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Old 07-13-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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I got myself the low-end chargriller with side box and thought I'd be able to smoke a butt overnight and only tend to the fuel every 2-3 hours but uh, no. Fail. I got some learnin to do.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
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There are some things you can do to that unit I have seen. I have a UDS as well as a CTO but never had a chargriller. With a little modifications you can get that unit to perform 100% better.
www.thesmokering.com has some advice.

 
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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this may be sacrilege, but if i'm cooking over night and don't want to keep up with the wood. i'll smoke the night before for three or four hours (till i'm drunk and ready to sleep) then take the but up stairs and put it in the crock pot over night. from what i read the meat will only take so much smoke before its saturated. if you don't have a crock pot the oven works too if you wrap the meat in tin foil. like i said it may be frowned upon by the bbq gods, but it has given me good results

 
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:35 PM   #4
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this may be sacrilege, but if i'm cooking over night and don't want to keep up with the wood. i'll smoke the night before for three or four hours (till i'm drunk and ready to sleep) then take the but up stairs and put it in the crock pot over night. from what i read the meat will only take so much smoke before its saturated. if you don't have a crock pot the oven works too if you wrap the meat in tin foil. like i said it may be frowned upon by the bbq gods, but it has given me good results
Hand over your man-card. Crock-pots are for cheese dip and keeping chili warm.

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Old 07-13-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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haha. i do like cooking on the grill better, but i also like sleep. if i was cooking for dinner and i was awake early enough in the morning i would prefer to cook all day on the smoker. mmm, beers and smoking meat all day? probably my favorite thing to do. but i know that if i try to cook all night i will eventually not wake up and let the fire die.

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Old 07-13-2011, 01:43 PM   #6
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Slow and cold. I've never left anything in a smoker overnight unless we are in a competition. In that case time allowed and quantity of meat go hand in hand. That said, start early in the day, prep your coal bed and go. Low temps around 200 f. Just stop by the pit ever so often check the temp.

 
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:46 PM   #7
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this may be sacrilege, but if i'm cooking over night and don't want to keep up with the wood. i'll smoke the night before for three or four hours (till i'm drunk and ready to sleep) then take the but up stairs and put it in the crock pot over night. from what i read the meat will only take so much smoke before its saturated. if you don't have a crock pot the oven works too if you wrap the meat in tin foil. like i said it may be frowned upon by the bbq gods, but it has given me good results
If you are going to do that then at least do it in the oven on its lowest setting and not the crock pot.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:46 PM   #8
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Use lump charcoal and add wood chunks for smoke. You will have less tending to do.

 
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:54 PM   #9
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Slow and cold. I've never left anything in a smoker overnight unless we are in a competition. In that case time allowed and quantity of meat go hand in hand. That said, start early in the day, prep your coal bed and go. Low temps around 200 f. Just stop by the pit ever so often check the temp.
I do pork butts on the Big Green Egg overnight all the time. I use a BBQ Guru E-Temp Pit Minder which keeps my egg temp at 210 for the 20+ hours to smoke 32 lbs of pork for some awesome pulled pork.

 
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:03 PM   #10
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Bobby, I have that exact Chargriller and the mods do help. As is, it's very hot at the firebox end and not very hot (at grate-level) on the stack end. The instruction manual says to use whole logs but I haven't tried that yet (I wouldn't know where to get good meat smoking logs anyway). TBH, I haven't smoked on mine much and still have some learnin' to do as well but some carefully placed HD alum foil can help it quite a bit.
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