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JMSetzler 11-17-2013 12:14 AM

Old Country Brazos - First Run (w/pics)
Since I'm a total noob with offset cookers, I decided to try something simple for a first cook on the Old Country BBQ Pits Brazos that I picked up at Academy Sports last weekend.

I started out by putting a layer of Kingsford briquettes on the base of the firebox...

Then I dumped in about 2/3 chimney of lit coals...

While the grill was warming up I prepped two whole chickens... about 5lbs each...

Then I tossed on a couple oak logs and let them burn for another 20 minutes or so...

Then put the chickens on...

A couple hours later...

The experience:

Controlling the temp in this pit is no more complicated than any other grill or smoker I have used. The exhaust was fully open for the entire process and I used the intake on the firebox to control the heat. I started out at a reading of 325 on the thermometer mounted on the cooking chamber (River Country model that I snagged off my UDS.)

I was expecting a cook time of less than 2 hours on these chickens at that temp. The cook ran for about three hours instead. I'm going to have to either run some pit probes in on my next cook to measure the temp at grate level or reposition the external thermometer (which is accurate and calibrated) to a lower position in the cooking chamber.

I'm thinking about drilling a small hole in the bottom side of the smoke stack to use as entry for probes so I can monitor meat temps while I cook. I didn't probe these chickens throughout the cook. I just checked them periodically after the first 75 minutes with my instant read thermometer.

The chicken tasted great! It was as moist/tender/juicy as any I have cooked on other grills and smokers. There is definitely a different flavor from the wood fire cook. I can't yet say that it's better/worse than my other methods but it was simply delicious.

I'm happy with it so far :)

BBQDaddio 11-17-2013 12:19 AM

Great cook on the new stick burner.

Been researching stick burners and can't wait til the day I have one ordered.

sliding_billy 11-17-2013 06:20 AM

Nice looking birds.

16Adams 11-17-2013 06:27 AM

. JM I too have several options when I cook. And like you I would like to try the stick burner route, in earnest for my own personal accomplishment of fire management. But the Pit Barrel Cooker has ruined me (as I guess UDS cookers have as well).

Please keep up the posts on your Old Country offset. I enjoy the updates on the offsets.

Dirtbuddy 11-17-2013 10:29 AM

Nice looking birds John! Did you use more wood then posted in the pic above?

Bludawg 11-17-2013 11:34 AM

Glad you had good first experience the cluckers look fantastic. JM2C; Where the thermo port is located on that pit will give you a reading 50-75 deg hotter than the grate. You need to relocate it so it is just above the grate and 1/2 way between the fire box & the the door handle.

grillinguy247 11-17-2013 11:50 AM

Glad the new pit works out for you. It's the same one I wanted except that there is Academy out here in cali. Nice cook also. :thumb:

dport7 11-17-2013 11:53 AM

I like the fire pit on that thing, nice and big. Food looks great also, keep up the good cooking.

JMSetzler 11-17-2013 12:24 PM


Originally Posted by Dirtbuddy (Post 2696400)
Nice looking birds John! Did you use more wood then posted in the pic above?

I added two more pieces during the cook.

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