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Great Smoked Pork Picnic!

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Post Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:12 pm
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Hello all:

So, I took this week off work and made it a 'staycation' to catch up on things I've been meaning to do around the house, and get lots of barbecuing practice in. I have done lots of smokes already (and thank you all for your opinions and experiences as they help a lot and are a great sounding board for ideas), but this was the first one I documented from beginning to end. I even noted all the temperatures and charted the results. You can clearly see where I plateaued too.

A few things to note:
- Used a picnic as opposed to a butt because I wanted to try out cooking with the skin and having that much fat to baste
- Started cooking skin side down to create bark on the exposed meat, then flipped it halfway through the cook, to baste the meat during the plateau period
- Did not season the skin as I thought that seemed pointless, though I may try scoring it next time and seasoning it
- I cook strictly with hickory chunks. I understand that smoke absorption is done after the first 2 - 3 hours, but I feel it makes a bit of a difference and I like to cook with wood. Call me old fashioned :-)

Enjoy and any other feedback is appreciated.

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Post Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:35 pm
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That pull pork looks mighty fine. Thanks for sharing Chris! :D
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Post Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:40 pm
steeltowninwv medium
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do u have a themometer at grate level?....when my chargriller themometer says 225...its 325-350 at grate level where the butt or picnic sits

Post Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:07 pm
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Location: North Carolina
No, I do not have my thermostat at grate level. I did think of adding one there before, but I did a test with a thermometer before and stuck at grate level, and found that the temperature was about the same. But that may mean that my temperature gauge on the top of the lid is off too :-)

I've actually relied on just that one thermometer and it's been working well for me. The cooking rate seems to be in line with expected guidelines out there. The problem that I have run into in the past is when it's extremely cold outside or if it rains a bit. Then, I do slip in a thermometer at grate level just to double check my cooking temp.
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Post Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:29 am
steeltowninwv medium
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check it out in normal conditions...when my chargriller therm...hits 175...grate level is at 225....right where i usually need to be...in my opinion there is a big difference

Post Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:07 am
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Location: North Carolina
Will do. I'm actually doing another smoke tomorrow (Sunday) with another picnic, so I'll post my results again!
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Post Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:53 pm
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Welcome to the board, Chris! Sounds like you've got a good idea of what you're doing. The pics looked great, and I especially liked the temp chart - it really shows clearly what's happening to the meat during the cook. :D
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