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Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by jebatty, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. wood thing

    wood thing Member

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    I like apple wood for pork and sometimes I use apple juice instead of water. Its mild and goes well with other meats too.

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  2. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Woodmaster, that works because after a surface temp of ~180F the meat will actually STOP taking in the smoke. One of the reasons for low and slow.
  3. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    This was not expensive. Local big box Fleet Farm had the pots for $9.74 each, replacement grill for the small Weber was about $11.00, and the 1000W hot plate was $15.00. I added a digital probe thermometer for another $15.00. About $60 total.

    Great idea to use the cast iron skillet.
  4. JeffRey30747

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    I did the 2 hours in smoke and 2 hours in foil w/ apple juice routine on my ECB (El Cheapo Brinkmann) smoker this weekend. All taste testers were in agreement that it was an improvement over 4 hours of straight smoke. They were so tender that you couldn't lift the ribs by the bone. It would slip right out of the meat. This method will be my new standard for baby back ribs at home.
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  6. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    Mulberry is good for pork. I used some on a pork shoulder, I have 3 cords of it. I found a brinkmann sheet metal barrel smoker on CL, $40. It works well, stays around 200 degrees with electric heating element. About 13 hours to get the shoulder to 200. It is worth it to roll out of bed at 3am and get it going to be ready for dinner at 4pm.

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