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First Fattie and ABT's (LOTS of pics)

 
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pjm
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 6:43 am    Post subject: First Fattie and ABT's (LOTS of pics) Reply with quote

So this is only like my 5th 18.5" WSM smoke. Goddang this was a good investment!

But I think I should have cooked the ABT's and fattie longer, but if you read below, my WSM went above 250.

Also, for lunch, I need to prep the night before. It took me, Mr. Anal Retentive, like 3 hours to prep everything! LOL Stuff wasn't done til 2:30. So I had (an excuse) to grill some dogs and burgers for lunch (can't complain 'bout that!)

Fattie consisted of scrambled eggs, cream cheese, sharp cheddar, mushrooms, onions and garlic.













ABT's consisted of cream cheese & sharp cheddar and a Nathan's smokie:



(i know, some of the peppers not looking so good but i don't think they are diseased, just ... old and dried.. though the insides were ok! got them from a local produce place.)












Oh, and I smoked 2 spatchcocked chickens on the bottom grate:





You can view sopme more photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mindink/

This is the first time I smoked without water in my WSM and the bowl wrapped in tinfoil. At high noon until 2PM the WSM jumped to 250 and up. I closed 2 bottom vents, closed the remaining vent to less than 25% and the top vent to 25% and the thing still wouldn't go below 250. I think I had too much fuel. For this cook I did the Minion Method with a full ring and about 30 lit coals. Next time, half a ring unlit since I was only cooking for about 3 hours.

Everything hit target temps so I'm happy.

-Paul[/b]


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking fattie pjm! I just cooked one myself today.

This time of year when the weather is hot I'll just dump in a lit chimney full and it will last me a few hours easy.

Wow! Shocked Those birds look awesome too. Great color.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Paul I just checked the temp on my WSM and it's still at 240* after 5 hours. Surprised I started it by filling a chimney (cheap walmart one 'cause my weber one broke) with kingsford. I lit it up and let it get going, but not fully lit. I dumped that alone into the ring, no other charcoal, assembled it and let it come up to temp while I prepped.

Also no water in the pan I got a foiled clay saucer. And the temp here is 93*F today with a little breeze.

I use the minion method for the long cooks, but you'll find you can go 6 hours easy on a warm to hot day with I chimney. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul,

Looks good, makes me want to do more abts next weekend. Note that you don't have to put the two halves back together, just make sure that the abt 'boat' stays upright when its on the grill. I poke my toothpicks straight down through them so they'll 'key' into the grate. You'll get twice as many abts out of your peppers. Oh and I added you on flickr as a contact.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are great picuters, good layout. The color and texture look good, nice work there..... Laughing
Did you put the eggs on raw!
How long andd what temp on the Fattie?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It all sure looks tasty. I would eat a few of those myself.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all.

I know the ABT's aren't very turd-like (dark, crispy bacon) but next time i'll let em go longer. i have temps and times on the brain and forget to relax and let things go.

ethernectar: I didn't know you could do the ABT's in halves. That kinda makes sense because the whole peppers sure makes a big mouthful when you take a bite. Duly noted, will try next time.

beertooth: i am still learning about the WSM and fuel (briqs). It was probably in the mid-80's today with not much wind. Yeah, hindsight, I don't know why I filled the ring full of unlit. LOL. oh well. again, learning experience. the long cooks need that much, but 3 hours sure as heck don't. i will just use whatever's left for next smoke. thanks for the tips!

pigslips: thanks! no no, i cooked scrambled eggs. but 3 was too much so before i rolled the fatty back together i scooped out about 1/4 cup or so of the egg/mushrooms/onion mixture. fattie cooked for 2 hours 15 minutes at around 235 but for the last hour since i had too much fuel the WSM was at 250 and more. i had to keep pulling off the lid and this was with 2 bottom vents closed, the 3rd at less than 25% and the top less than 50%. but hey the chix came out great! LOL
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it turned out great nice pics...........
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13 09 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my question everytime I cook something with bacon wrapped The back never crisps up or really browns much it does a little but not much so what is the trick?I have tried grilling and the food is way done before the bacon is close and I have smoked and pretty much the same story smoke 235ish.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02 09 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That fatty looks amazing!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03 09 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dangit man, I'm going right now to get a chicken and some more jalapenos...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03 09 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjm, you did an awesome job on that fattie and those ABT's Very Happy And those yard birds are spot on pretty, beautiful color on that skin. Nicely done my man. Smile I especially like the pic of that cooked ABT close up it had my mouth watering Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03 09 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That look killer! Great job!
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