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Old 01-14-2011, 07:52 AM   #1
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Cold Weather BBQ

So i got this new propane smoker for Christmas and i've only had one chance to use it so far. Mind you i'm in PA, and i think the high today is somewhere around 26 or so. Anyway tomorrow we have the Pens game followed by the Steelers game, and i'd love nothing more than to smoke a pork butt and have some nice tender, juicy, smoky pulled pork sammiches. Anyone ever do any cold weather smoking and have any tips and/or suggestions for me. I'm sure it's doable i'll just need to crank the propane a little more, Just figured i'd ask around for some tips.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:31 AM   #2
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Cant imagine too much of a problemo with it. Is the pit insulated by any chance? That should help if it is. If you have trouble keeping up the heat because of either cold wind or falling type weather a a big washtub turned upside down over the top of the cooker helps a lot..as does some type of wind screen..piece of braced up plywood etc.

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Old 01-14-2011, 09:44 AM   #3
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Well the side of my house where i have the smoker all the wind is pretty much blocked by the house so i'm not too concerned about wind, and no it's not insulated at all. I just didn't know if i'd be fighting a losing battle trying to smoke something when it's 20 degrees outside. I'll probably go ahead and give er a try and see what happens.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:04 AM   #4
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Most of what you learn about Q and your equipment is the "trying" part and that's what makes it fun. You'll do great, even if the cook doesn't turn out as good as you would like. For sure, the next time will be better.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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I'd say crank up the gas a little and follow what Lew said! I've never used propane, but usually you need more fuel to compensate for the colder weather in any uninsulated cooker. if you want to cook your butt at 225° just do your best to maintain that temperature. Good luck .... and go Steelers!
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:19 PM   #6
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I don't use propane, but have done pork butts with outside temps as low as -20* F with no problem on the WSM. You just use more fuel.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:21 PM   #7
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Well if you got it out of the wind and it dont rain..come freezing rain or sleet you should be good to go. I've cooked in snow a few times and don't recall any major issues. Low temps in general bound to knock it down some in heat production but not enough to worry with I dont think. Keep the big washtub handy just in case. I've seen pics of Griff up in the vast expanses of the frozen North cooking on his WSM surrounded by snowbanks 10 feet high. When it Springtime in Alaska its Forty below. In the Winter it must get to only -20 below.

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It will be fine. Just keep an eye on the pit temp and crank it up if need be! Let us know how it comes out.
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whats warm weather BBQ ?
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