First Smoke on our new reverse flow smoker!

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Brokenhandle

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Well it's been a long time in coming, but finally getting around to posting our first smoke on our new smoker that Joel, seenred seenred built! A big thank you to him! My wife was of the opinion that I had enough smokers... until she saw it... think she's gonna love it as much as me. And by the way, think I'm gonna call it Rodney... just look at Red's avatar and you'll understand. My wife had been wanting to smoke some beef ribs and I found chuck roasts on sale so why not.

Now our weather wasn't gonna be cooperative, had a fair amount of rain on Friday morning, the day after it was delivered and they were talking more possibly in the afternoon. Turning cold and snow, temps in the teens Saturday so we built a temporary shelter

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Thankfully it didn't rain anymore but it did lead to a late start. Getting it started and warmed up.

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Watch that board to the left... nailed it with the top of my head! Didn't help later on that evening while working under the corn head of the combine, hit my head again... Ouch! That's not quite what I said!
Had the chuck roast and ribs seasoned up, waiting for smoker temp to get to temp.

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Nice feet!
Meat going on...

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Added some chicken a bit later... turned into chicken salad

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Getting some nice color about 3 hours in

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Pulled them off the smoker after about 5 1/2 hours. It was 8 pm and wanted time for the smoker to cool down so we could put it inside for the night... meat went into the oven to finish and we went to the shop to work on corn head.

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The first nights supper was the beef ribs, scalloped potatoes, and homemade crescent rolls my wife made

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I've heard something about a close up pic... look at that smoke ring!

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And those crescent rolls...

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Pure deliciousness!

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The second night's supper was the chuck roast. Someone has been snacking!

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And yes, we used a fork... even if it does look like a big mouthful!
And another beautiful smoke ring

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And a finish pic, chuck roast, mashed taters and gravy, and some of our sweet corn.

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Now some of you complain about a messy pic... but around here there's only one way to eat this... make a mess and mix it together!

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MMMMmmmmm!

So thanks for looking! Gonna take a little learning curve for fire management... but did pretty good for a couple newbies!
And again a huge thanks to Joel! He built a beautiful smoker and it was great to meet another member... even for a short bit. Apparently he didn't want to stick around for our weekend weather that was coming... the snow and temps in the teens with wind. But he is a traveling machine... he left about 6:15 am from near Tulsa Oklahoma, got to our house about 500 miles later and we unloaded it and visited for a short bit. Then he was off again. Found out he made it back to Saint Joe Missouri that night... about 10:30 that night and 285 miles later!

Ryan
 
Oh man a couple of gorgeous cooks on that gorgeous cooker. And I want to thank you for taking it off his hands...I was looking at my budget and figuring the amount of OT I'd have to work to get it!!! :emoji_laughing: :emoji_wink:
And that porch.....Man I'd could spend hours out there!

Jim
 
There you go Ryan, Great cook and story to follow along .

Love the smoke ring on both, and you did Joel proud on the first smoke .

I could sit to either one , or both if you please.

That is how I do my corn most times also. On top of my mashed then either lots of butter or a bucket of gravy.

And the close up , heaven.

David

ps: watch your head, I notice I bump/hit mine all the time and with no hair as a buffer , I say some pretty colorful words also.

David
 
Oh man a couple of gorgeous cooks on that gorgeous cooker. And I want to thank you for taking it off his hands...I was looking at my budget and figuring the amount of OT I'd have to work to get it!!! :emoji_laughing: :emoji_wink:
And that porch.....Man I'd could spend hours out there!

Jim
Thank you Jim! It was a fun cook for sure! I'm sure you can talk to Joel about building you one! We really like the porch... when the wind isn't blowing so terrible hard. Plus we can sit and listen to the pheasants when it's nice of course.

Ryan
 
There you go Ryan, Great cook and story to follow along .

Love the smoke ring on both, and you did Joel proud on the first smoke .

I could sit to either one , or both if you please.

That is how I do my corn most times also. On top of my mashed then either lots of butter or a bucket of gravy.

And the close up , heaven.

