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Mdboatbum 04-22-2012 10:49 AM

Camping trip to try out the new WSM. With pron.
I think this is my first attempt at pron, so go easy on me.

Went camping with a buddy of mine over the weekend. Did some Peruvian style chix on the mini, followed by ribs the 2nd night. The chicken was absolutely incredible, but I forgot to take pictures. The ribs were the best yet, though I'm still seeking that life changing, angels singing, perfect rack. I'll hopefully never attain it, but rather spend the rest of my life trying.

Here they are rubbed with my basic rub.

We did a modified 3-2-1. 3 hours smoke, 1 hour 30 minutes foil, 45 minutes back on the grate then a quick sear directly over the coals.
Used Stubb's Briquettes and cherry chips.
My buddy seemed to like them ok.
The result was incredibly tender but still meaty. Nice tug. Great smoke flavor but they weren’t really trimmed very well, so the ends with the cartilage and fat were still there. I should have taken the time to trim them, but we were camping and I was being lazy. Besides, they were supposed to already be trimmed to St. Louis style. They weren't.
For dessert, I removed the terra cotta saucer and got the mini up to about 360˚ to bake a peach cobbler (dump cake). It took about an hour and was delicious. Didn't get any pics of it as it was getting later and a sizable dent had been put in the liquor supply by that point in the evening.

As for a post-mortem summary, I'd say the mini is easily worth twice what it cost me to make it. It's wonderfully simple, stable and seems quite frugal on fuel. The Stubbs charcoal may have been part of that, as it's easily twice as dense as Kingsford. Only drawback on the Stubbs is it's a little stubborn getting started, but makes up for it in long burn time, good heat and very neutral flavor and aroma. All in all, I'm EXTREMELY pleased with the mini and would suggest anyone skip the cheap ready made smokers and jump directly into building one of these. Capacity's a little tight, but with a 2nd rack I have no doubt you could easily fit enough food to feed 10 or so people.

PorkDork 04-22-2012 11:09 AM

That little thing is awesome! Nice work! It's only 9am here, but I'm starting to get hungry already...

bigabyte 04-22-2012 12:36 PM

Nice work!:thumb:

Mdboatbum 04-23-2012 09:23 AM

By the way, the rub I use is turbinado, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Chachare's salt free seasoning and a little powdered ginger. The ginger really doesn't flavor the rub, but makes it a little brighter which cuts down on the fatty, heavy flavor of most meats.
I really love that little smoker. I live in an apartment, so don't have any room for a full sized one. It fits my needs perfectly.

fingerlickin' 04-23-2012 10:11 AM

The ribs look great! I want to know how you fit two dudes, camping gear and the mini in that Miata?

Mdboatbum 04-23-2012 10:26 AM

Let me tell you, it wasn't easy. I couldn't take our other, much larger car due to the fact that my wife is in real estate and needed the bigger car to schlep clients around.
If you look closely, you can see the blue rack underneath the bag on the bottom. It's a combination bike/golf club rack. It also works well as a cargo hauler. That combined with the luggage rack on the trunk allows a surprising amount of crap to be carted around. The looks I get from other drivers are HILARIOUS.

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