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Firemunkee

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Smoking in an 18"
« on: January 20, 2019, 09:05:22 AM »
We are visiting my sister in law who just had their first kid. We're helping them out an I wanted to cook for them. They have an 18" kettle and would love some BBQ. I was thinking of making pulled pork for them. I've smoked plenty in my 22" kettle but I'm wondering what nuances there are about the 18 that I have to watch out for? Would a snake or minion method allow for the most space on the cook grate?

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michaelmilitello

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2019, 09:13:31 AM »
The process is the same as a 22.  You can probably start with a bit less lit coal.  You might need to refuel sooner or smoke your pork butt to color you like then wrap and finish in the oven.  That may be easier.


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Firemunkee

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2019, 09:28:02 AM »
The process is the same as a 22.  You can probably start with a bit less lit coal.  You might need to refuel sooner or smoke your pork butt to color you like then wrap and finish in the oven.  That may be easier.


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That's a good suggestion about the oven. I'll probably do that. Thanks!

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MadGasser

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2019, 01:26:10 PM »
In reality you should be able to do BBQ on any grill. I watched a man do a pork butt in a Smokey Joe on YouTube.

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LiquidOcelot

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2019, 04:47:23 PM »
In reality you should be able to do BBQ on any grill. I watched a man do a pork butt in a Smokey Joe on YouTube.

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MadGasser

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 03:58:34 AM »
In reality you should be able to do BBQ on any grill. I watched a man do a pork butt in a Smokey Joe on YouTube.

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Did you see it?

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LiquidOcelot

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2019, 04:36:45 AM »
In reality you should be able to do BBQ on any grill. I watched a man do a pork butt in a Smokey Joe on YouTube.

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Yea watched it last night, still cant wrap my head around how his on a SJ came out better looking then the one i did on a 22. Wish he woulda said how long the over all cook took. Been watching some harry soo videos took lots of good info from that guy

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2019, 08:09:07 AM »
This made me curious. I hadnít done a pork butt in an 18 or smokes anything for that matter. This is a 9lb butt. It seems to fit fine. I used my deep pie pan lined with foil for charcoal and grease control. I dumped a half chimney of mixed uses coal and dumped unlit kbb the rest of the snake. Iím hoping to get 4 hours out of this snake especially because Iím heading back to work. Bottom vent half, top open. I wonít be tracking grill temp.




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Firemunkee

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2019, 12:52:31 PM »
@HoosierKettle that is looking good! Let us know how it turns out. Thank for sharing. I plan on dog the cook tomorrow. I'm still debating between snake or minion method.
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HoosierKettle

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2019, 01:48:22 PM »
That was a close call!  I anticipated the snake lasting 4 hours which would have been up at 4pm. I didnít make it home until much later than I anticipated. 540 pm. As expected, the snake was used up and the grill barely warm. The internal of the pork butt was 145 so I got lucky. I quickly wrapped and chucked it in the oven at 350.




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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2019, 01:50:17 PM »
I suspect it was much higher internal. Probably falling from 155 or 160 down to 145.


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HoosierKettle

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Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2019, 04:58:54 PM »
Took it to 200 wrapped in the oven. Made a finishing sauce and pulled it using the KitchenAid mixer. Turned out wonderful. Also made a slaw and some beans.

So yes, the 18 is quite capable. Total cook was 7.5 hours for 9lb butt. Should have rested an hour but didnít have time.


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« Last Edit: January 22, 2019, 05:00:36 PM by HoosierKettle »

Firemunkee

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2019, 05:25:12 PM »
Took it to 200 wrapped in the oven. Made a finishing sauce and pulled it using the KitchenAid mixer. Turned out wonderful. Also made a slaw and some beans.

So yes, the 18 is quite capable. Total cook was 7.5 hours for 9lb butt. Should have rested an hour but didnít have time.


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Thanks for the update! Yet another reason why this place is awesome. What kitchen aid attachment did you use?

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HoosierKettle

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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2019, 02:54:51 AM »
I used this




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Re: Smoking in an 18"
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2019, 04:17:30 AM »
I used this




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That's interesting.

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