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Old 04-11-2011, 02:56 PM   #1
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My first go with the WSM

Thanks to the help from folks on here, I recently used my WSM for the first time. Here's a short video on my experience. I smoked a brisket. The day before the cook I applied a rub. I used garlic, onion, and chili powder, as well as salt & pepper and old bay. I did not use mustard. I used olive oil. The brisket was 5 lbs. I was able to keep the temperature at 250 during the entire cook. I wanted to cook it at 225 but I could not get the temp dowm. It was my first time so I will eventually figure out how to use the WSM much better. The brisket cooked from about 10:30am to 6:30 pm. Enjoy the video.

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Old 04-11-2011, 03:03 PM   #2
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Re: My first go with the WSM

It's hard to keep a brand-new WSM at a low temp the first couple of cooks, until the shiny inside gets well coated.
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Looks good to me. Next time put foil on the inside of the water pan. Makes clean up way too easy.

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Re: My first go with the WSM

SMALL adjustments to the vents, and wait 20-30 minutes to let it settle in. It'll come back to temp on it's own.
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Re: My first go with the WSM

Nice first cook. You might want to buy a pair of Forney welding gloves from Amazon-inexpensive and much better than oven mitts.
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SMALL adjustments to the vents, and wait 20-30 minutes to let it settle in. It'll come back to temp on it's own.
I sat with the smoker for almost the entire cook adjusting the vents. There were times that I had them almost shut. The temp still kept at 250. I need to break in my WSM more and I need more practice. I'll figure it out!
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Nice first cook. You might want to buy a pair of Forney welding gloves from Amazon-inexpensive and much better than oven mitts.
Thanks for the tip. I'll do that!
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I think it looked great I wish we smellovison
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I have the 22.5 WSM and I've found that the temp is a factor of what kind of fuel you're using, how much charcoal you dump on the pile to start it and how long you keep the lid off while fussing with things.

I generally use lump charcoal with a bed of Stubb's briquets on the bottom charcoal rack to keep the small pieces of lump from falling through. When I start the fire, either for beef or chicken, I only use a half chimney of hot coals and I don't put them in a hole in the coal bed, just on top of the fuel. The vent on top is always wide open and the three vents at the bottom are usually only half open. After about 10 minutes, I put the meat on the racks and close the lid.

Every time you open the lid, it allows a lot of air into the pit. The immediate result is a lowering of the pit temperature but soon after, it will get those coals going a lot hotter than you need to control a low and slow cook. Also, don't worry about keeping a consistent temp of 225 for the entire cook. I'm generally satisfied with a range between 225 and 280 or so. It's the peaks and valleys in the temperature that adds crust and character to the flavor of your finished product.

Nice job with your first brisket. You made yourself a hero in your family. It was easy to hear all the excitement in the background.
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Nice first cook. Looked good and the taste is what counts. It always tastes better when you put your hard sweat into your cook. It is a learning process you have to learn the machine. With mine there was no basic how to on it since it was custom built and I was the first owner so no history on how it cooked, but luckily it cooked like a champ right out of the chute. Congrats on your first one under your belt with many more to come.
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