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lm523 07-20-2005 05:10 PM

garbage can and ribs
has anyone heard of or tried smoking ribs inside of a new clean 30 gal. can ? I heard a guy talking about using a can , over a pit fire and smoking for a period of time. any input or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

kcquer 07-20-2005 05:36 PM

RE: garbage can and ribs
lm, the galvanized coating on a trash can,when heated, can produce toxic chemical that will be deposited on the meat that will make you quite sick.

That said, there is lots of info on the internet about making an electric smoker out of a garbage can and an electric hot plate. Apparently this arrangement doesn't produce adequate heat to release the toxins.

Find a new or food grade 30 or 55 gal type barrel to experiment with instead. Probably not as cheap, or easy to find, but much better safe than sorry where health is concerned.

chad 07-20-2005 06:11 PM

RE: garbage can and ribs
I agree with KC - the galvanizing is an issue. I know you can find how to do chicken and such in a garbage can on Scout sites.

Actually, any container will work - an old metal fridge or such (I've even though of an old clothes dryer!) can make a real cheap smoker.

scottm4300 07-20-2005 06:15 PM

RE: garbage can and ribs
One of the important things about using a galvanized trash can is to make sure you burn it out first!! Set a good hot fire in it, or set it upside down over a bed of hot coals. This will burn off the toxic effects of the galvanized metal. I have a designated trash can that I have used several time to do a turkey under and it always comes out great. No one has ever gotten sick

Bill-Chicago 07-20-2005 09:02 PM

RE: garbage can and ribs
Um, we have explored this about 20 times,

You don;t use galvanized cans, like previous posters.

You dudes need to get in touch with normal boy scout activities

ckkphoto 07-21-2005 07:03 AM

Re: RE: garbage can and ribs

Originally Posted by chad
(I've even though of an old clothes dryer!) can make a real cheap smoker.

Just set the dial to cool heat and Permanent Pork. :wink:

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