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any bbq smokers here? - September 5, 2011, 05:23 PM

i decided to try my hand at smoking some ribs at home and picked up a cheapo master forge charcoal smoker from lowes for $60. i picked it up last friday, spent the weekend "modding" it and finally did some baby back and spare ribs today. they turned out great.

anyone here into bbq smoking and have some favorite recipes for rubs or sauces? for my first try i used alton brown's rib rub. i may try a beer-brined chicken next week.

the master forge is pretty bare-bones and there's no way to control the temperature. i spent another $20 in parts and $10 in tools to get it to work just right. a comparable smoker from weber is close to $300, so this seemed like a cheap and easy way to do a little smoking to get my feet wet.



the first thing i did was add a charcoal grate, that was $10 right there. then i ghetto-fabbed air vent dampers for the inlet and exhaust, added fiberglass stove insulation around the lid to seal it (another $10), and drilled a hole into the side so i can route my digital temp gauge.

here you can see the exhaust damper and the stove insulation. i had to buy a $10 hole saw to make the 3/4" holes:


and the inlet damper, the little aluminum piece sticking out at the bottom. there's already a 2" hole in the bottom, i just used some aluminum flashing to create a cover:


i think this was about 4 hours into the smoke. the baby backs are exposed, while the spare ribs were braising in the foil. i used the "3-2-1" method:


baby backs after about 4 hours:


spare ribs after about 5 hours:


spares on the left, baby backs on the right. no sauce has been added:


i'm not a big fan of sauce over my ribs, i'd rather use them as dipping sauces. i like the kc masterpiece the best, the jack daniels tasted like it had liquid smoke in it and was overpowering, and the sticky fingers had an odd taste i just couldn't get into:


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September 5, 2011, 05:33 PM

Ive been wanting to get into this... last year this guy in our unit was smoking turkeys they were fucking awesome....

maybe ill pick one up next week


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September 5, 2011, 07:22 PM

Now I am hungry again, those ribs look great. I have been cooking with a smoker for years, its the best way to prepare a turkey. I upgraded from charcoal to gas which has saved my deck from burning down. Try apple or maple chips with pork or poultry, it give a slight sweet flavor to the meat. Smoked porkchops come out juice and tender with more surface area to take in the smoked flavor, get the thick cut. Brisket is a must, keep the layer of fat on to keep the brisket moist.

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I smoked some turkey wings for a couple hours yesterday.... then drizzled some sesame oil mixed with seasoning over them and moved them closer to the fire to get a nice crisp on the skin!
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Anyone have any feedback on electric smokers for starters?


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Anyone have any feedback on electric smokers for starters?
Particularly this one.. Reviews on HD.com seem pretty decent.

Electric Gourmet Smoker-810-7090-S at The Home Depot


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September 6, 2011, 11:28 AM

i researched that electric smoker and decided against it. one, there's no temperature control, it's either on or off. two, they used inadequate gauge wire on the internals so you can hope the wiring doesn't go kaput or replace them ahead of time. three, the bottom pan and body aren't connected, so it would be a pain the butt to move around.

cleaning up a charcoal smoker is a huge pain in the ass, and cleaning up an electric may be almost as bad. the great thing about electric is the consistency. i would've gone electric except i just couldn't find one that i liked. there's also propane smokers you may want to check out.


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321 method?

did you boil the ribs first? just curious b/c i havnt been able to make a decent rib yet.


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My smoking rig is a Grilldome Ceramic Komado Smoker


I have been smoking for years and this setup has proved to be awesome. Set it and forget it!
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This is a great book for beginners! Lots of recipes for rubs, sauces, mops.

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Particularly this one.. Reviews on HD.com seem pretty decent.

Electric Gourmet Smoker-810-7090-S at The Home Depot
I have a Brinkmann Electric...its currently under my deck. It never kept hot once I put the meat on...I'd be lucky to keep it above 180 degrees. Indirect low-slow is normally 235-250.
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321 method?

did you boil the ribs first? just curious b/c i havnt been able to make a decent rib yet.
never boil them! 3 hours low smoke at around 225f, 2 hours braise in foil back on smoker, 1 hour out of foil back on smoker. "321" is a general guideline, i probably did a little shorter on each step for the baby backs.

when i rubbed the ribs and let it sit for an hour or so while the grill got up to temp, it drew out a lot of the moisture. i used that liquid to braise in the 2nd step.

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My smoking rig is a Grilldome Ceramic Komado Smoker
nice! i may eventually graduate to one of those, but i figure an $80 smoker is enough to get started.


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thanks!


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My smoking rig is a Grilldome Ceramic Komado Smoker


I have been smoking for years and this setup has proved to be awesome. Set it and forget it!
Grilldome
DigiQ DX II
Big Green Egg Lump Charcoal
Dizzy Pig Rubs

This is a great book for beginners! Lots of recipes for rubs, sauces, mops.


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