Pork loin over pecan. Froze my giblets off, but worth it.

Discussion in 'Grilling Pork' started by mdboatbum, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Seem to be a lot of good pork sales lately, so today I picked up a whole loin for just over $12
    I cut off a bit and sliced into 4 thick chops, put the rest in the freezer for future adventures.
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    Fired up the tube with pecan chips. This was sort of an experiment to see if they'd work as well as pellets in my tube.

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    Seemed to light ok.

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    And seemed to smoke ok. I cold smoked them for a little over an hour, then fired half a chimney of K'ford comp.

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    Wasn't too worried about ambient temps.

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    Cold smoked, then hot smoked for about 40 mins til the temp started struggling then put them over the coals.

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    All in all a little over 2 hours for a very tasty meal. Went a little too heavy on the rub, but I think we'll survive.
     
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking chops MD! Getting to be cold smoking weather! Yesterday we hit a high of 28, Brrrrrrrrr!!!
     
  3. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Nice looking chops!

    You put just chips or did you blend with some pellets?

    We had a high of 82 yesterday... I might have scrap my tank tops for a full blown t-shirt! We do have a weather advisory here: SURFS UP!!! You gotta love winter...
     
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks guys. Wasn't really all that cold, I just wasn't dressed for it.
    I used all chips in the tube. I first was going to mix pellets and chips, but decided I wanted to try to see if just chips would work. I'm happy to say they did! It did go out once but that was just because there was one big chip that got stuck in the tube and created a gap. They burned a lot faster than the pellets but it's good to know if I run out of pellets or I want a specific kind of wood I don't have in pellet form, I can still cold smoke.
     
  5. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And Welshrarebit, I think I'd rather have your winter!!
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is good to know! I can find more flavors of chips locally than I can pellets. Pecan being one of those I can get in chip form but not pellets. I wonder how the mix would go. Wonder if the chips wold just ignite the pellets.
     
  7. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't think so. They kind of behaved the same way in that they smoldered without a flame after I blew them out. Didn't seem to produce any more heat than pellets either. I'll have to try a mixture and see what happens.
     
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  8. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And case I have the same problem finding pellets locally. I found one place that stocks the Traeger pellets, but only a couple varieties and only in 20lb bags. the local hardware and grocery stores do carry a few varieties of chips in the summer, so I can stock up on several different flavors. Now if I can only find a local source that sells chunks besides hickory and mesquite...
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cool, I will give it a try one of these cold smokes. Have to get cheese and Scarbelly's Sweet Spicy nuts ready for gift baskets soon. We have a local manufacturer that makes pellets, Pacific pellet. They have 6 flavors: Smoked Hickory | Rancher's Mesquite | Northwest Apple
    Country Cherry | Mountain Maple | Pacific Alder. Priced really good 20 pound bags. But getting the exotic stuff I have to order from Todd.
     
  10. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    NICE.....looks real good and a good Fall/Winter'ish splurge with the asparagus.....Willie
     
  11. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks chef! Just did a quick steam on the asparagus and threw together a spinach salad. Drizzled both with honey balsamic vinaigrette.
     
  12. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    My local Costco has traeger hickory pellets; there's also a local hardware store that carries traeger hickory, Apple and mesquite (but $5 more a bag than Costco).

    I'm trying to talk the owner of my AM job to let me borrow his chipper/shredder so I can make my own chips from local wood.

    I have tons of access to logs to make my own chunks. Last Friday I loaded up...


    Kiawe, mango, mesquite, ohia, and guava. I also got some avocado wood that same day!
     
  13. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bum that looks great!!! nice smoke, glad you made it thru the cold. Suppose to get snow here today, not much 1-3 or so. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

    DS
     
  14. MD it looks very tasty.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  15. I have a small chipper that does a very nice job of making chips.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  16. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    MD, I love the crust you got on those. I love that kind of surface. I also learned from the discussion on chips over pellets in the tube. You are taking me closer to buying one.

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    As for cold, we are in the deep freeze here in the mountains. Outside my window and our outdoor thermometer.



    Disco
     
  17. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for the point Disco!!
    As for the tube, I cant recommend getting one highly enough. I'm told they work very well in the MES up to about 275f as well as being great for cold smoking. You may notice mine is not the official Amaze-n version, though I feel confident that theirs is much more effective and durable than my homemade job. My experience with Todd from a customer service standpoint has been nothing but stellar, and when my current tube bites the dust ( which I've no doubt it will, I've sat on one, slammed a trunk on one and sacrificed one to make a coal divider, so counting the one I gave to a friend, this is number five in a little over a year) I'll get the more permanent solution from Todd.
     
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  18. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Did you tie wire some expanded metal together?
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2014
  19. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's a metal mesh gutter guard. I just rolled it into shape and pop riveted it together. Then bent the ends in so it would hold the pellets and not have sharp edges.
     
  20. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I had to smoke a lot of marlin at work today so I tried to use half pellets and half wood chips. I put about an inch of pellets, then an inch of wood chips and repeated that until the tube was full. It work perfect! The only thing I noticed was there was slightly less smoke than normal, and I mean slightly! I did sort thru the wood chips and took the bigger pieces out.

    I'll try and smoke some more marlin on Thursday and use only wood chips...

    This was the 450 lb beast we got today:

     

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