what hit them.  hehehe

    Sounds like you've made a good recovery.  As forluvofsmoke said, you'll want to calibrate your thermo's once in awhile to ensure accuracy.  
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Yes indeedie we have all been there done that got the shirt. Now thats how I learned to grill when I was growing up. The only wayI had to cook was a cheapO coleman grill and I ate allot of black food. Believe me if you had to eat it you tend to learn how not to burn things. We all here tell every newbie do not believe in those factory thermos for they are just for looks I think.  
  8. johnbphotos

    johnbphotos Fire Starter


    You guys are great.

    I think I was able to salvage the point.

    Thanks again for all your input otherwise I would be eating, as Mballi states, more "black food".

    "Crunchy" should be left to breakfast cereal and celery LOL