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Old 03-12-2011, 07:40 AM   #1
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Smoke Daddy's Big Kahuna - My New Toy

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I modded/overclocked my Traeger, and I might have done smoked myself retarded already.





Blog Post: http://www.eatapedia.com/?p=884
Unboxing and first real run: <-- CRAZY amount of smoke, I was just playing around.
My first run, which was a DISASTER!:

For those who don't know, the thing with a Traeger is, you can smoke, or you can cook at a higher temp (> 200). Not really both at the same time. Yes, you generate some smoke at higher temps, but not enough, IMO. This will allow me to smoke the bejesus out of my meat, while cooking at a higher temp, and a shorter time. I don't imagine I will use it for long cooks, like shoulders or brisket.

I did an upright chicken, and it was good. Needed more smoke, but I did it at 350, it was done (relatively) quickly, the skin was crispy (yay!) and the bird was delicious.

Thursday, we smoked some "Chipotle-rubbed, hickory-smoked bacon-wrapped wings"! Freaking delicious. Much better than the ones I did for Super Bowl, (http://www.eatapedia.com/?p=825) thanks to the extra smoke.

OMFG they were good!! The beers might have helped. But ain't that what good BBQ is about?

Man, I love playing with new BBQ toys!!!

(Right now, I have a nice 8 pound brisket, which just finished a night of Hickory Love. No SmokeDaddy for this, though....)
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Old 03-12-2011, 01:57 PM   #2
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Great plan on adding some smoke to the pellet pooper. That the most frequent complaint I hear from folks who own the things..which is it dont get stuff smokey enough to suit em sometimes. Got one pal who cures the problemo by using a smoke only feature for a few hours before bringing it up to cooking temps. Now seems like I talked to some who have Traegers but do not have the cold smoke capability. Might only be the real fancy ones which have that. Dont think it comes standard on the Pink Pig anyway.
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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Hey bigwheel,

You're absolutely right, and that's usually how I do chicken: An hour or two on "smoke" (anywhere from 130 - 180), then I crank it to 375 for 30 minutes to an hour to get the bird cooked through and the skin crispy. You end up with a tasty bird, but that skin just never recovers from having been smoked for 2 hours...it turns to leather and I usually don't eat it. Wings are different, since they are fatty and baste themselves, I just do them a little higher, maybe 250-275 for a couple hours. When I want to do them for 3 or 4 hours, I have to wrap them in bacon to keep the skin from drying out completely. Yeah, that's why I wrap them in bacon, the skin, see.
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Yes I can see your point on the bacon deal. Didnt really think about bird skin but sure could see where that smoke only plan could turn it to leather. You ever tried Smo Fried birds? That supposed to put a real nice crispy skin on em. Lot of trouble and I am not allowed to fry barnyard avians since I nearly burnt down the house a few years back.
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