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Old 04-01-2006, 06:46 AM   #1
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Boston Butt smoking...Making Lump Charcoal shortly

I'm smoking a boston butt. Put it on at 5:35 this morning. I'm also using a charcoal basket I had a friend make. I'm trying to get a slideshow up so bare with me if it doesn't. I'll edit as necessary.


Here are the pictures in the slideshow.

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Looking good Craig! I could use a Pulled Pork sandwich right about now!!!
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The butts at 128 and smoker at 226 the time 8:30AM. I'm also making lump charcoal. I started it about 7:15 AM
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Sweet ! Can't wait to see the finished pics!
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Is that a Chargriller pit?
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Boston Butt smoking...Making Lump Charcoal shortly (Updated)

The Boston butt came out fine. It was a little dry in only a small area. The brined chicken thighs tasted fine but the skin was rubbery. I over cooked them some. I should have used the Weber kettle for the chicken thighs. The lump charcoal was a success.

I use a charcoal basket this time and use pecan wood. I missed the smoke flavor of my hickory. I mainly used lump charcoal and only a few sticks of pecan for smoke flavor. I was trying a fire management according to Dan from the homebbq.com knowledge base site. His method allowed for me to have about 5 ½ hours of pretty steady temperature without added any more lump during this time. After 5 ½ hours I added a load of lump charcoal unlit almost filling the basket then a lit chimney of lump on top. This got me through the end. I’ll post a chart later.

Here are the pictures.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cleglue/April22006/
This album will be deleted after awhile. I am reaching my limit.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:59 AM   #8
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I started the lump about 7:15 and let it go until about 3:00PM. This is the third batch I have made. I also kept a fire under it most of the time. It really doesn't seem to keep the heat going itself when the gassing starts.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cleglue/Charcoal-Making/

http://usera.imagecave.com/cleglue/Charcoal-Making2/
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:30 AM   #9
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brian j,

The flames in the second album was partly because the lid on the retort wasn't on too well. It still leaks threw when gassing began. In the album pictures I had reloaded with alot of wood under and on side of the retort and as stated before the retort was leaking. That was some fire going on!
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Old 04-06-2006, 09:30 PM   #10
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yankton67,

I use the lump just like you see it. They are pretty fragile and if you shack the bag they will break up. I try not to do that.
I guess you can break them up it you need to.

Here are pictures of my first and second attempts.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cleglue/Charcoal-Making/

http://usera.imagecave.com/cleglue/Charcoal-Making2

Let me know if you need any help. Just let it burn a long time. I started the fire about 7:15AM and removed the retort about 2 or 3 PM. The key is keep it hot.

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