The smoker , that is . Put a 11-12 pound butt on a little after 9 for
dinner tomorrow , as soon as I'm sure the temps have stabilized between
185?-195? I'll be toddling off to bed . Been a trying weekend ... yesterday
we broke ground for the next phase of Casa Snag , the kitchen . I spent most
of both days on a little trackhoe and I'm tarred . I now have a pit next to
the house that's 14' wide and about 20something feet long , and deep enough
that the basement/storm shelter/storage room will have near 8' ceiling
height . The space will be about 8'8" by 14'8" floor space , outside dims
are 10 by 16 .
The meat is done ... the smoker is a Brinkman smoke-n-grill , horizontal
tube wurh a fire box on the left end , fired with lump charcoal and a few
chunks of Mesquite . I've been using cherry , but the grocery I buy my
charcoal at had mesquite on sale last time I was in so ... right now the
smoker is in "kepp warm" mode , running around 150? .
Mesquite is not native to our area . The cherry is from a downed tree on my
property . I also have hickory , black gum (worthless except as a nectar
source for the bees and charcoal for black powder) , red and white oak ,
sassafras (haven't tried it for smokin') , maple , and several other species
. I have a TLUD charcoal stove , but haven't had the time and inclination to
use it . Last time I tried I got sidetracked and ended up with ashes ...
OK, that makes sense. I've heard of people using sassafras but never
had any. I saw where one person said it gives a root beer taste. Have
you tried to burn any to see what it smells like? Others say not to use it.
I have hickory, oak, maple, cherry, and can get apple, peach, walnut.
I smoke my butts and briskets hotter than you do, about 275.
The pork butt is awesome ... and I checked the cellar excavation last
night with my laser level, it's within an inch of level , had one area at
the end closest to the living room that was about 4" high , took care of
that this morning before I returned the machine . Next step is forming and
pouring the footings (14" wide and 6" deep) for the block walls . I'll be
using my brandynew cement mixer .
The adventure begins ... I'll take some photos tomorrow , to be posted in
a new folder on my photobucket page ,
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