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Old 12-28-2011, 12:55 AM   #1
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Got a WSM for christmas.

As the topic implies I received an 18.5 WSM for christmas. Gonna do my first cook tomorrow. Gonna do some ribs for lunch for me and the family. rather cold here tonight, and windy hopefully tomorrow morning the wind resides a bit. I did also receive a 55 gallon drum to drop over the WSM. Will post pictures when the ribs are done. I am super excited to have one of these somkers. I can't wait to smoke in the morning. Will take any tips or advice willingly.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:11 AM   #2
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Use the Minion Method, be patient and remember it takes about 15min for an adjustment to take effect, use only a few small pieces of wood. Oh yeah cover the water pan with two wide strips of foil before you fill it it will make clean up easier. I use sand in my pan but I'm assuming that you are going to use water for your first cook.
Don't fight the temps if it sets up a little higher than you want it go with it..the same with if it's a little lower. If you are looking you aren't cooking..leave the lid on as much as possible.

Couple of questions
What kind of charcoal?
Why kind of wood?
Water/sand in pan?
What kind off ribs?
Are you going to use the texas crutch?

Once the ribs are on think about going to the store and picking up some chicken thighs and a fattie. You can toss that stuff on after the ribs are done and you still have charcoal left.

Have fun and if you have any questions the people on this fourm are good to provide answers..you might get 10 different answers to the same question but...
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:57 AM   #3
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Re: Got a WSM for christmas.

where are you located and how cold is it?
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Re: Got a WSM for christmas.

Great advice from Wittdog, enjoy your new toy and be sure to post pictures from the set up through the "PLATED' picture
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Re: Got a WSM for christmas.

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where are you located and how cold is it?
See, if everybody would put their LOCATION in their profile, Cappy could have given some good advise instead of asking for more information BEFORE he could give you good advise. Like right here, I call 60 degrees "too cold" and last night it was way down to 45. Now around here, that's considered FREEZING!!!

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22 here and Bob I feel sooooo sorry for you. Why don't I move to Florida or better yet So. Cal next door to Vermin 999
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22 here and Bob I feel sooooo sorry for you. Why don't I move to Florida or better yet So. Cal next door to Vermin 999
Yeah, Sure you do.

I vote for next to Vermin 999. His food looks LOTS better, and much more of it.

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Use the Minion Method, be patient and remember it takes about 15min for an adjustment to take effect, use only a few small pieces of wood. Oh yeah cover the water pan with two wide strips of foil before you fill it it will make clean up easier. I use sand in my pan but I'm assuming that you are going to use water for your first cook.
Don't fight the temps if it sets up a little higher than you want it go with it..the same with if it's a little lower. If you are looking you aren't cooking..leave the lid on as much as possible.

Couple of questions
What kind of charcoal?
Why kind of wood?
Water/sand in pan?
What kind off ribs?
Are you going to use the texas crutch?

Once the ribs are on think about going to the store and picking up some chicken thighs and a fattie. You can toss that stuff on after the ribs are done and you still have charcoal left.

Have fun and if you have any questions the people on this fourm are good to provide answers..you might get 10 different answers to the same question but...
Kingsford, oak, water(only cause I have no sand), spare ribs trimmed down STL style, Dont know what the texas crutch is. Minion method is being used.
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where are you located and how cold is it?
Central Illinois, this morning it is a fantastic 31 degrees here. There is however no wind, so maybe I wont need to use the 55 gallon drum. we'll see.
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If you use the 55 gallon drum, put some bricks under it to get air in. But 31 degrees won't warranty a drum. Stick with Witts advise!
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If you use the 55 gallon drum, put some bricks under it to get air in. But 31 degrees won't warranty a drum. Stick with Witts advise!
I have 3 cinder blocks on end positioned around the wsm. I did this before I realized I probably wouldn't need them.
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[quote=Bob In Fla.]
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Originally Posted by "Captain Morgan":1py485pg
where are you located and how cold is it?
See, if everybody would put their LOCATION in their profile, Cappy could have given some good advise instead of asking for more information BEFORE he could give you good advise. Like right here, I call 60 degrees "too cold" and last night it was way down to 45. Now around here, that's considered FREEZING!!!

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I thought I had my location on there, but I was wrong. It's there now.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:56 AM   #15
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Re: Got a WSM for christmas.

Just searched the texas crutch. No i'm not planning on doin that.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:19 AM   #16
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Sounds like you are good to go. The outside temp isn't as big of as a deal as wind. Sounds like your good to go. First cook the wsm might run on the hotter side


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Going to be 77 degrees here today but the low is a nippy 44 degrees. I always fill the water pan with liquid in my WSM. Tried the sand and didn't like it. It gave off an after taste.
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That's an excellant gift! You must have been very good this year! Keep it up and post some pics!
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:42 PM   #19
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Well, put the ribs on at 9:15 this morning, took them off at 2:15temp floated between 225 and 250 most of the time. Not as good as id hoped they would be. I felt they had too much chew. I'm thinkin they didnt go long enough. I didnt open the for the first 3 hours. at the 4th hour I added a half chimney of lit charcoal temp came back up to 250, it was dowb to 215-220. The wife didnt care for them much and like I said they had too much chew, I though. So I took what was left of the rack and put it back on the smoker wrapped in foil along with the trimming that came from the rack that ya cut off to make em STL style. I think I'll just forget about em for another hour or so and give em a check then......I dont want to practice at this, I just want to be good at it now.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:01 PM   #20
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Yeah sounds like they needed an extra hour or more. Alot of people around here use the 3 2 1 method for ribs. I didn't think about mentioning it becuase I don't use it.
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