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The Great BBQ Ribs Mystery Solved!

wntrlnd

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Last year I got a nice new Charbroil knock off of the venerable New Braunfels Silver Smoker.

My first attempt at smoking some ribs didn't go well.  I couldn't maintain anything near a consistent smoking temperature.

I didn't want to waste a lot of money on meat, so I decided before I put any more on to smoke, I was going to make sure I could get a fire going and keep it within the smoking temperature range.

It was impossible to manage the temperature and I couldn't figure out why.  I read lots of posts on this forum and I talked to other people that had the same smoker I have.  My brother has the original Silver Smoker and I consulted with him on the phone many times.  Still, never got anywhere.

I was really bummed out.  All last summer, I did practice burns for weeks and weeks, trying different woods, charcoals, etc, etc.  When I put the smoker in the garage for the winter, I was pessimistic I would ever figure out what I was doing wrong.

I finally figured out what the problem was.  The door of the smoker is defective.  When it closes there is about an eighth or a quarter inch gap that lets in air and makes it impossible to regulate the temperature.

I solved the problem by placing a huge chunk of oak on the lid so it seals. 

I did one test burn and confirmed that was the problem on Monday.  On Tuesday I smoked my first real honest to God ribs (St. Louis).  They were so good I can't wait to do another slab.  Even so, I think I'm going to do a brisket next.
 

caveman

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Congratulations.  Way to stick with it.  Glad to hear you have the issue worked out.  Now, bring on the Q-VIEW with that next smoke or we are going to wonder if you are just blowing smoke up our collective minds.  
 

wntrlnd

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thanks for the comment, and definitely will do on the Q view!

it crossed my mind when i opened the lid, but i was just WAY too excited to get the camera.  i waited more than a year for that rack!
 

mr mac

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it crossed my mind when i opened the lid, but i was just WAY too excited to get the camera.  i waited more than a year for that rack!
Been there, done that!  Glad it is all figured out and you are now enjoying one of the best parts of life!
 

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