I need a sharper knife.
Did some ribs (spare) in the cookshack today. First, let me say that I make a pretty mean rib on my smoker. I don’t enter any rib cook-offs but it isn’t because I’m afraid of my ribs not standing up to any rib out there.
Now that I’m done blowing my own horn…[:o)]
This cookshack is the best investment I’ve made in some time. I threw 2 racks of spares on today..both rubbed. They cooked for about 4 hours at 250.. then I glazed one with a 60/40 mix of honey/bbq sauce and glazed the other with pineapple habanero pepper jelly. Put them back in for another 45 minutes. While a large storm rumbled around the area.
The end product wasn’t the best rib I ever turned out but they were top 10 material and would beat the pants off 95% of the ribs I’ve eaten in restaurants. Simply amazing for a set it and forget it smoker to turn out a really good rib with such ease.
If you’re looking to produce some good bbq with almost no effort, grab a cookshack.
I’ll post some pics tomorrow if they come out ok.
Paul, I felt the same way about the Brinkman. It worked okay but I never felt like it was what I was looking for but I used it because I had it. Now, with the incredible misfortune that has befallen me, having the bottom fall out and all, I’ll just have to buy something else. Looks like the Cookshack or Smoky Mountain may be the answer. Fred
Ah. I’ve heard of people doing that 😉
I try to find a rub I like and then add some spices. As much as I use I should make my own but I never seem to get done testing.
I have to confess that I made my own rub. I used cayenne, salt, pepper, garlic, cinnamon, onion that were dried, sugar and some other crap that I just tossed in. It was not original but it worked just fine.
The cinnamon was a bit different but it added a nice taste.
Paul E. Smith
what rub did you use? i have a housefull (probably 35 different rubs here right now) and I’m always trying new types but I think my favorite for ribs and beef both come from texasbbqrub.
i’m always testing for the perfect butt rub and havent landed on one yet. the texas I mentioned is good for butts but I’m still looking.
My Brinkmans electric smoker is obviously not the best but it works just fine. You have to watch it which I do. I wish I had not bought it but since I did, I use it.
I did a six pound pork butte with some apple wood chips soaked and I did it for eight hours and it came out very good. I used some BBQ sauce and a rub. The water added a nice value to the taste.
Paul E. Smith
Update on my cookshack purchase. This is a well made smoker. Very solid.
So far I’ve smoked a picnic (good but not enough smoke. need to add more wood next time). and a "london broil" using mesquite and cooked to medium. Came out excellent. Perfectly medium and great smoky flavor.
Both items were very trouble free using this smoker. Put on your rub, throw it in the smoker, put your thermostat in, close the door and come back when the thermo says it’s done.
18 hours for the picnic…2 for the london broil.
I just Googled for the Smoky Mountain Smoker and it came back with one from Walmart now for $98. Looks a little different than the one in fpczyz’s picture. My Brinkman electric water smoker just had the bottom fall out – I guess leaving it out for several winters without a cover wasn’t such a good idea. Fred
there is a forum called the smoke ring and they go over every grill and smoker made .also ones that people have built them selfs .lots of good info
the wal mart one is smaller and the walls are thinner and it doesn’t hold the heat as well..
a buddy of Old Fart bought one and the guys compared them.
i know nothing and i can prove it.
all i know is that my husband, the Old Fart swears by his propane water smoker
"the great outdoors smokey mountain series" he paid $150 online..
Mark, I am with you on the "quick and easy approach" when necessary. I have a Brinkmann electric water smoker that I use when I don’t have time to stand over a smoker all day but want some bbq. It may not win a "Memphis in May" competition but it makes delicious ribs, chicken, brisket etc. Actually I have always been surprised at the variety of smokers I see at bbq competitions, from freight train sized units to Weber "Lil Smokey Joes" that all seem to get the job done when used by folks who know their smoke. Having said that, I lie in bed at night, dreaming about a BGE. It really annoys my wife when I murmur things like "ceramic smoking, you’re for me" in my sleep. Fred
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