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Carbon 03-03-2013 11:18 AM

Smokey Joe 16 first cook!
Smokey Joe + 16 gallon drum body = Smokey Joe 16

Several days ago I picked up a new, open top, unlined 16 gallon drum to use with my old Smokey Joe. I decided to use this smoker body as a dedicated meat hanger since it was tall enough to hang ribs in with a few inches to spare at the bottom.
The only mods to the Smokey Joe were to fabricate stronger legs to eliminate wobble and to support the additional weight of the drum. I also added a tin can shield at the bottom of the kettle to keep ash clear of the vents.

Anyhow, for its first cook I loaded the cooker with 2 racks of spares and a rack of baby backs and smoked them for close to 4 hours straight, no foil, no saucing, and they came out great. I was very pleased with the results, with even doneness top to bottom.

harris92 03-03-2013 11:21 AM

Very Nice!

criffaaa1 03-03-2013 11:37 AM

Re: Smokey Joe 16 first cook!
Good job that rocks

sent from my Crifftastic $3

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 03-03-2013 11:42 AM

Very well executed. I bet there is going to be some great food coming off that baby.

javahog2002 03-03-2013 11:44 AM

Ribs look great. The cooker is very cool !!!

BobM 03-03-2013 11:46 AM

Looks great!

javahog2002 03-03-2013 11:48 AM

Ribs look great. Cooker is awesome.

cameraman 03-03-2013 12:14 PM

Smokey Joe 16 rocks! I love that last shot.

Phubar 03-03-2013 12:44 PM


Neonnblack 03-03-2013 01:23 PM

So you found the ever elusive 16 gallon drum that fits a SJ, huh? The ribs look great.

Homebrewed Q 03-03-2013 01:34 PM

Very nice, can smell right thru the monitor!

cholloway 03-03-2013 03:08 PM

Excellent job on the smoker AND the ribs!
Didja make the meat hooks yourself?

Neonnblack 03-03-2013 03:13 PM

whats the width of that barrel?

Carbon 03-03-2013 03:18 PM


Originally Posted by cholloway (Post 2391916)
Didja make the meat hooks yourself?

Yes I did, I cut and bent them out of old metal skewers.

Carbon 03-03-2013 03:34 PM


Originally Posted by Neonnblack (Post 2391926)
whats the width of that barrel?

It's outer diameters are 14.5" wide at the top and just under 14" wide at the bottom end. The drum is roughly 27" inches tall. It's a perfect fit for the Smokey Joe, top and bottom.

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