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Unread 04-19-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
Champsboss
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Default First Post / First Cook on a Chubby

Been lurking here since ordering a G2 Chubby back in January.

Today is my first cook and boy did I learn alot.

I decided to leave the Guru fan in the box for the first few cooks. I figure I should learn how the cooker behaves on its own before I let a computer take over.

My first mistake was in the pit temp probe placement. For the first hour after adding the meat (put in 8 St Louis Racks at 215 degrees hoping to level out at 230) I kept the doors wide open trying to get the temp up without results. I ends up the probe moved next to the meat when I slammed the door. Where do folks usually clip it?

The large fire that was the aftermath of the first mistake has been diffucult to temper. I have been able to stay under 250 by attending the dampers closely. I also feel that my 4 chunks of apple wood were used up by the time I got back under control making me miss the best smoke window.

The biggest mistake of the day was trying to do eight racks of ribs. The shelf hangers are to close together to allow for good air flow around the ribs. The top rack looked great and was done in 4 hours. The other three I have spread out. The lack the good color of the first and are in their 6th hour now. I have read in a few places the capacity is eight St. Louis style racks. Should I have trimmed off the meat on the bacside of the slabs to make them narrower?

Anyhow I learned a ton today and am looking forward to perfecting my technique.

Next up, beef back ribs and a butt.
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