Success at altitude!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ajbert, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. Moved up to CO back in June and had problems keeping the TBS going using a MES 30 and the AMZNPS at an elevation of 9100 feet.  Yes, people really do live at this elevation!  Started another thread about that and from the replies it was suggested that the tube smoker might be the fix. 

    Thought I'd do a follow up and say that the tube worked to perfection!  I pulled the chip tray and the loader both out like I did with the tray but this time I didn't have to keep re-lighting the pellets.  I threw some St Louis style ribs in for the 3-2-1 and ended up getting 4.5 hours of smoke.

    The ribs came out fantastic but I was a bit worried.  My wife was out of town and I had put the rub on them the evening before she was supposed to come home.  She ended up coming home later than expected and the ribs stayed in the rub for about three days.  I'm glad I vacuum packed them at least.  Other than that I smoked them as always. 

    And, now for my very first Qview on this site, providing I can figure out how to load up the pic.

    I know, pretty basic meal but so dang good! 
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking plate! Nice Smoke!

    Glad you got the tube and it worked for you!
  3. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Good to know about altitudes and the tube, nice chow !
  4. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Good looking plate!
  5. Hello AJ.  You wouldn't think something like where you live could affect things, but there you go.  May be basic meal but looks pretty darn good to me!  I like basic.  Keep Smokin!

  6. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey AJ

    I'll take a "basic" meal like yours anyday. Well done

  7. Basic is always good

  8. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Those ribs don't look basic to me!! They look wonderful!!
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congratulations on a really good looking 1st post.[​IMG]

    Great looking and ( I'll wager) tasty too [​IMG]

    Have fun and keep the smoke rolling up there... you're closer to the Smoke gods and get the first blessings  . . . [​IMG]
  10. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Another advantage of being that high up, You get to smell all of us lowlanders TBS as it heads up to the smoking gods!! No wait that might not be advantage, that might be a curse!! Smell smoke need meat, Smell smoke need meat, Smell smoke need meat, day in and day out!! LOL
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2014
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. This post will help me a lot. I live at about 4,000 feet in the Canadian Rockies. While not as high as you, I have been able to keep an AMZNPS going but it is usually a chore. I will try the tube.

  12. Thanks for all the compliments!  Wish I could find more time for smoking since we moved up here but I've been pretty busy with various projects and cutting/splitting wood for the coming winter.  Speaking of which, its been snowing for about the last 2-3 hours now.  I don't really see there being much accumulation, though.  Still a bit too warm for that. 

    Been trying to get my cousin and his family to come up and help with some of that wood.  Even promised to smoke some ribs for them.  Once he gets the time I guess I'll be throwing some more ribs in the smoker!  Still need to get a couple of butts and make some pulled pork before winter sets in.  LOVE that pulled pork!
  13. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice plate from down here! Pretty sure you'll have plenty of accumulation soon enough! Last time I was in the area we drove in wearing shorts had 8" the next morning:). Watch out they don't all know how to drive there, we were by the Stanley Hotel and all the cars were sliding into the curb and they were closing everything in the area early so people could drive home. We had to rush our dinner even though it just started to snow.
  14. I know how the snow can be.  A few years ago my dad and brother went out to my aunt and uncle's house in Black Forest northeast of the Springs for dinner one evening.  It started to snow about the time they arrived but no one thought much about it.  After eating and visiting they went to leave only to find about 2 feet of wet snow everywhere.  Three days later the road finally got plowed.

    We've been stocking up on non-perishables since we moved up here, believe me.  We can make it without electricity for as long as we have wood to warm the house as we have gas for cooking.  If the gas runs out we can always cook on the wood stove.  The freezer gets more stuffed in it every time we run down to town and hopefully will get completely full next month with more elk meat.

    Plus, we have great neighbors around always willing to help, as we are always willing to help them.

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