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Best first time smoked ribs/brisket recipe: https://amazingribs.com/tested-recipes/spice-rubs-and-pastes/big-bad-beef-rub-recipe

Chickens taste better when cooked whole. Pickles taste better cut. Sandwiches taste better cut and bitten from inside. Meat tastes better sliced against grain.


Definitely a smoker is a personal choice, and what is better depends on what you are looking for.  I say it's a balance of goals, between: (i) making good food, (ii) making authentic BBQ, (iii) having fun with the maaseh of smoking, and (iv) convenience.  Items (iii) and (iv) don't only conflict, they directly oppose each other.

I opted for items (i) and (iv) so went PBC.  I would say WSM is also mostly a (i) and (iv) choice, but it brings in extra elements of (ii) and (iii), at a slight cost to (iv).  Maybe WSM also better at (i)--I have no idea either way.

Further to the above:

If all you want is good food, get a sous vide.

If all you want is authentic BBQ, get a huge offset smoker that you feed with split logs.

If all you want is having fun with the maaseh of smoking, again, get a huge offset smoker.

If all you want is convenience, use your oven.


Henche's PBC review
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43018.msg1439199#msg1439199
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #105 on: August 04, 2015, 03:47:11 PM »
What's the difference betwean you two!!!

Very simple, one is a traveler and one isn't... Not sure why you'd ask such a silly question  :o :P ;D :P
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« Reply #106 on: August 04, 2015, 09:22:24 PM »
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #107 on: August 06, 2015, 03:56:27 PM »
What's the difference betwean you two!!!
One of us travels more?  :o
Also I assume we use different rubs on our smoked meats...

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #108 on: December 14, 2015, 01:33:53 PM »
What Bbq Smoker Thermometer should I get?  The main thing is to monitor the temp of the smoker so if it only has one probe, then that is what I need it to do.

Right now, it looks like the iGrill2 or the Maverick ET 732/733 (or is there another one I should consider)

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #109 on: December 14, 2015, 01:45:30 PM »
What Bbq Smoker Thermometer should I get?  The main thing is to monitor the temp of the smoker so if it only has one probe, then that is what I need it to do.

Right now, it looks like the iGrill2 or the Maverick ET 732/733 (or is there another one I should consider)

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I think monitoring the meat is pretty important too. i would get one with dual. That being said, for now I use the built in thermometer for the grill (even though they say it's not so accurate)
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #110 on: December 14, 2015, 11:05:57 PM »
What Bbq Smoker Thermometer should I get?  The main thing is to monitor the temp of the smoker so if it only has one probe, then that is what I need it to do.

Right now, it looks like the iGrill2 or the Maverick ET 732/733 (or is there another one I should consider)

Thanks

I ended up going with the iGrill2.  Coupon code SMOKE got me a free ambient probe worth $25

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #111 on: January 13, 2016, 02:00:33 PM »
Here's the meat smoking thread.

I bought myself a Pit Barrel Cooker, with my bonus.  I love it.

Where do y'all buy meat? I'd like to buy a case of briskets or so, and I'd like to buy ribs also.  I'm more into price than quality, since the whole point of slow cooking is that you can use tough meat.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #112 on: February 15, 2016, 11:52:06 PM »

I smoked a 5-pound brisket yesterday and it was phenomenal!

I trimmed a lot of the fat, leaving only a thin layer. I applied the Big Bad Beef Rub. Because the meat was kashured with salt, I didnít add any to the rub. I applied it right before putting the meat on the grill. The main reason to season beforehand is to allow the salt to penetrate the meat (almost all other spices used are too big to penetrate) so I didnít think it would be necessary to marinate overnight.
I set the grill up in the ďsnake methodĒ and added hickory chips to the first half of it. I then placed a large water pan in the bare area and placed the meat on top of that. This configuration helped deflect some of the direct heat from the coals. I placed it fat cap down because I wanted a good bark to form. The temperature was stable at 225 for several hours without any intervention.
As soon as the meat hit 143F, I wrapped it tightly with two layers of heavy-duty foil. I poured a little beer into the foil before sealing it. This method helped me avoid the dreaded stall altogether.
It was getting late so I cheated a little and put the wrapped brisket into my gas grill set at 300F (still indirect heat though). This helped me get the temperate up to 204 within a couple of hours. As soon as I got to temp, I pulled the meat from the grill and let it rest for about 30 minutes still wrapped tightly. I unwrapped it and sliced it perpendicular to the grain and it came out butter soft. The rub I used is a little peppery so it might not be for everyone but the texture of the meat was amazing. You could eat it without a knife.

If you havenít tried smoking meat yet, I highly recommend it.
i know this is old post but I just bought a smoker and can't wait to start I have been doing a ton of reading on smoking brisket so I'm wondering a 5 pound brisket how long did it take they say 16 pound could take 18 hours. Also what cut brisket did u use?

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #113 on: February 16, 2016, 01:32:50 AM »
i know this is old post but I just bought a smoker and can't wait to start I have been doing a ton of reading on smoking brisket so I'm wondering a 5 pound brisket how long did it take they say 16 pound could take 18 hours. Also what cut brisket did u use?
Good luck with the smoker, you'll love it.
5 pounds will probably take 10-12 hrs. But it allways varies.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #114 on: February 16, 2016, 01:34:17 AM »
Here's the meat smoking thread.

I bought myself a Pit Barrel Cooker, with my bonus.  I love it.

Where do y'all buy meat? I'd like to buy a case of briskets or so, and I'd like to buy ribs also.  I'm more into price than quality, since the whole point of slow cooking is that you can use tough meat.
You ever get an answer? I've been wondering the same. For now I get brislets as special order from the local grocery but its not the best.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #115 on: February 16, 2016, 03:42:42 AM »
You ever get an answer? I've been wondering the same. For now I get brislets as special order from the local grocery but its not the best.

Which smoker you get?

My current method is watching the sales in NY and then begging my siblings to buy for me. The jerks didn't get me anything 2 weeks ago when seasons had brisket for 6 dollars.

Re ribs, my plan is that when flanken is like 10 a pound, I'll ask for the whole rack at that price. 10 a poind for ribs that actually have meat on them would be a good price.

I've been having a lot of success with chickens. I stick a whole chicken in for 2-3 hours, and it may not be beef, but its delicious. I've also done a quarter of a turkey (breast), and that was also really good, although I liked chicken better.

I tried a minute roast, and probably won't do that again although it was pretty good.

I've done ribs and that was excellent. I haven't done a brisket yet because I'm waiting to be a bit better at this before I stick a 90 dollar piece of meat in.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #116 on: February 16, 2016, 03:47:38 AM »
The jerks didn't get me anything 2 weeks ago when seasons had brisket for 6 dollars.

I hope they don't read DDF or you're never getting again from them

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« Reply #117 on: February 16, 2016, 03:48:54 AM »
I hope they don't read DDF or you're never getting again from them

They do, but won't figure out this is me, since IRL I spell my name hentsha.

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« Reply #118 on: February 16, 2016, 03:59:56 AM »
They do, but won't figure out this is me, since IRL I spell my name hentsha.
Wonderful, good to see you took necessary precautions

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« Reply #119 on: February 16, 2016, 07:39:26 AM »

Wonderful, good to see you took necessary precautions

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