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Slow Cooking on the Kettle - Pic Heavy Pulled Pork

thunderdome

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Here is one of the other methods I've been using for slow cooking w/ the kettle. Just flipped over the Vortex chimney so the wide end is up, and it turns the kettle into an indirect cooker as well as acts as a deflector for the meat

The Setup
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2121.jpg.html

Charcoal loaded around it. Foil in the middle to catch drippings and block the air coming up the center
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2126.jpg.html

Threw some Pecan chunks on top
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2127.jpg.html

Lit a few briquettes to start it
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2131.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2133.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2133.jpg.html

Boston Butt. Tried the 'Smoke On Wheels' Injection for this one
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2135.jpg.html

Butt loaded
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2145.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2148.jpg.html

The 'cleaner handle' is almost completely shut. Probably only open a 1/2 cm
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2154.jpg.html

Aiming for 250
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2156.jpg.html

Here it is about 2 hours into cook
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2167.jpg.html

Not a whole lot of charcoal consumed
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2170.jpg.html

Got good clean smoke going
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2179.jpg.html PART 2

Just over 3 hours
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2181.jpg.html

The thermo and lid exhaust gets rotated opposite where the hot coals have snaked their way around
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2184.jpg.html

Almost to 4 hours
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2190.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2203.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2204.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2206.jpg.html

Not a whole lot stays lit to hold @ 250
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2219.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2221.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2233.jpg.html

6 hour mark. Time to foil
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2237.jpg.html

Showing the coals
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2244.jpg.html

All done w/ a little to spare
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2269.jpg.html

All done. The Smoke On Wheels injection is great by the way
http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2273.jpg.html

http://s971.photobucket.com/user/ThunderDomePB/media/102213-VORTEX%20KETTLE%20CHIMNEY/IMG_2274.jpg.html
 

mdboatbum

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I'm impressed. You get to the point where you're thinking, "Oh, joy, ANOTHER pork butt post. " But I'm glad I opened this one. I wonder if a deep pan could be used in place of the inverted cone, as I suspect most folks don't have a vortex cooker. This is about the most innovative way of using a kettle as a smoker I've seen. Hats off!
 

greechneb

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Looks great. I shouldn't browse the forums before lunch. You're making me hungry!
 

bagbeard

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nice pork, the weber kettle is such a versatile cooker.  I love my weber.  I ve tried this method only i just placed charcoal around outside.  i like your idea to help hold coals to the outside

how long was the total cook?  What IT?  I ve been smoking all week and i did three butteye roasts on my weber using the smokenator and 2 boston butts on my charbroil silver.  The weber performs the same with little difference in different weather.  the off set is greatly effected by weather, especially high winds

 

thunderdome

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I'm impressed. You get to the point where you're thinking, "Oh, joy, ANOTHER pork butt post. " But I'm glad I opened this one. I wonder if a deep pan could be used in place of the inverted cone, as I suspect most folks don't have a vortex cooker. This is about the most innovative way of using a kettle as a smoker I've seen. Hats off!
Thanks!
 
Looks great. I shouldn't browse the forums before lunch. You're making me hungry!
I'm in the same boat. 1 hour before lunch and I'm looking at all these posts
 
nice pork, the weber kettle is such a versatile cooker.  I love my weber.  I ve tried this method only i just placed charcoal around outside.  i like your idea to help hold coals to the outside

how long was the total cook?  What IT?  I ve been smoking all week and i did three butteye roasts on my weber using the smokenator and 2 boston butts on my charbroil silver.  The weber performs the same with little difference in different weather.  the off set is greatly effected by weather, especially high winds

Thanks! I took it to 165, foiled, then took off @ 195. It took about 7 hours to finish
 

woodcutter

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I know how how good that butt is. That is a great way to cook. When you are watching every once in a while you can tell when a hunk of wood gets lit and the blue blue smoke starts coming out the vent.
 

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