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Post Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:57 pm
scorched_porch User avatar
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Took the WSM for a spin on Sunday. Couldn't turn down the beautiful weather we had out here. Figured I'd smoke a Pork Shoulder, hadn't done that in a while - besides I thought it would be a good acid test.

All in all I'd have to say that I am impressed with it's ability to hold temps, easy firebox access and large cooking area. Only downside was my fault (should have started with more fuel and completely filled the water pan) but next time I won't make the same mistake. Still going through the learning curve of a new toy.

I'll post a complete set of pics to this later, but I took a 7 pound butt, slathered it with a mustard slather I came up with that I've been using for a few years and hit it with Dizzy Dust. I used some alder chunks I had left over for smoke. To light the fuel, I used a "Minion" method, but fashioned a tube from heavy duty aluminum foil (so I could get a custom sized burning center instead of a coffee can size) and stacked up a bunch of unlit coals around it. I should have used more unlit coals so I wouldn't have had to futz with it after a couple hours in like I did.

It was a 7 hour cook (about an hour a pound) at a pit temp of 250 (+- a few degrees here and there). I took the butt to 193. Probably could have left it to 195, but it pulled ok. Here's the result when I was done. I'm not 100% happy with it, but I know what I need to change. Experience is the best teacher, right?

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Post Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:00 pm
Griffin well done
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Nicely done, Sir!! Looks like the first run was a success.

Post Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:13 pm
sroach well done
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A thing of beauty!! :mrgreen:
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Post Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:21 am
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Awesome beauty indeed, Scorch! That just had to be a real joy breaking in the new pit. :D
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Post Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:03 am
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I'd say you're off to a "grate" start! :roll: :lol:

Post Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:21 pm
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Thanks guys! As always, I am encouraged by you guys.

BTW - here's the way I lit the fuel. It actually worked rather well.

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And here's the result after I pulled it

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Post Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:10 pm
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I was waiting for that last pic... :D

Very nicely done, scorched_porch!
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:52 pm
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Oh yeah!... That pork pulled most splendidly, SP. What are your menu plans for it?
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Post Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:14 pm
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Location: Warrington, PA
Home Run..

Now stop all the typing and send me over a sammy!!
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Post Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:22 am
Dyal_SC well done
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Yessir!! Nice color on the pork!
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Post Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:00 am
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Location: Redwood City, California

Thanks - I made 6 Sandwiches (tossed the pork with a variation on Wayne Monk's Kitchen dip) - already gone. And 2 vacuum packed in the freezer for beans for my big Cinco De Mayo party a week from Saturday.
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Post Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:44 pm
tex_toby well done
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Location: Van Alstyne, Texas

Looks great!
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