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JoeD
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 9:51 am    Post subject: Done and done... Reply with quote

That’s right boys and girls, I’m done with this project…for now that is!

Here's the finished results of a pile of recycled metal:







At the next opportunity I need to gather more recycled metal for the side wood rack…for another winter project.
Spring is here, the striped bass is running strong and now is time to wet the boat and go after them.

In the meantime, I must share with y’all my first pig roast adventure for memorial day… I started planning a 40lbs pig and ended up buying a 70 lbs pig…why? Just because I COULD fit it through the 38” door opening, that why! Laughing
Also I felt very confident with all the help I’ve gotten from this site and mainly, the endless personal advice from Mutha Chicken BBQ AKA Dan Mc. Thank you very much Dan, thanks to you I've successfully roasted my first whole pig.

Started by injecting the pig with a typical pork injection recipe and applying a nice pork rub on the inside (both recipes from here)… Heated the cooker with twigs and wood splits at about 9:30 pm Sunday night, at 10 the temps were up to 270*; dumped two bags of charcoal in the basket and loaded the pig in the cooker skin side up for the first 4.5 hours cooking at 250*, at 02:30 my son and I decided to flip and rotate the pig, we did that… how? Well, I had the pig on a second cooking tray (from the left side of the cooker) which purposely measures 37” wide (one inch smaller) This made rotating the 70 lbs pig a breeze. At any rate, at that time the internal temperature on the hams was already up to 130*, I wanted to serve the pig at 2pm so I figure we had plenty of time to cook it at lower temps. We set the temps at 200* for the following three hours and at 225* until the hams and shoulder temps read 180* after that we cooked at 250* and at 275* between the 190* and 198* mark.

After two hours of smoke:


Ready at 198 degrees:




Carving and serving:




I was so busy serving food and drinks and making sure everyone was having a good time that I completely forgot to take pix, at least my son took some Rolling Eyes

After many years of wishing we finally hosted our own pig roast party, which was fun and amazingly rewarding.

Joe
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Canadian Bacon
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice,awesome looking job on the cooker and the pig.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice!
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice looking rig!
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that chicken over the pig? I'd watch that practice if I were you. Exclamation



Anyway, VERY nice job!
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Joe that's a nice looking Hog there my friend! Great job


But latern does bring up a good point, Might want to keep that chicken over the otherside of the cooker, So nothing drips on the Pig.

And that cooker looks Fantastic, Noce Job on that also!
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great all the way around! Nice unit and very nice looking pig.
Great work on that unit. Have some fun with that thing! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking pig and cooker.

Sorry dude, same here on that chicken..........................
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBQMAN wrote:
Great looking pig and cooker.

Sorry dude, same here on that chicken..........................


Laughing I knew I was going to be nailed about that Smile I did my home work however and the pig WAS foiled just before I put the birds in (last hour) I finished cooking the chicken on the grill (back of the smoker)

Thanks for the compliments guys.

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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome job. I like the red and the redwood shelf.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fine job on the cooker and a good job on the hog!!!
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the Red with your smoker....nice touch. Hog looks awesome...is it wrong for me to crave ribs at 7:45 am? Great pics.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Job on the rig & pig. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rig turned out great... and the food looks mighty appetizing as well. Really looks great all finished and painted.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30 08 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice rig JoeD!

And that pig looks awesome.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31 08 2:02 am    Post subject: Smoker Reply with quote

Nice looking rig and pig...
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PostPosted: Sat May 31 08 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Job on both the smoker and your cook. Looks like you had a nice day for it.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31 08 5:22 am    Post subject: pit and pig Reply with quote

JoeD very nice build
I like the colors you painted the pit.
Pig looks great
now show some pictures of the smoke fish you are going to catch

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PostPosted: Sat May 31 08 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll do just that Chuck.

Hopefully in two weeks, striped bass is not the best fish for the smoker, done right however it makes a heck of a meal.

Thanks for the compliments

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PostPosted: Sat May 31 08 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job on the cooker JoeD, Smile I also like the red trailer nice contrast. The cook turned out awesome that pig had me Drooling. Very Happy
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