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Twin Chuckies (with my New AMNPS---"Pellets")

Discussion in 'Beef' started by Bearcarver, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Twin Chuckies (with my New AMNPS)

    I got a new 5" X 8" A-MAZE-N-PELLET-SMOKER (AMNPS), and had to give it a try.
    Since high heat is sometimes a problem with my AMNS, I decided to smoke 2 Chuckies at about 230˚ with my AMNPS.

    Day #1:

    I rinsed with cold water & dried two Chuckies with paper towels.
    Then coated them first with Worcestershire Sauce (thick), and Montreal Steak rub.
    Then wrapped in plastic wrap, and into the fridge for an overnight stay.

    Day #2:

    Pre-heat smoker to 240˚ (close top vent for pre-heat).
    Put Chuckies on one MES 40 smoking rack, sprinkle with a little Brown Sugar, and put that rack in #2 position.
    Load my new toy with Bottom 2/3 Maple----Top 1/3 Cherry (per Todd's suggestion).
    Light one end with my "Fat Boy" propane torch. See "Note" below for lighting suggestions.
    Put AMNPS on the bars, to the left of the MES chip burner.
    Cut heat back to 230˚. Open top vent all the way.
    After 4 hours at 230˚, I sterilized my probes, and inserted them into my Chuckies.
    The one was at 156˚, and the other was at 157˚.
    When my Chuckies were at 171˚ and 166˚, I wrapped them individually in doubled foil, and added the following in each package:
    4 ounces of Apple Juice.
    1 ounce of Ken's Teriyaki Marinade.
    2 ounces of BBQ sauce.

    When they were at 210˚ and 204˚, with 70 minutes to go until Supper Time (5 PM), I killed the heat & closed my top vent, but left them foiled, and in my MES 40.
    At 4:50PM the smoker temp was down to about 145˚, and my Chuckies were at 180˚ and 186˚. Pulled Chuckies for Supper.
    Unwrap, pour juice from packages into container, allow to cool, put juice in fridge for fat separation---to be excellent Au Jus.
    Take pictures & pull Beef.

    Note on lighting AMNPS:
    I can't stress lighting your AMNPS properly, too much!
    It is important to light your AMNS (dust) properly, but it's even more important with the AMNPS (Pellets).
    I lit my AMNPS every bit as good as I always light my AMNS, and I figured it was good enough.
    Wrong!!!---it produced very little smoke, and almost went out.
    I pulled it out and gave it a much better torch job, and got a good fire going (burning about a 2" long area in the first row).
    I left the fire go for 6 or 7 minutes. Then I blew it out & kept blowing the red coals until I had a real good red hot coal base.
    Then I put it back in. I had real nice smoke going all the way until I pulled the Chuckies for foiling.
    I actually got perfect smoke for a total of 5 hours, and only consumed about half of the full load of pellets.
    Once I got this new AMNPS going right, it was a thing of beauty---Nice amount of smoke, with no worry of jumping rows, burning too heavy, or burning too fast and burning out.
    Then when I pulled the AMNPS, I set it where the high heat won't hurt anything, and took a teaspoon & pulled all of the hot coals & burning pellets far away from the unburned pellets.
    Those unburned pellets will be good for next time. I think I'll start a new jug, just for leftover pellets that are not only one wood species.
    Also Note: We did not care for the McCormick Grill Mates' Montreal Steak Rub. I only tried it because I saw it mentioned a few times. You don't know if you don't try.
    That's about it.
    Enjoy the pictures---Lotsa Qview, and a few BearViews Too !!!!


    One of the Chuckies all rubbed up:

    Two Chuckies ready for an overnight stay at 37˚:

    One end lit:

    My set-up: I use that 9" X 12" Aluminum plate, tilted up on the left side, to direct the heat over to the middle of the smoker, instead of letting the heat run straight up to the exhaust vent.
    During this particular smoke, my ET-732 stayed within 5˚ of the MES digital temp readout the whole time.
    You can also see where I always put my AMAZING Smokers in my MES 40.

    This picture shows how much smoke I like to have coming out of my fully open exhaust vent.
    Not much more----Not much less, but Less would be better than More "IMHO":

    Back to my 2 Chuckies and the juice I saved, just after removing from their foil packages.
    The lid goes on the juice, and into the fridge, in the back, so it doesn't get bumped:

    Pulled Beef "BearView":

    My Supper (first helping---LOL):

    BearView Close-up:

    Au Jus on right---Fat on left. I just run a knife all the way around, and pop it off in one solid piece:

    Next Day Snack Time---First some pulled Beef in Au Jus (Nuked up):

    BearView Alert !!!!
    Then some shredded Mozzarella (I was out of Provolone), and some left over taters:

    I LOVE IT ALL ![/quote]
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2018
  2. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    Nice Bear, looks delicious. Great Post, I really like the new AMNPS and the pellets. Looks like I'm going to have to buy another toy.
  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks fabulous!!

