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First WSM 18"

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by walshs00, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. Finally upgraded to a WSM and am trying to figure out what to smoke first. It's still sitting in the box and will assemble tomorrow. I'm going to run one or two dry runs to season the smoker and burn off manufacturing junk. By then I won't have a lot of time for smoking. Looking for good ideas of a short smoke to test it out. Thanks.
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the upgrade to a WSM! Throw some bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs in that baby. All vents full open and let it run at 325-350F until the meat hits 165-170, about an hour. What time's dinner?
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    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I have the 18" WSM as well. I'm with noboundaries on this one. Chicken is a great way to break in a WSM. I would take the water pan out if you do chicken. It will help with the skin.
  4. I was thinking ribs but I have two people saying chicken. I'll have to try some chicken then. Any recommended methods? It's going to be in the mid 30's so it'll be a challenge to start off with.
  5. yankee2bbq

    yankee2bbq Master of the Pit

    When I first got my WSM I “seasoned” it one time using hickory wood/charcoal at high heat...350+. After that, my first smoke was a Boston butt. Very forgiving. I used a lot of wood mixed with the charcoal. Thus, I would focus on a short high burn break in, then start smoking.

    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Pop some thighs in a ziplock the night before with a brine solution. Do a search here for Slaughterhouse Brine. Next day rinse, and sprinkle a good rub on them. Do as noboundaries said and you will be good!
  7. Holly2015

    Holly2015 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Smoked oysters on the 1/2 shell with a dab of salsa and lime juice. Wait its December, go with chicken
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  8. Ok I'll head to wegmans to get some chicken in the early AM before smoking. I won't have time to brine like @5GRILLZNTN said but I'll definitely have time to put a rub on. Any recommendations? I have a number of rubs that i know i are good. Just use any?

    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Even a short brine of a couple of hours will help. Rub choice is going to be like $*%holes and elbows. Everybody has their favorite. Good luck, and make sure to post pics of your smoke.
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  10. @5GRILLZNTN I can do a short brine considering i'm going to be smoking the chemical crap off for a few hours anyway. I like your analogy. I'll post either saturday night or sunday. Depends on how many beers my smoker makes me drink. Probably sunday lol.

    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a good plan walsh, and my WSM has been responsible for a LOT of beer consumption! Can't wait to see how it turns out.
  12. motolife313

    motolife313 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Almost anything should be good in it. If u wanna play all day with it go for a Boston butt. They usually take 10-12 hours at 250
  13. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    I recommend for a brine just use buttermilk. a few hours in that and your chicken will come out juicy! for a rub i like something with herbs like an Italian seasoning or a Montreal chicken rub. those are great rub and you don't have to mix up something and spend 30 minutes with that. Cook until about 160 or so and then brush on a thin layer of sauce (whatever you like) and then finish until about 165-170 degrees and you will have awesome bbq chicken. i also recommend for chicken, apple or cherry wood chunks in that WSM!

    Happy Smoking,
    phatbac (Aaron)
  14. tropics

    tropics Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good Luck
  15. SmokinAl

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

    When you pick up the chicken, grab a bottle of Tony C's jalapeno butter injection marinade.
    It even comes with a throwaway injector. No need to brine, it will give you plenty of juiciness & flavor.
    It's killer on chicken!
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  16. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    There's no reason to season the WSM. Just give the grates a good washing. It's porcelain coated. Chicken is good, I would go with thighs instead of breasts(more forgiving). Congratulations, good luck and most of all ENJOY!!!!

  17. I’ll have to try the jalapeño butter marinade next time but I marinated for a few hours in buttermilk. Then patted dry and used suckle busters bbq rub. Smoked for about two hours and then put a little Stubbs bbq sauce on. Cooked five more minutes and came out awesome. Thanks everyone for your ideas.

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  18. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks like it came out really good.

    Point for sure.
  19. kelbro

    kelbro Meat Mopper

    Looks good. Longtime Stubbs fan here.
  20. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    X2 on Chicken and no reason to formally "season" any WSM as they are porcelain coated. The smoke from the first couple of runs will help to seal in any small gaps where the parts join. That is part of the "seasoning" process for a WSM. So don't panic if you see little wisps of smoke a places other than the top vent. It's not enough smoke or heat loss to matter and it will self correct over time. WSM's do tend to run hot at first due to the lack of that smoke seasoning coating on the interior of the body. The porcelain is apparently more reflective to heat until the smoke film builds up from use.