December 19th, 2009

Let the smoking begin!

Just inherited an old, still functional, large smoker. We are going to play with this one a while before actually spending money on a new one, so we can make a better decision.

Hubby is out in the backyard building the fire. The plan is to smoke two boston butts today. Yumm!! Previously, we built a fire in the fire bowl to make coals which we put in the bottom of our small smoker. This one has a fire box so no more having to make coals, though we still have to mind the fire.

On a sad note, the fire pit is full of water because of all the rain. I suggested we pump it out, but it would probably just refill from the ground around it.

Tanslation with visual aides

LOL, sorry. Didn't know I was using smoking speak. You've probably seen all this before. Actually, no, a smoker is different than a BBQ. Smokers are slow cookers. BBQs are faster. In a smoker, you cook with the smoke and indirect heat.

Yes.  Ding, ding.  Boston butt is pork.  This has been smoking for about 4 1/2 hours now and we will probably let it smoke for another couple of hours.  When it is done, it will be the most succulent, juicy, slap-yo-mama, best thing you ever want to put in your mouth.  There is nothing like smoke cooked meat.

The fire bowl used for making coals for the small smoker.

The small smoker. The coals are put in the bottom and then moist pieces of another kind of wood (in the next picture), used for flavor, are added on top of the coals.  Note the little door on the bottom, that is where the coals and moist wood go. That is a small BBQ behind the smoker.  We also have a really big one.       

The larger smoker we just inherited.  The fire box is the small bit sticking out on the left.  That is where the fire is built and funnels heat and smoke through the larger body.  This cuts out the fire bowl entirely.