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Old 11-10-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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first smoke is a flop.

Fired up my borrowed WSM 18.5. got to temp threw on some hickory chunks and put the ribs on. I left it alone for 2 hours, didnt touch it. Long story short.......Waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy too much rub, and smoker was too hot says my friend who loaned me the smoker. The ribs were still good after breaking through the super duper black bark. Gonna give it another try in a few days.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

That's what is fun about this hobby, you get to eat your mistakes. Try, try, try again and post some pictures.
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

Do you have any more info as far as what was happening during the cook?
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:52 PM   #4
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

Any idea what your cooking temp was?
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:58 PM   #5
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

Well I believe both thermometers he gave me, the one in the smoker and the digital were wrong. after realizing the the dial therm in the smoker was wroing i layed the digital one in there through the small hole in the side and since the unit had magnets on it i just attatched it to the top of the smoker. To start with initially i threw in two fully lit chimneys of charcoal after about 3.5 hours or so I threw in another fully lit chimney full, which I believe now was too much. The ribs went for a total of just almost 6 hours. And what makes me believe the digital therm wasn't working properly was at one point when i moved it cause it was reading something like 185 it then jumped to 360 or so........ I'm sure the smoker was too hot the whole time....Any suggestions for the next time?
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

Yup...WAY too much lit fuel. Minion method....that's the way.
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

Scotty is right. Too much fuel.
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:29 AM   #8
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

Yup.
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

And what is the "Minion Method?"
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Re: first smoke is a flop.

Might want to check your thermometers in some boing water as well to see just how far off they are.
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