Putting The Open Range Through The Wringer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by lancep, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Brisket, chicken, sausage, dogs and shrimp! Plus a pan of beans!

    Last week I did my first long smoke on the new open range. 6.5lb pork shoulder and it was probably one of the best that I've ever done. I had already planned to do brisket today, but when my wife told me some friends were coming over, I decided to go all out. If everything comes out I will able to say that I am truly satisfied with my purchase.

    So got the brisket trimmed up and rubbed with salt and pepper (1/1) last night and then fired up the smoker with a pecan split this morning at 5am. Brisket went on at six and I'm blowing thin and blue at about 260.

    Here's to good luck and clean smoke. Hope yall have a great Sunday!

  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I see I have a real good seat for this one

  3. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looking good Lance. [​IMG]
  4. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Lookin' good so far.

    Will be waiting to see and hear how it comes out.

  5. smokinal

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

    We're all waiting Lance!

    Last edited: Sep 4, 2016
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  7. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  8. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Just a few more hours. I promise! We have friends over so I have to hold the rest of the pics till the end. They're over for the day and I already grilled dogs and coffin shrimp on the firebox. Brisket coming along well. Wrapped it at 174ish and put it on the bottom rack. Beans went in the oven and lunch was cooked. I'll check the brisket here in a few and I'll get pics up after dinner.

  9. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Waiting patiently for the results Lance.   [​IMG]

  10. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Here we go, the Q-View!!

    Long day for sure! Like an idiot, I didn't prep anything other than soaking beans and trimming the brisket. First thing was getting beans on under the brisket. Then prepping everything else.

    Brisket cookin along!

    Did some doges for the kids and coffin shrimp for the grown ups. No pictures of dogs but here's the shrimp.

    After lunch came the sausage roll and then chicken.

    And then the payoff!

    And plated with beans, potato salad and cole slaw!

    Happy Sunday

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  11. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like a winner!
  12. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great job with everything!  [​IMG]

  13. The icing on the cake is the Shiner Bock lurking in the background....
  14. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Thanks guys, I appreciate it. And thank you for the points!!

    The verdict?
    Everything came out great. Chicken was perfectly bite through. Sausage roll was rich and flavorful with the perfect smokiness. The brisket was fantastic and the point was off the chain. I'm very happy with this smoker. Being able to grill lunch while smoking dinner for ten people, on the same box with one fire, is awesome! And precisely why I chose this model.

  15. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Id say you had a winner there Lance. Everything lookes delish. Nice job

  16. Good lookin groceries Lance, all your hard work payed off.  Seems like that Open Range is well worth the price of admission.  Good job !
  17. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Hey thanks Jasper! It was pretty hectic but definitely worth it. And the results were excellent. i do have a few caveats but overall this thing is exactly was I was looking for.

  18. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I checked them out and some folks say that they are fuel hogs.  How much charcoal did you burn, did you have to re-fuel during the cook?  This isn't critical, just curious.  Your results look awesome!

  19. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    It's hard to tell. One of the most comprehensive user reviews I saw spoke specifically about its fuel economy. Now, compared to my WSM, it burns a little more. But that is compared to a 18.5" WSM. However, one of my caveats is that it is not airtight as marketed. Easy fix but for $1200 it's a little irking. It could just be my unit, though, as every other user review that I read spoke to the contrary. All that said, last week when I smoked a pork shoulder, I got a 12 hr burn @275* on a 15 lb bag of charcoal with the last hour at 300+. And there was still coal to burn. During the last cook I used a little less and got about ten hrs. But that was with a lot of grilling on the fire box( lots of lid lifting) Took the opportunity to stick burn the last 1-1/2 hr. Hopefully that gives you a little bit of an idea on economy. All in all, it's still a pretty amazing little smoker.

  20. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the info Lance!  I was going to ask if you could stick burn also but you answered that.  I liked the way the heat travels upward evenly vs an offset. It looks like a nice piece of equipment.  My only experience is on a WSM.


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