First Smoke of the Season

Discussion in 'Pork' started by meowey, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Howdy Folks,

    Meowey here with my first smoke of the season. The winter here has been way too long. I'm smoking 4 butts today to feed about 60 folks next Saturday. I ordered 4 butts through my friend Chef Cathy to get the wholesale price. They arrived yesterday, and I picked them up. When I got them home I weighed and rubbed them. One is 6-14, the second is 9-5, the third is 9-9, and the fourth is 11-1. I would like to have seen the pig that the big one came from. I am smoking with Royal Oak briquettes, hickory chunks, and my favorite spray, a 3-1 mix of Apple Juice and Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum. The smoker has settled in at around 240°F.

    Rubbed and waiting!
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    Supplies

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    Hour 1 - Notice the snow behind the smoker!

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    I am planning to smoke to 165°F internal, foil, and finish in a 235°F oven, wrap in towels, rest for 1-2 hours, pull and put in foodsaver bags, freeze, and reheat next Saturday.

    Will post more q-view as the day progresses.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  2. Nothing like starting the season with a homerun. Keep us posted.
     
  3. newb

    newb Smoke Blower

    looking good.
     
  4. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You mean yer not gonna eat it all? LOL! You GO Meowey!
     
  5. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks like a full load. Hope the winds die down for ya.[​IMG]
     
  6. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sounds like your gonna be plenty busy. Lookin good!
     
  7. Looks great meowy, feels good to be smokin again doesnt it. [​IMG]
     
  8. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here is the hour 3 Q-View!

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    No wind to speak of today - outdoor temp is up to a balmy 45°F.

    More later!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  9. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    Glad you emerged from hibernation!

    Nothing like a full smoker.

    Looks great.
     
  10. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So how does it feel to do your first smoke of the season? That is alot meat. Looking forward to the progress and end results.
    Andy.
     
  11. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Lookin good that sure is funny looking white sand beach in the back ground [​IMG]
     
  12. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    sounds good, looks good, cant wait to see the end product.
     
  13. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks great-gonna be alot oh happy mouths next we.
     
  14. newb

    newb Smoke Blower

    Those look really really good.
     
  15. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here is some more q-view!

    It's great to have the smoker running again. It's been since before Thanksgiving. You gotta love the white "sand" behind the smoker. That s#!t will be there for another 3-4 weeks because it does not get much sun.

    Hour 4 1/2

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    Fresh Baked Potato Rolls

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    Hour 6

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    Hope you all are having a nice smoky day. Those of you experiencing bad weather or flooding, our thoughts are with you.

    More later!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  16. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey nice buns Meowey ;{)
     
  17. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Them rolls look great [​IMG] the Q looks good but yummmm fresh rolls
     
  18. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am looking forward to doing some quality control taste testing this evening. The boss was mystified when I said I was going to boil one potato last evening. When I explained that there would be fresh potato rolls to sample the pulled pork with, she understood perfectly.

    Hour 7 1/2

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    More later!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  19. prov1

    prov1 Smoke Blower

    Looking good![​IMG] I am smoking a single butt today for the father-in-law's birthday party tomorrow....

    Do you add anything to your pork when you reheat it to retain the moisture? I have been curious on how good everything is after freezing and reheating??

    ProV1
     
  20. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I try to get the juices from the foil into the foodsaver bags with the pork. I will also add a little finishing sauce when I re-heat.

    Hope this helps!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     

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