New Smoker & Lazy Days?

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bauchjw

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I’ve heard the phrase “Lazy Days of Summer” my whole life, but the government must keep those days, summer has always been busy for me. This one isn’t any different and it has been hectic here, but I’ve been absent from SMF for too long again and I’m sad to have missed so many great cooks!

With TNJAKE TNJAKE endorsement of BelFab smokers and encouragement from more than a few here I have purchased a new offset, I went trailer mounted, and picked it up in Iowa over the 4th of July. I was only an hour or so away from Ryan, but unfortunately couldn’t make the detour with three screaming kinds and a frustrated wife in the truck with me, sorry Brokenhandle Brokenhandle Ill make it next time!

So here’s the Beast, I went with a warmer box option, two burners and a flattop. It’s not a Blackstone, but it’s been working for me!

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This was my first run at it in the rain. Over the 4th I did a whole bunch of food, all with oak. Lost track of the cooks and time for pics, but found these of ABTs, steaks &ribs. The steel is legit, 3/8ths and it kept temp with no problem in the rain.
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Took some time to blow stuff up too..,
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Towed the rig over two days back to Virginia, Chicago was interesting navigating with a smoker in tow, but lots of conversations a long the way with curious pit stop neighbors. After that journey I’ve been going at it almost every weekend. The kids and neighbors love it. I had a hard time finding some wood here, but finally got that figured out.

My daughters request for NY strip for her BDay diner getting a CI sear after smoking to 120 IT at 240…. tx smoker tx smoker method. Those burners the CI is sitting on are so much fun!
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Some Birria for a neighborhood BBQ, on this attempt I went without purée of chili and with soup bones for marrow.
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My son helping clean the firebox
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More Birria for another get together. I didnt like the last batch so scrapped and started over. Reduced in ingredients and cut chuck in bigger chunks. Smoked to 165 IT at around 250, then into the chili braise, covered, until pull apart tender, roughly 5 hours. They’re popular and this batch was awesome!

Nothing like a cup of coffee and a fire at 2 am to get things going!
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15 pounds of Chuck roll pre trimmed for the Birria.
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My daughter making me some breakfast on the flattop, she wanted to help all night, but couldn’t stay awake!
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At 165 IT pulled and into the Braise, puréed pasillas, guallijo and ancho peppers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, S&P, apple cider vinegar, and a lot of water with some better than bullion.
Toasted the dry peppers on the flattop before the reconstituting and purée
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Once everyone was over and beef was pulling, chopped up to do the tacos! We did ribs and Surf and turf lumpia too.
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Anyway, sorry for my absence. Back to support Rafter H BBQ Rafter H BBQ and all the great people who post here and share good vibes. As long as work and family give me the time🤣
 

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Oh boy, am I coveting that rig, Jed. Truly a work of art!

Oh, and the grub looks fantastic, too.
 
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Astounding post Jed. Congrats on the new smoker, looks like a great rig. Love the flattop on board. That meat and tacos are in my top 10 list of things I love. Great stuff.
 
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OMG absolutely love the rig Jed !
And from the looks of those cooks you've got it dailed in and looks like the neighborhood appreciates it too 😃 !
And congrats on the ride!

Keith
 
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The food pics are outstanding Jed! Love the assistance you get from your kids as well! Congrats on your spinner ride!
Time to sign off from Saloon # 10! :emoji_blush:

Ryan
 
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Great Rig Jed! Like said above, all of that food looks awesome, and you've got it dialed in. Great work all around. Congrats on the carousel ride.
 
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Oh boy, am I coveting that rig, Jed. Truly a work of art!

Oh, and the grub looks fantastic, too.
Thank you Doug! Craig does great work at an amazing price! I appreciate your time!
AWESOME!!!! Awesome rig....awesome cooks....and awesome pics! I love it!


You got that right brother!!!!
Thank you Sir! I appreciate your time! Someday when it slows down I’ll try to get after the sausages, but until then this is fun!

Great looking set up!

- Jason
Thank you Jason! It’s a lot of fun!
 
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Nice chuckwagon rig there Jed. pulling it around the country and cooking up a storm.🤠🤠

Great rig and great pictures of all the foods, and the littles helping with the cooking and cleaning.

You must be a happy man:emoji_sunglasses:

David,

oh and congrats on the ride on the spinner:emoji_cloud_tornado:
 
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Astounding post Jed. Congrats on the new smoker, looks like a great rig. Love the flattop on board. That meat and tacos are in my top 10 list of things I love. Great stuff.
Thank you Jeff! It’s a great rig and a lot of fun! Man, when you get that Birria right it’s killer! I appreciate it!

OMG absolutely love the rig Jed !
And from the looks of those cooks you've got it dailed in and looks like the neighborhood appreciates it too 😃 !
And congrats on the ride!

Keith
Thank you Keith! The neighborhood has been big supporters🤣 I appreciate you!
Just out of the park Jed. Fantastic cooking and Lordy what a cooker. Enjoy and big like.
I appreciate it! Thank you, it’s been a lot of fun! It’s a great smoker and a awesome to have so many tools right there!
 
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Great looking rig and some awesome cooks. Looks like your doing a great job of feeding the neighborhood! Got any houses for sell close?
Jim
 
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That’s a heck of a nice rig Jed, great post too! All the food looks great and it looks like everyone enjoyed it. I gotta do birria again, nicely done!!
 
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Awesome looking smoker Jed. Let me know if I can help you spend more money! Food looks amazing and looks like you are the most popular guy on the block right now. Now you can't stop feeding them or they'll riot!
 
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