Official 2020 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

JoyfulNoise

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Well now I’m sad ? -

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I opened up my smoker this weekend for the first time in a while (since the end of last year) and found the inside completely mold-ridden. Ugh. Looks like I’ll be spending my day scrapping all the crud out and then doing a long burnout.

Egg-genius’ say you just burn it out but this stuff is thick and I think mechanically getting rid of the rancid black grease and carbon is probably a good idea....between that and a irrigation leak, it’s going to be “fun” Memorial Day Monday....?

And my asbestos lid gasket is shot so that will need replacement.
 
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salty87

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Jan 31, 2017
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Yes, open the sack to clean them. Never thought about keeping them in. How do y’all do it?
In an ice chest, the sack probably does need to be opened now that I think about it more.

I picked up a wash tub similar to this but not this brand and only about half the price- https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/p...tank-2-ft-w-x-4-ft-l-x-1-ft-h-40-gal-capacity

With the 'bugs still in the sack you can completely empty out the dirty water. Just lift the sack out and dump. And,
emptying the sack into the pot is a little easier to manage, imo. But there's a million ways to get the job done. Pulling the plug on the ice chest probably works great, too. Cheers!
 
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Katodude

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Aug 22, 2017
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Well now I’m sad ? -

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I opened up my smoker this weekend for the first time in a while (since the end of last year) and found the inside completely mold-ridden. Ugh. Looks like I’ll be spending my day scrapping all the crud out and then doing a long burnout.

Egg-genius’ say you just burn it out but this stuff is thick and I think mechanically getting rid of the rancid black grease and carbon is probably a good idea....between that and a irrigation leak, it’s going to be “fun” Memorial Day Monday....?

And my asbestos lid gasket is shot so that will need replacement.
Dont stress been there before. You can scrape it if you want first but not really a requirement. Since it looks like you are already removing fire rings etc. I would also remove the firebox and vacuum out all the ash. Then put it back together and light her up and run her real hot. Just let it burn through and it will be all cleared up, grease mold and all. It should even burn off most of the black carbon and you will see the ceramic again.
 
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JoyfulNoise

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Dont stress been there before. You can scrape it if you want first but not really a requirement. Since it looks like you are already removing fire rings etc. I would also remove the firebox and vacuum out all the ash. Then put it back together and light her up and run her real hot. Just let it burn through and it will be all cleared up, grease mold and all. It should even burn off most of the black carbon and you will see the ceramic again.
I decided to pull it all apart. I’ve been wanting to change the asbestos seals anyway. I just mechanically scraped all the crude off, vacuumed everything up and wiped the inside with a clean and dry shop cloth. The hardest part was scraping all the baked on glue from the old seals off. I used a little acetone on a rag to soften the crud up and then scraped with a sharp blade putty knife. Took a bit of elbow grease and once around with a rough 3M scotchbrite pad but now the surfaces are clean. I’m letting everything sit open in the hot Arizona sun (it’s a billion degrees today with 0% chance of humidity) to bake away. Once it’s cooler this evening, I’ll reapply the new seals and get her all buttoned up. Tomorrow will be burn-out day .... ???
 

jimim

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Leftovers tonight. Did A little mix of everything.

meatloaf from the other night with my slaw and bbq sauce from yesterday.

the meatloaf was so much better today!

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JoyfulNoise

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Leftovers tonight. Did A little mix of everything.

meatloaf from the other night with my slaw and bbq sauce from yesterday.

the meatloaf was so much better today!

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I always feel like meatloaf ages well. I’m tempted to make one, cook it, cool it and then have it the next day .... there’s a great restaurant near us that serves all kinds of delicious game meat, seafood, etc. Every Monday is “meatloaf Monday” and you basically have to reserve your order ahead of time or you won’t get it. They use all the scrapes of meat from the previous week (bison, beef, elk, venison, etc), grind it up, add their magic, and viola! Amazing meatloaf.

Dang it, now I’m hungry again ....
 

jimim

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That would be awesome to try! I like meatloaf. I know a lot of people don’t not how can u not like it. It’s just so good!
 

JoyfulNoise

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Some pork tenderloins and prosciutto wrapped asparagus. The asparagus will be serve with a dollop of truffle butter on top and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Yellow saffron rice as well -

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Kush

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My favorite commercial brew. Believe it or not from the gas station I can and did walk to from my house in basically (by Tucson standards anyway) in the middle of nowhere. The owner is a craft beer aficionado. Go figure.

Tomorrow I tackle a beef brisket in the smoker for the first time. Apparently I am going to have to start it in the middle of the night.... Wish me luck.

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If you crutch it ... it will be perfect