Virgin Mini Smoke, Pork Loin and Baked Potatoes

Discussion in 'Pork' started by disco, May 26, 2014.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OK, I have the new WSM MIni I made. It is time to fire it up. The problem is, I am not well versed on the use of charcoal.

    I started out by putting a layer of lump charcoal in the basket. Then I lit one layer of coals in the chimney. I put the lit coals on the layer in the basket and put the Mini together with the vents open. I hoped to get it up over 300 F but I now know I didn't have enough coals and I didn't light enough coals in the chimney (Thanks, Adam/cfarmer). 

    While it was heating up, I rubbed the pork loin roast with SPOG (salt, pepper, onion and garlic powders) as I wanted to keep it simple with my first smoke. I also rubbed a couple of potatoes with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and planned on putting them right on the grate to brown up the skins.

    The Mini had got to 270 F but seemed to be holding there. I put 3 chunks of plum wood on the coals. Mistake number two. With all three chunks on lit coals at once, you could have used the Mini as a smoke screen generator on a destroyer. However, after seven or eight minutes the smoke died down to a nicer level and I put the pork and potatoes on the mini.

    I put the lid on and let it cook at 270 F for 20 minutes. Then I turned the loin and the potatoes.

    I put the lid back on and it cooked for about 30 minutes to get to an internal temperature of 155 F

    I pulled the pork loin and let it rest for 10 minutes in foil. One potato was done. The other needed 30 seconds in the microwave.

    It sliced up great and was nice and moist with my first smoke ring.

    She Who Must Be Obeyed made some great Deli Style coleslaw and a feast ensued.

    The Verdict: The meal was great. However, there was more smoke flavour than I would have liked but I have received help with putting the wood in so that it lights one at a time and I will try that next. I will also add more lit coals to try and get a higher heat although the roast did cook well.

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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty Disco! Nice smoke!
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Does your wife use mayo in the slaw or no mayo?
    Last edited: May 26, 2014
  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is a great lookin smoke, all was real tasty I'am sure.... Could see on the pork loin slices how moist it was ! Great smoke ! Very nice Sir ! Thumbs Up

  5. That looks really good Disco!  [​IMG]   I guess I'm just gonna have to break down & make one of those mini smoking thingamajigs  [​IMG]   Nice meal man  [​IMG]
  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, DS. We enjoyed it.
    She does two great coleslaws, creamy with yogurt and mayo and deli with no mayo. This one was deli. I love both!
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. It also made great sandwiches, the next day.
    Fortunately, there are better men than me to advise you should you take the plunge.

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