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racedvl

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First charcoal snake cook....
« on: April 09, 2017, 07:11:59 AM »
The local Jewel had pork butt for $0.77 a pound,  and the weather is nice in the Chicagoland area.  So let's try a slow cook in my new crimson. She seems holding steady in the 255 range + or - 10 .  I went with a 2x2, and 8 lit coals to start.  If she keeps holding steady,  my UDS may have to fight for cooking time....







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HoosierKettle

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2017, 08:20:56 AM »
The snake will be rock solid. You will love it.


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racedvl

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2017, 09:32:59 AM »
Well, I put that butt on at about 8am, it's now 12:30 and the butt is at 161 deg. Should be hitting the stall here soon....  Has been sitting in the 250 - 268 range for the most part here...

mhiszem

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2017, 10:42:53 AM »
Good looking setup. Looking forward to seeing the results.


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racedvl

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2017, 04:38:32 PM »
Well I must say it was a success! The smoke flavor was very mild. The snake held throughout the whole cook. I did however notice that when I wrapped the butt, the inner ring of charcoal was burning quicker than the ring along the wall of the kettle. I will say though, I think overall this setup did use more charcoal than my UDS for a cook of this length. I did let it run a little hotter though. Majority of the cook was in the 250-260 range. I will do it again.

 





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racedvl

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2017, 04:39:58 PM »
looking at the pics now I see that my cherry wood did not finish burning..... maybe the source of the very mild smoke flavor.....?

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1buckie

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2017, 08:39:42 PM »
Yeah, possible things weren't burning quite hot enough, or a bit incomplete of a burn...

Can't see the iPhone pics, but try this on the next round:




Sprinkle some small chips of lump charcoal (or even break up some briquettes if no lump's on hand) along the pile for 'burn insurance'.....you may get a stubborn piece of wood here & there, but it will go generally smoother this way...





Nice even burn produces nice even cooking & even color....



If your burn point is small, yet hot at that point, the wood smoke should look like this:



Transparent lite bluish whispy smoke..........
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racedvl

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2017, 12:13:23 PM »
I might have to try to bury the wood into the coal next time. I did have the thin blue for awhile.

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Big Dawg

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2017, 03:03:32 PM »
Great looking pulled pork.  Looks like you've got the snake charmed ! ! !





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captjoe06

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2017, 01:54:46 AM »
Foolproof.  I started out stacking mine obsessively in order like that.  Now I just dump what I think I'll need and push the briquettes up against the side without organizing them.
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racedvl

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2017, 03:51:02 AM »
captjoe06 I think that's how I'm going to do the next cook. As I was stacking them, it felt unnecessary and time consuming. Plus some of the coal along the bowl didn't fully burn.

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HoosierKettle

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2017, 04:05:17 AM »

captjoe06 I think that's how I'm going to do the next cook. As I was stacking them, it felt unnecessary and time consuming. Plus some of the coal along the bowl didn't fully burn.

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I've done both and I have went back to arranging neatly. I get a much more consistent temperature.  Both ways work well.


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Travis

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2017, 06:57:14 AM »
This will sound silly, I understand, but I like how the nicely stacked coals look. Gotta make it taste better, right?!

captjoe06

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2017, 07:01:02 AM »

This will sound silly, I understand, but I like how the nicely stacked coals look. Gotta make it taste better, right?!

It's all about what makes you happy. 


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Travis

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Re: First charcoal snake cook....
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2017, 07:10:20 AM »

This will sound silly, I understand, but I like how the nicely stacked coals look. Gotta make it taste better, right?!

It's all about what makes you happy. 


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Lol, that's true.


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