David

ps: watch your head, I notice I bump/hit mine all the time and with no hair as a buffer , I say some pretty colorful words also.

David
Thank you David, I appreciate it! Wife and I really enjoyed that cook! I was long overdue to post something... just been too busy trying to get outside jobs done before winter comes and stays. One goose egg would have been plenty but definitely didn't need that second one.

Ryan
 
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Looks like a great smoker! Nice job on the MacGyver smoker cover.
Thank you, I appreciate it! Thankful we didn't need it... earlier that day we had thunderstorms go through and streaks of lightning. Two inches of snow that Saturday.

Ryan
 
Be careful you don't go for a bakers dozen on them.

And speaking of Baking, meant to say , love the crescent rolls. I could also fill up on just those . Nicely dipped in the gravy also.

David
My dad's eyes sure lit up when I brought him a plateful of the rolls!

Ryan
 
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awesome first time cook with I'm sure many more to follow.

Warren
Thank you Warren! It's greatly appreciated!

And I forgot to add since we don't have any grandkids we do have some granddogs.
Our son and his g/f just recently got a new puppy. Her name is Stella, she's a miniature schnauzer. On the other side of size spectrum than our daughter's Great Dane.

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Ryan
 
Man I've been busy and haven't eaten yet today. Those pics are KILLING me lol. Seriously looks so good and two of my favorite things with chuck and beef ribs. Smoker is beautiful too.
 
Well it's been a long time in coming, but finally getting around to posting our first smoke on our new smoker that Joel, seenred seenred built! A big thank you to him! My wife was of the opinion that I had enough smokers... until she saw it... think she's gonna love it as much as me. And by the way, think I'm gonna call it Rodney... just look at Red's avatar and you'll understand. My wife had been wanting to smoke some beef ribs and I found chuck roasts on sale so why not.

Now our weather wasn't gonna be cooperative, had a fair amount of rain on Friday morning, the day after it was delivered and they were talking more possibly in the afternoon. Turning cold and snow, temps in the teens Saturday so we built a temporary shelter

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Thankfully it didn't rain anymore but it did lead to a late start. Getting it started and warmed up.

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Watch that board to the left... nailed it with the top of my head! Didn't help later on that evening while working under the corn head of the combine, hit my head again... Ouch! That's not quite what I said!
Had the chuck roast and ribs seasoned up, waiting for smoker temp to get to temp.

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Nice feet!
Meat going on...

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Added some chicken a bit later... turned into chicken salad

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Getting some nice color about 3 hours in

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Pulled them off the smoker after about 5 1/2 hours. It was 8 pm and wanted time for the smoker to cool down so we could put it inside for the night... meat went into the oven to finish and we went to the shop to work on corn head.

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The first nights supper was the beef ribs, scalloped potatoes, and homemade crescent rolls my wife made

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I've heard something about a close up pic... look at that smoke ring!

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And those crescent rolls...

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Pure deliciousness!

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The second night's supper was the chuck roast. Someone has been snacking!

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And yes, we used a fork... even if it does look like a big mouthful!
And another beautiful smoke ring

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And a finish pic, chuck roast, mashed taters and gravy, and some of our sweet corn.

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Now some of you complain about a messy pic... but around here there's only one way to eat this... make a mess and mix it together!

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MMMMmmmmm!

So thanks for looking! Gonna take a little learning curve for fire management... but did pretty good for a couple newbies!
And again a huge thanks to Joel! He built a beautiful smoker and it was great to meet another member... even for a short bit. Apparently he didn't want to stick around for our weekend weather that was coming... the snow and temps in the teens with wind. But he is a traveling machine... he left about 6:15 am from near Tulsa Oklahoma, got to our house about 500 miles later and we unloaded it and visited for a short bit. Then he was off again. Found out he made it back to Saint Joe Missouri that night... about 10:30 that night and 285 miles later!

Ryan
whoa there. did the new appliance good..... wish i lived where i could get wood. just sold my reverse flow because (mostly) of that. forks up!
 
