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HoosierKettle

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2018, 05:46:33 AM »

Whatís the red and yellow sauces you use/make?


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The yellow is a honey mustard jalapeŮo sauce. The red is a tangy bbq sauce. Just ketchup brown sugar cider vinegar mustard and some various spices.


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HoosierKettle

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Continuing my obsession
« Reply #31 on: March 21, 2018, 03:26:29 PM »
I was going to run a dry pan and use both levels tonight but I couldnít help it. I had to go no pan again. Itís just so good. No smoke wood.  Flavor over coals is enough.  This is live action so Iíll post an update.

The more I use the wsm, the more I like it. I thought about selling it a couple months after I bought it but Iím glad I didnít. Itís a very versatile cooker. I would really like the mini and the 22.

Itís my second favorite cooker closely behind the 26 now.





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« Last Edit: March 21, 2018, 03:28:31 PM by HoosierKettle »

HoosierKettle

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #32 on: March 21, 2018, 04:12:37 PM »
One hour and I flipped them. All vents open and no peeking. They will probably go another half hour to an hour.




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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #33 on: March 21, 2018, 05:59:35 PM »
Pictures didnít turn out great but the chicken did. Cooking at 300, the chicken stalled at 156. I finished in the oven. I didnít anticipate that so total cook time was 2.5 hours. Kind of a drag but chicken turned out perfect.




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bbqmike

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2018, 07:11:09 PM »
Looks grate!


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Firemunkee

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #35 on: March 21, 2018, 07:13:16 PM »
Looks delicious!

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HoosierKettle

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #36 on: March 22, 2018, 05:51:31 AM »
Thanks fellas. I would have liked to be cooking more in the 325+ range. Chicken takes quite awhile in the 300 range evidently. Either that or allow more time. It really tasted great though. Next time I will probably throw a small chunk of smoke wood in as well. They were extremely juicy and the oven finish crisped the skin up.


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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #37 on: April 21, 2018, 06:33:38 AM »
@HoosierKettle, BTW, 300 measured with lid thermo or a probe on the grate?

HoosierKettle

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #38 on: April 21, 2018, 07:17:17 AM »

@HoosierKettle, BTW, 300 measured with lid thermo or a probe on the grate?

I use the removable lid thermo from my gen 2 performer inserted through the lid vent on the wsm. Ive tested it and itís reliable and accurate. Unlike the weber thermo I permanently installed in the lid.


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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #39 on: April 21, 2018, 07:30:42 AM »
Ok, thnx for feedback


HoosierKettle

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #40 on: April 21, 2018, 09:02:21 AM »
Iím using the mini with no pan today. I cut the back out and separated into whole chicken halves. I havenít done that before that I can remember.

The mini is a precision cooker. I cracked the lid to quickly boost temp to 350 then put the lid on tight with top vent open and bottom at half. It settled at 325 steady.

The mini is fantastic because you can make fast temperature adjustments and itís small and more handy than the 18. I love this little guy.




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HoosierKettle

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Continuing my obsession
« Reply #41 on: April 21, 2018, 10:20:04 AM »
Wow!!  This was good. It didnít last long. My son and I destroyed it.

This time around I kept the temp between 325-350 and it was done in 1.25 hours. I think it was my best work yet. I liked it better than the roti chickens I have done.




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« Last Edit: April 21, 2018, 10:23:35 AM by HoosierKettle »

Jed.cook

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #42 on: April 21, 2018, 05:20:48 PM »
Great thread; thanks @HoosierKettle! I know this started off as being about your not using the water pan these days. What are your thoughts (or anyone elseís) about a general rule as to when to use/not use a water pan? Whatís the purpose? How can it help or hinder a cook?  When I first started smoking on a WSM, I just assumed the WP was to add moisture, then I started reading it was more about regulating temp since H2O boils at 212. Then I started reading about guys like you that rarely use the pan. Just looking for some direction here. Thanks.

Iím certain this topic probably has its own thread (or ten); can someone point me to it?


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HoosierKettle

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #43 on: April 21, 2018, 05:42:09 PM »

Great thread; thanks @HoosierKettle! I know this started off as being about your not using the water pan these days. What are your thoughts (or anyone elseís) about a general rule as to when to use/not use a water pan? Whatís the purpose? How can it help or hinder a cook?  When I first started smoking on a WSM, I just assumed the WP was to add moisture, then I started reading it was more about regulating temp since H2O boils at 212. Then I started reading about guys like you that rarely use the pan. Just looking for some direction here. Thanks.

Iím certain this topic probably has its own thread (or ten); can someone point me to it?


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I utilize the wsm or my mini in all different configurations depending on what Iím doing.

The pan must be used if using upper and lower grates. The lower grate is too close to the fire.

I will also use a pan with water whenever I cook brisket or beef ribs. I think it helps keep my temp down and I like that it adds some moisture to the cooking environment.

I will run an empty pan when running two levels of chicken or pork and I want my temps in the 300+ range.

I will run no pan for chicken or pork on the top grate only. I love the flavor and texture of cooking direct.

Hope that helps and hopefully others will chime in.


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Jed.cook

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Re: Continuing my obsession
« Reply #44 on: April 21, 2018, 05:51:08 PM »
Big help, thanks! BTW- ditto on your mini WSM comments. Ever since I built mine I canít seem to justify firing up my 22Ē barrel smoker. Itís just too damn convenient to use the little guy.


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