WSM maiden voyage in "real time"!

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desert fish

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Jan 15, 2014
Albuquerque NM
Just fired up the new WSM 22.5!  Totally excited!  Going to smoke 3 racks and two whole chickens today for the games. !!Go NINERS!!

Here they are!

Fat side down.  Gonna let them sit there for about 3 hours (holding pretty true at 235) then I'll hit them with some parkey squeeze and cola.  Then another 1 hour and hit them again with cola. Let me know if I have that correct.  This is my first time doing this.  Not going to foil them.  Using water only.  No sand.  

After about 2.5 hours I am going to drop the chickens on the lower rack.  I brined the chickens for 24 hours and rub them down to sit over night.  Chickens should take about 2.5 hours, correct?

In all her glory...

At 235 you chickens could take 2 1/2-3 hours to hit an IT of 165.

For your ribs are you doing 3-2-1 method? 3 hours direct grill, 2 hours foiled, 1 hour direct grill? If so you sound to be on track.
Good luck! Get yourself a notebook and write down what you do each time.  It makes repeating your successes much easier and avoiding the failures much easier ;)
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Yeah.  I think I'm going to leave the foil off.  I'll hit them with butter instead.  I saw spacecowboytx on youtube do it this way and they looked amazing. 

Yeah, I just use the dome therm as a rough guage of where the temp is - once you know the difference between the dome and the racks you can glance at the dome and do the mental +/- in your head to know about where you are at the racks.

Ribs and birds look good! I usually allow 3.5-4.5 hrs. for birds if I am doing low and slow. You can always start the birds early and then if they finish up quick just wrap them in 3 layers of foil and tuck them away in a towel lined dry ice chest till the rest of the grub is ready. They will hold for a several hours without any issues.
I just got a maverick digital for temp and saw you had yours hanging on the smoker. I set mine on a grill not being used beside the smoker. Im into radios and would think the high heat would be hard on the components. Am I thinking wrong? put mine under a clear glass bowl in case of rain.
I had no problem.  The transmitter rests on the plastic handle of the aluminum access plate.  Didn't feel hot.  Also, I believe the transmitters are "rain proof".  At least that's what I read in the manual. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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