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Well it's been a long time in coming, but finally getting around to posting our first smoke on our new smoker that Joel, seenred seenred built! A big thank you to him! My wife was of the opinion that I had enough smokers... until she saw it... think she's gonna love it as much as me. And by the way, think I'm gonna call it Rodney... just look at Red's avatar and you'll understand. My wife had been wanting to smoke some beef ribs and I found chuck roasts on sale so why not.

Now our weather wasn't gonna be cooperative, had a fair amount of rain on Friday morning, the day after it was delivered and they were talking more possibly in the afternoon. Turning cold and snow, temps in the teens Saturday so we built a temporary shelter

View attachment 681118

Thankfully it didn't rain anymore but it did lead to a late start. Getting it started and warmed up.

View attachment 681119

Watch that board to the left... nailed it with the top of my head! Didn't help later on that evening while working under the corn head of the combine, hit my head again... Ouch! That's not quite what I said!
Had the chuck roast and ribs seasoned up, waiting for smoker temp to get to temp.

View attachment 681120

Nice feet!
Meat going on...

View attachment 681121

Added some chicken a bit later... turned into chicken salad

View attachment 681122

Getting some nice color about 3 hours in

View attachment 681123

Pulled them off the smoker after about 5 1/2 hours. It was 8 pm and wanted time for the smoker to cool down so we could put it inside for the night... meat went into the oven to finish and we went to the shop to work on corn head.

View attachment 681126

The first nights supper was the beef ribs, scalloped potatoes, and homemade crescent rolls my wife made

View attachment 681127

I've heard something about a close up pic... look at that smoke ring!

View attachment 681128

And those crescent rolls...

View attachment 681129

Pure deliciousness!

View attachment 681130

The second night's supper was the chuck roast. Someone has been snacking!

View attachment 681131

And yes, we used a fork... even if it does look like a big mouthful!
And another beautiful smoke ring

View attachment 681132


And a finish pic, chuck roast, mashed taters and gravy, and some of our sweet corn.

View attachment 681133

Now some of you complain about a messy pic... but around here there's only one way to eat this... make a mess and mix it together!

View attachment 681135

MMMMmmmmm!

So thanks for looking! Gonna take a little learning curve for fire management... but did pretty good for a couple newbies!
And again a huge thanks to Joel! He built a beautiful smoker and it was great to meet another member... even for a short bit. Apparently he didn't want to stick around for our weekend weather that was coming... the snow and temps in the teens with wind. But he is a traveling machine... he left about 6:15 am from near Tulsa Oklahoma, got to our house about 500 miles later and we unloaded it and visited for a short bit. Then he was off again. Found out he made it back to Saint Joe Missouri that night... about 10:30 that night and 285 miles later!

Ryan

Man that meat - and all the fixins that went with it - look terrific Ryan! Those beef ribs are ridiculous!! :emoji_thumbsup: 🤤 Makes me want to take another Iowa road trip for a helping of those ribs!! :emoji_wink::emoji_sunglasses:

I can't tell y'all how happy I am to see Ryan enjoying that pit! It's like being a proud father watching his baby take their first steps lol!!

I sincerely hope you get many years of great use out of it Ryan...

Red
 
Oh man a couple of gorgeous cooks on that gorgeous cooker. And I want to thank you for taking it off his hands...I was looking at my budget and figuring the amount of OT I'd have to work to get it!!! :emoji_laughing: :emoji_wink:


Jim

Hey I'm looking for a new project Jim! Might as well be a custom-built JLeonard special. Just sayin'.....

:emoji_laughing::emoji_wink:

Red
 
Ryan that is a pretty epic way to break in a new smoker! Very nice, That chuck.....yum!
Thanks a bunch! Turned out really well for being a newbie with this smoker. I might get demoted... I didn't take any fire pics!

Ryan
 
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Man I've been busy and haven't eaten yet today. Those pics are KILLING me lol. Seriously looks so good and two of my favorite things with chuck and beef ribs. Smoker is beautiful too.
Thank you Jeff! Joel did an awesome job building it! Glad I could return the favor of making you a bit more hungry... your pics have done that to me many times!

Ryan
 
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