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addicted-to-smoke

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What do you cook on the lower grate?
« on: June 06, 2016, 08:49:09 AM »
1) I cook the same thing as up top, it's all about capacity, baby!

2) I cook something else down below, it's all about variety, baby!

3) I don't often cook on the lower grate, and carry the burden of my shame.


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TheDude

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2016, 10:19:50 AM »
Option 3 so far. Haven't had mine long. Still kinda figuring her out.
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Tommy B

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2016, 10:32:37 AM »
I have had my WSM for several years and rarely cook on the bottom grate. I am not against it or anything I just rarely need more room then the top rack. I am running a WSM 18.
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Lemans

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2016, 03:32:00 PM »
I smoked two 7.5 Boston butts today
  The bottom rack ran 15- 20 degrees hotter
So that butt was done first which was a high pain
In the A-s to get to to take it off. I'm running a 22 so I could of put them both
On the top rack . Next time I will if I need more
Room I will break out its other twin brother.
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Harbormaster

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2016, 04:07:44 PM »
Usually choice 1, sometimes choice 2, almost never choice 3.

I have only cooked on 18.5" WSMs.
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iCARRY

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2016, 06:08:57 PM »
Option 3. I have only used my bottom rack twice. I usually cook for just 2, my kids are picky. When I have used the bottom rack, it was the same thing. Cooked a little faster. I am using a 22


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swamprb

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2016, 09:52:16 PM »
what lower grate??



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Mac

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2016, 12:15:47 PM »
Potatoes or cornbread in cast iron as a side.
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Big Dawg

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2016, 12:42:15 PM »
Most of the time, I go with #2.

I have cooked up to eight Boston Butts on one of my WSMs at one time.  It was for a Charity Bike Ride/Event.  It was nice to be able to fit all of that on and just have one smoker to watch.

Routinely, I cook four racks of ribs, two on top, two on bottom.





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Travis

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2016, 07:33:23 PM »
what lower grate??


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WNC

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2016, 06:32:19 AM »
I just fired mine off last night with two butts on the bottom rack.
Then I'll put three racks of baby backs on the top around noon.

I usually run just the top grate, but with this cook I'll just be able to put the ribs on and not have to mess with the butts until it's time to pull them off.


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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2016, 04:56:27 AM »
Depends. Smaller cooks......it's usually empty. I've also had 30lbs of pork should down there at one point when doing a large cook. Also, on more than a few occasions, I end up with a pan of baked beans down there (ala Bucky) for a good batch of drip beans.
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blksabbath

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2016, 06:54:04 PM »
The top is more convenient if turning is necessary in my experience.


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bear

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2016, 05:13:50 AM »
I cook ribs on all 3 racks.

Yes. That's right, I said all 3

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Big Dawg

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Re: What do you cook on the lower grate?
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2016, 06:12:25 PM »
I cook ribs on all 3 racks.

Yes. That's right, I said all 3

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Have been thinking about doing that for a long time, @bear.  What did you use for the middle rack supports?





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