New Pit Day! 24 x48 Big Phil's Blue Smoke Smoker

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kevin james

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Well, today was the day I've been waiting six months for! Today I took delivery of my 24x48 Blue Smoke Smoker from Big Phil's.

I was really worried I was going to have problems getting this thing in to my back yard, and it had to come through my house to get it where it needed to go. But, the delivery guy helped me get it done and it actually wasn't bad at all.

First impression... this thing is built like a tank! I went a little overboard on it and got just about every add on you could get, but I'm glad I did, as I've made the mistake in the past of cheaping out and then wishing I hadn't.

This one has an upper grate, and extra guage, a probe port, a folding stack, a stack damper, a flat top on the firebox, a baffle in the cook chamber like the Mill Scale and Franklin smoker's... except this one is removable, and it has a T bar pull handle mounted to the bottom of the barrel under the collector.

I didn't arrive until about 6PM, so I did the burn in, but after that it was too late to cook anything. I'm doing the first cook tomorrow morning. Planning to wake up early and get it fired up, and first thing will be a biscuit test... then I have a brisket, a slab of full pork spare ribs, a boneless turkey breast, and a whole chicken going on. We'll see how it goes!

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Well, today was the day I've been waiting six months for! Today I took delivery of my 24x48 Blue Smoke Smoker from Big Phil's.

I was really worried I was going to have problems getting this thing in to my back yard, and it had to come through my house to get it where it needed to go. But, the delivery guy helped me get it done and it actually wasn't bad at all.

First impression... this thing is built like a tank! I went a little overboard on it and got just about every add on you could get, but I'm glad I did, as I've made the mistake in the past of cheaping out and then wishing I hadn't.

This one has an upper grate, and extra guage, a probe port, a folding stack, a stack damper, a flat top on the firebox, a baffle in the cook chamber like the Mill Scale and Franklin smoker's... except this one is removable, and it has a T bar pull handle mounted to the bottom of the barrel under the collector.

I didn't arrive until about 6PM, so I did the burn in, but after that it was too late to cook anything. I'm doing the first cook tomorrow morning. Planning to wake up early and get it fired up, and first thing will be a biscuit test... then I have a brisket, a slab of full pork spare ribs, a boneless turkey breast, and a whole chicken going on. We'll see how it goes!

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That is one beautiful cooker. Love that extra thick stack. Congratulations!
 

JLeonard

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God bless the delivery guy for helping you get that beast into the yard. I cant wait to see it working. Congrats on the beautiful cooker!
Jim
 

kevin james

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Thanks guys. Did the biscuit test this morning, and went straight in to the first cook.

I was pretty happy with the results of the biscuit test. It definitely cooks evenly. The hot spot is as expected, dead center right next to the exchange, but aside from that it was very even.

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Lower rack results:
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Upper rack results:
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And the first thing on... it had to be a brisket. A 15 lb packer trimmed down to 10 lb.

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jcam222

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Looks like a real nice cooker Kevin! Great results in the biscuit test too. Great way to understand a cooker and then put hot and cool spots to work strategically. On another front I see you listed your Delray mansion for a cool $20M haha
 

rbnice1

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Looks fantastic. How did it perform? How did you run it? How did the the brisket turn out?

I am still working on how I want to run mine. That said the results have been good. But the 100+f temps every weekend are not helping.
 

kevin james

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Nice rig. So what's going on with the other smoker?

The builder of my old pit actually picked that one up from my house today. He's going to modify it to fix the issue that is causing all the airflow problems on it. We'll see if it works... stay tuned lol
 

Crazy88

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The builder of my old pit actually picked that one up from my house today. He's going to modify it to fix the issue that is causing all the airflow problems on it. We'll see if it works... stay tuned lol
Man is that thing ever beautiful. Only way it will look any better is when you have it full of bbq. Congratulations on the new pit, it looks awesome. Hope to see some pics of your cook.
 

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