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Old 07-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #11
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dont rely on the factory temp gauge for the temps use a digital with a probe. I have been smoking for years. I just do a dry rub (generic) let it sit overnight in the fridge.I let the meat warm to room temp before putting on the smoker. Smoke heavy for the first few hours then no more wood after a few hours the bark stops any smoke from entering the meat anyway.I also spray the the meat with a mix of garlic oil, apple cider vinegar and some dark beer every hour or so. I turn the brisket about 3/4s of the way to done the with about 2 hours left I wrap it up in aluminum and finish it.


Very important you must let the meat rest so the meat can absorb its own juice.If you cut it too soon the juices will just flow onto the plate.I use a cooler to let the meat rest an hour or so don't worry its still plenty hot

One brisket I have the butcher leave the fat on it and three racks of baby backs



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Old 07-04-2012, 12:23 AM   #12
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My buddy writes a pretty decent blog using that smoker. Check it out. He has some good tips.

http://smokersdepot.blogspot.com/

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:32 AM   #13
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I thiught youhad the other brinkman smoker with the side firebox. Vertical smokers are probably a tad easier to control temps. If yours has a water pan, that will aid in stabilization but again, its roasting meat not brain surgery so dont worry too much.
In lieu of brisket give chuck roast your first beef attempt. Its forgiving like a pork butt.

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:56 AM   #14
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I got the same smoker for Christmas last year. I bought a book called "Low and Slow: Mastering the Art of Barbecue in Five Easy Lessons" by Gary Wiviott. Good read, and has lots of good recipes. It taught me a lot.

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Old 07-04-2012, 01:28 AM   #15
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You don't want to wrap them first. The meat will only take on smoke until 140 degrees or so, so you want to leave it unwraped to begin. Most people wrap around 170 or so to speed up the process to final temp.

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BTW, here's my smoker.

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Yuppers, that looks just like mine, Homebeerbrewer, except mine is black!

We "pulled" the pork this morning, and put it in a slow cooker with the juice I saved from yesterday when I took the foil off. We also poured in some homemade sauce. Oh, my! And even though I wrapped the roasts in foil first, they did take on quite a bit of the hickory flavor from the two large chunks I put in the charcoal pan after they were unwrapped.

It did take longer than anticipated to get the temp up to 170°F. I'm glad I bought a digital thermometer with remote reading! That was slick! With outdoor temp around 100°F, I could check the meat temperature while INSIDE the house in the air-conditioning!

The little tidbits I munched on while "pulling" the pork sure were tasty! I'm looking forward to a couple of kaiser rolls topped with the pork mixture and a large spoonful of homemade cole slaw...along with a homebrew, of course!

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Yuppers, that looks just like mine, Homebeerbrewer, except mine is black!

We "pulled" the pork this morning, and put it in a slow cooker with the juice I saved from yesterday when I took the foil off. We also poured in some homemade sauce. Oh, my! And even though I wrapped the roasts in foil first, they did take on quite a bit of the hickory flavor from the two large chunks I put in the charcoal pan after they were unwrapped.

It did take longer than anticipated to get the temp up to 170°F. I'm glad I bought a digital thermometer with remote reading! That was slick! With outdoor temp around 100°F, I could check the meat temperature while INSIDE the house in the air-conditioning!

The little tidbits I munched on while "pulling" the pork sure were tasty! I'm looking forward to a couple of kaiser rolls topped with the pork mixture and a large spoonful of homemade cole slaw...along with a homebrew, of course!

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Once the meat gets into the 150-165 range, it will stall at that temp range for a few hours and drive you nuts.
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Thanks, Olive Drab, that is EXACTLY what happened! And I guess you just have to wait it out, correct?

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There are still some great info on how I mod these little upright smokers to where they cook like a uds (ugly drum smoker that cooks as easy as an oven). Search. Seal that things door and lid. Modify the charcoal pan and enjoy. Also. If you fill the water pan with sand. It will hold temp way longer. Lump charcoal will give you way longer burn time with a tenth of the ashes. Of using brickets. Google the minion method for charcoal

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