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

red-beard

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May 27, 2019
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Houston, TX
The beauty of the design is with the single probe you get both the internal temp of the meat and the smoker temp. I tested three at the same time last week.

I like to "smoke" steaks. You smoke them around 225-275F until they a rare/medium rare. You then heat a skillet in the kitchen to give the sear. Smokey, tender and a good sear. Takes about 35-45 minutes depending on the thickness of the steaks. I would love to have two smokers setup so I could do the final sear with charcoal. Home Depot sells a table-top kamado for $279, which I have my eye on for a sale...

On "smoking day", I usually do 2 or three things in sucession. The smoker is already setup, so I might as well keep going. And then we freeze 90% so we have weeks of quick meals. I made 7 smoked chicken breasts last Sunday. We will finish eating those today.

BTW, on boneless skinless breasts, Cherry > Apple.
 
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Apsuhead

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Apr 27, 2020
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Clarksville TN
Home Depot sells a table-top kamado for $279, which I have my eye on for a sale...
I got a tabletop smoker on clearance years ago and I love it! I’m smoking ribs today, I just have to cut them in half to fit. I’ve smoked ribs, brisket, boston butts, chicken, and even whole turkeys on it. It’s nice because it only uses a handful of lump charcoal each time because it’s so small. 👍 530B7770-8C0E-4C3F-AC22-F5A3B94D0865.jpeg
 

Brentr

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Oct 18, 2009
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These little eggs have become very popular. I see many different brands. I remember years ago there was only one brand, I was given one but I did not like it because it was too much trouble for me. I am not much for the disposal of charcoal, nearly burnt down the neighbor hood behind me when I was getting rid of the ashes :cheers:
 

jark87

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Jun 5, 2011
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Flower Mound, TX
Darn it - forgot to take pics of my beef fajitas (skirt steak) last night. 3 minute cook and they were perfect - juicy, tender and still pink in the middle, even though they are incredibly thin! Wife made street corn and Mexican rice to round out a great meal while we cheered on the Stars to a game 1 victory in the Stanley Cup Finals! Ghost margaritas certainly added to the festivities.
 

jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
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NE/Pa
Bought wife a smoker last week. First attempt at some ribs...not so good but edible. Any tricks of the trade with these electric smokers?
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I have an egg.

I have had a lot of trial and error with ribs. Deff a learning process.

so what I have learned so far. And this is from some awesome coaching here and a Texan friend.

only baby backs.
I dry rub 24-48 hrs and wrap in foil. Not plastic.
cook at 225 vs anything higher.
I use 211 last time 2 hr smoke 1 hr wrapped 1 hr unwrapped saused. Those were my best so far from the report of the wife, neighbor, and sister in law. I also agree with them.
my Texan buddy says 3 hrs and done for baby backs. Sauce half way through. Haven’t tried that yet. But my 211 was awesome!
 

jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
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Brent. I like the probe setup. I’ll have to look into them. I don’t know if I can pull myself from my ThermoWorks signals though.
 

jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
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Brent. Ok now I’m interested. How does it estimate cooking time? Do u tell it weight of meat? Thickness? How would it know?
 

jark87

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Jun 5, 2011
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Flower Mound, TX
Pool may have cover on it, but this is my favorite time of year for smoking. Perfect day today - mid 80s and no humidity. Baby backs on the Pit Barrel - super easy and ready to eat in under 3 hours. About to put some Caribbean corn on the grill...
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jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
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Pool may have cover on it, but this is my favorite time of year for smoking. Perfect day today - mid 80s and no humidity. Baby backs on the Pit Barrel - super easy and ready to eat in under 3 hours. About to put some Caribbean corn on the grill...
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Does urs run hot. My buddies does. He said it always had but it never affected his cooks