    Them pellet thingamabobbers for sale yet??

  4. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't think they're on the Amazing website yet, but they will be real soon.

    Thanks Craig,

  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Job Bear!

    Love That Pellet Burner, don't ya?!

  6. Very interresting. I've been putting off buying the AMNS because of the price & availability of dust in Canada. But pellets I can find in every hardware store around here, and are pretty cheap too. Is this new AMNPS something you're testing out for Todd, or is it already out. Oh, and great looking food too. Nice job my friend.
  7. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Major testing is all over---These are ready to sell. I'm sure they'll be on his site real soon.

    With Todd's products, testing never really stops, but these are ready now. I know because I had one before a few changes---This one is READY !

    I think you have to be careful which pellets you get, but I'm sure Todd will explain that---I'm new to pellets, except rabbit pellets (before & after).  [​IMG]

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've talked to Todd a bit about the new Pellet smoker. I can't wait to get one.
  9. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks Mike!  This thing is great !


    Thanks Todd !

    IMHO, the only weakness the AMNS has is the possibility of jumping through rows above 180˚ (especially above 210˚), but it wasn't made for hot smoking. It was made for all of the smokers that can't produce smoke at low temperatures. (((I guess you knew this though,Todd!----LOL))).

    Now I can smoke with my MES set as high as it will go (275˚), without any problems !!!!

    You Da Man, Todd !!!!

  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks great Bear, I hope that by next week I will be back to feeling well enough to cook something with mine...  Just don't feel well enough yet to tackle any food too heavy...
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great post Bear. You forgot to mention one of the coolest features of the new unit. You can still smoke with your dust too both hot and cold smokes. Lots of folks have invested in dust and this new unit can do both. I ran a pellet test with mine the other day and it went for nearly 11 hours on one load and still had some more to go.

    This baby is awesome!!
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  12. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I know that, but I didn't forget.

    No matter how much I trust you & Todd, I won't do that until I try it myself. The Bear doesn't go by hearsay, as it is inadmissible in court.[​IMG]

    Then it will get the Bear's seal of approval, along with a new thread, with BearViews included.

    You got 11 hours on one load of pellets---That's exactly the same as mine----I got 5 hours with just under 1/2 load.

    Seems it works the same on both coasts !!!   [​IMG]

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  13. Excellent Detailed Q-View Bear....Those Chuckies look Fantastic. I had to see this at lunch time[​IMG]  now my belly is really growling!!! Both meals looked GREAT!!!

    Thanks for the trail run summation of the ANMPS...looks like another slam dunk for the A-MAZE-N family of smokers...Congrats Todd. One will be hitting the Gotarace stable soon..[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  14. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great Chickie's Bear  [​IMG]

    Nothing like a little Bearview from the Bear himself  [​IMG]

    I've really got to get one of those pelletmajigies to add to my arsenal,

    Great post Bear
  15. Great job as always Bear and always love the you lay it out with times, temps, etc.  Like most replies above another addition to the family is in the future [​IMG] . I have a old 4 drawer filing cabinet in the garage and keep keep my goodies in one of them, looks like drawer two will be needed soon.  Quick question, in the picture of the meat and new toy in the smoker it looks like your ET732 probe is just hanging through the grate which puts it a distance from the grate for temps.  My 732 came with a holder so it will go right beside the meat, just curious.
  16. [​IMG]Great post Bear. Those chuckies look great and the leftovers look pretty righteous too. The Q-View was awesome as always. Love that fat disc you extracted totally intact. That pellet deal looks like it works pretty well. Hmmm.  I think I still have some of that 20 year old perforated steel in my basement.
  17. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Just so everybody knows, I'm trying to answer every question, but every time I hit "Quote" at the bottom of one of your comments, a freakin' ad fills the reply box.

    I've been trying top answer "garyinmd". I clicked on his "Quote" about 30 times, and went to "previous page and back at least 20 times, and the ads keep filling my reply box before I can get there.

    It only seems to be doing it when I try to reply to a quote, so I'll answer Gary this way.

    Gary, I knew somebody would ask about that probe. I figured I'd answer it then. That is before any probing. It is the built in probe that lives inside the smoker. I hung it there so that after 4 hours, I wouldn't have to dig it out to use it. My 732 probes are still in my corner gun cabinet where I keep them.

    Thanks for you kind words, Gary,

  18. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks Paul,

    I'm glad to see you're starting to come around. That must have been a big bad bug!!!!

    Get well real soon !!!!

  19. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks gotarace !

    Sorry about the belly growling!!!

    Well not really---LOL  [​IMG]

  20. Looks Great Bear! I'm not big on that McCormicks either. Salty and just kinda off to me. I like Bear view from the Bear himself.