New Smoker (OK Joe)

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by phantom krankor, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. I realized that I really needed some better equipment to take my smoking to a whole nother level.  Made overseas but seems to be build solid. might want to seal some of the leaks, but it doesn't bother me, there's plenty going into the cooking chamber.

    Picked this up at the local big box for 300 ish.  

    Testing it out/seasoning it, and so far it's holding 250 like a boss

    --Oklahoma Joe's Highland 879-sq in Black Charcoal Horizontal Smoker--

    Rack of ribs and brisket tomorrow night.. 

    More pics when the food gets prepped :)

    Enjoy your weekend
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Congrats on the new smoker!

  3. Just got my new custom made off-set smoker delivered yesterday.  Going to season it up this evening, and throw some ribs on for a test run tomorrow.

    Good luck!
  4. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Congratulations on the new smoker. I have an OK JOE and love it. you will be getting some awesome eats out of that.

    Looking forward to some pics of it in action.

  5. keithu

    keithu Fire Starter

    Welcome! We bought the same smoker earlier this year and are really enjoying it.

    It looks like your warming plate is backwards.
  6. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    It was just to see if you were paying attention.. good eye!

    Oops! Smoke stack is backward there.. 🤓

    So envious of you stick people.. I want one too..! Gimmy!
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017
  7. You're right! haha thanks... I totally was just testing you.

    I kept reading about warming up the wood before putting it in the firebox, and didn't make the connection.  Glad you caught it before I ended up balancing the wood on the round top, or balanced a magazine on it to read.

    Feel free to hijack with pics of your custom rig here, love to see it.
  8. keithu

    keithu Fire Starter

    No custom rig here, just an OKJ. Here's an example of pre-warming wood.
  9. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice rig. I am seeing more and more of them. It seems like the current way to go, especially for the money. Good pic in post #8. I always pre-heat wood splits.

  10. Salt, pepper, and threw on a bit of Cajun on the brisket.
    (Wet) Mustard brown sugar based rub on the ribs.

    Early on. Had the brisket on for a few hours before i put the ribs on. This pic is 3 hours in.
  11. Almost done!
    Total time was about 8 hours for brisket, 6 for ribs. IT 180 190 for the flat.

    Definitely an improvement. Worth the $ 100%
  12. yankee2bbq

    yankee2bbq Meat Mopper

  13. srmartin15

    srmartin15 Newbie

    Awesome man you will love it! I got mine for Father's day and I have made some great cooks with it. I also added some must have mods to it.

    That second picture is my exhaust extension that I was playing with because according to custom smoker calculators the OKJs smoke stack is too short. It should be 24.5" but it's only about 18-19" ish. I am going to make a more semi permanent fix to this problem. When I do I'll post pictures. With this quick fix though I found a massive improvement in air flow and the smoke stack was really pulling the air. I was able to maintain some great temps and the fire was getting a good amount of oxygen. Before it wasn't getting enough air and I would need to leave the side door of the fire box open in order to get enough oxygen to keep the fire going. This solved this problem and then some.

    Enjoy your new smoker man and welcome to the OKJ family[​IMG][​IMG]

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  14. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    I see you are enjoying your new smoker! The meat looks good!
    Usually when I do brisket I don't do it to temperature. I do it to probe tender in the thickest part of the flat.

    Have fun with your new smoker.

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