Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Astrobeerman » January 26th, 2013, 12:40 am

Here she is guys.........thoughts?
Gonna try my first brisket tomorrow........oh CANNOT wait

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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Rodcrafter » January 26th, 2013, 9:42 am

:points: :points: :points:

It looks great, I love brisket, what size brisket are you going to cook and how are you doing it?


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Astrobeerman » January 26th, 2013, 12:19 pm

I'm using Head County Championship rub, setting at 225 (wanna point out there is about a 50-60 deg temp ddiff near wall and center...that's crazy to me).......9#s.........when internal gets to 155 wraping in foil with coke inside.....then putting back......at 175....unwrap......finish at 190-195.......wrap in towels....place in cooler.....cut in 1.5 hours.....

Will let u know how it is...I'm so excited.....lol



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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Smokeone » January 26th, 2013, 9:36 pm

:LG:
Waiting for the brisket, making me hungry now. :needfood:


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by The Czar » January 26th, 2013, 9:41 pm

What...no pics?

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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Rodcrafter » January 26th, 2013, 10:32 pm

Astrobeerman wrote:I'm using Head County Championship rub, setting at 225 (wanna point out there is about a 50-60 deg temp ddiff near wall and center...that's crazy to me).......9#s.........when internal gets to 155 wraping in foil with coke inside.....then putting back......at 175....unwrap......finish at 190-195.......wrap in towels....place in cooler.....cut in 1.5 hours.....

Will let u know how it is...I'm so excited.....lol

Sounds like a nice process, I'll have to give that a try. Until then I'll be waiting with Tom for samples.


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Astrobeerman » January 27th, 2013, 12:58 am

Woop woop......came out FABULOUS.....my only thought was "why is my smoke ring so small? And how can I get it bigger"
Ithe fact that my temps weren't fully in control at first could have contributed to a small ring

Anyy ways........here it goes

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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Frank_Cox » January 27th, 2013, 8:38 am

Looks Great!!!
are you sure your thermometer was calibrated? you may have been running hotter than you think. I don't see anything wrong with that brisket tho! How long was the brisket in the foil? it doesn't take long to hit 160 ish on a brisket. once you are there it will stall and hang at 160ish for several hours. I don't usually foil till after the stall or right at the end of it. If you had foiled right at 160 that could be one reason for the small smoke ring.


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Astrobeerman » January 27th, 2013, 11:03 am

Well this is actually what happened fo me:

My temp control for center of UDS was a analog thermometer. It was the temp gauge that is used when frying a turkey. Its long but was not touching any grate or anything. Basically it was suspended....and when it all stabilied, stayed in the 250 range.
I used a digital meat thermometer. It got to the high 140s and stalled. After about 6-7 hours, it hits 155 (mahogany color)and I wrap in foil. Icome back an hour later and its at 184.....total weight 8.7lbs......total cook time 10 hours....



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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Astrobeerman » January 27th, 2013, 11:06 am

Not sure how long it stalled in that high 140s.....



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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by The Czar » January 27th, 2013, 2:39 pm

Man that thing looked juicy.....where did you say your at again when you cooking next? :D


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Tom_Heath » January 30th, 2013, 10:59 pm

For the most part meat quits taking smoke at about 140.

Maybe thermo was a little off , maybe it was room temp when it hit the grate.

Lots of little things make the ring show different. Even some rubs enhance the ring.
Would have to talk to some of the elec smoker guys for the exact info on that one though.

Looks great man,


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by The Czar » January 31st, 2013, 8:12 am

For the most part meat quits taking smoke at about 140.

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Why do you make this claim.... :huh:

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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by shskr » February 6th, 2013, 3:13 pm

From my experience the smoke process is usually in the first 4 hours, after that it does not make the smoke ring any wider, so lots of smoke the first 4 hrs. :beer:



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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by The Czar » February 6th, 2013, 8:52 pm

Interesting......so maybe no BS card shall be thrown...

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Post by shskr » February 9th, 2013, 1:52 pm

dcman (The Czar) wrote:Interesting......so maybe no BS card shall be thrown...

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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by BBsSmokeShack » September 28th, 2014, 6:48 pm

Guys I'm building a fire basket for my old cooker and was looking on here about rebar. I bought some rebar at Lowe's yesterday but want to take it back if possible. It's weld able rebar and costs a lot more...$10 for 6' as opposed to $4 for 8' of the standard stuff. What I've read is that the weld isn't strong enough...but that's referring to structural rebar. Can I use the standard stuff for a charcoal basket? Thanks.


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Puff » September 28th, 2014, 9:00 pm

I know if you can find. Steel supplier in your area, you can buy steel rod for that same money and usually 10-12' lengths


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Big T » September 28th, 2014, 9:27 pm

:yth: I have used rebar that I got from job sites to build fire baskets and never had any problems.


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Puff » September 28th, 2014, 9:47 pm

The grate in my gravity feed is made from rebar. I have a funny feeling the heat might cause it to bend but not a lot....it was sitting on the floor and I wanted to get rid of it. My other grate is solid 5/8 square bar And heavy so if it's a problem, the other one is ready to swap in.


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by BBsSmokeShack » September 29th, 2014, 4:27 am

Thank you! I'm takin it back!


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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Rodcrafter » September 29th, 2014, 6:22 am

Your "Q" looks great. As for the smoke ring, I don't think you can beat a stick burner for the ring. A UDS and many vertical smokers are so fuel efficient that there really isn't all that much exposure to the very thing that causes it. The smoke ring is caused by nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas. Which comes from combustion of the fuel, so when the fuel is cleaner the less it will effect the ring. Like an electric smoker really won't have one at all.

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Re: Beginning the Journey of Building (First Build)

Post by Mmmmm » October 4th, 2014, 11:50 pm

Late to this party, but what kind of charcoal were you using when you cooked the brisket?



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