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Old 03-10-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default Have you changed your method or stayed the same?

Have you gone from low and slow to hot and fast?

Have you changed from being a foiler to now an anti foiler?

Have you gone back to low and slow after trying hot and fast?

Have you stopped spritzing your meat during the cook?

Have you just stayed the course and haven't changed anything?

Have you changed from homemade rubs to commercial?

Gone from commercial to homemade rubs?

What changes have you made in your technique and why?
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:51 AM   #2
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Changes I have made.

Now a hot and fast guy.

Use to foil ribs but lately have been doing them with no foil now still a work in progress.

Went from a wsm to a uds.

Homemade rubs since I started.

Still foil butts and brisket but am going to try doing them without.

Changed from being obsessive about temps to hardly worrying about them.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
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I have no method, I use every tool I have, based on what is called for. Therefore, I cannot 'change what I do'.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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I have no method, I use every tool I have, based on what is called for. Therefore, I cannot 'change what I do'.
If you say so I guess it is true.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #5
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I had no method, so I have been trying them all, to see where I fit. Looking so far that I am a hot and fast/ foil guy with no injections/brines, for now...
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #6
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My cooking is constantly evolving.
I try new ideas if they make sense to start with.
Keep all or parts of the latest attempt and move on to the next cook.

Works for me.

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Old 03-10-2012, 12:24 PM   #7
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If you don't experiment and change, you don't learn! You bet I've changed. I've moved from charcoal and sticks to pellets. I've started cooking briskets fat side down. I've quit making my own rubs and found several commercial ones that are much better anyway. I've quit using a lot of sauce.

I hope I can keep on changing and growing, because when you stop you're deader than a beaver hat (immortal words of John Wayne).

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Old 03-10-2012, 12:36 PM   #8
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I change constantly. I cook low and slow and hot and fast. I use my own rubs, marinades, injections and sauces, and I also use a great variety of commercial products. I sometimes foil and sometimes not. I combine cooking methods like smoked/fried, smoked/braised, smoked/grilled. I cook on everything from a charcoal chimney to a flower pot all the way up to a custom offset trailer and everything in between. For me, it's the variety that makes it fun and keeps it interesting.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:48 PM   #9
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I use all of those methods depending on what I am cooking, how much time I have, etc.

The only things that I used to do that I no longer do is use mustard as a base and spritz. My bark improved significantly when I stopped both and my cook times are much more consistent without all of the door opening to spritz.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:49 PM   #10
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The basics remain the same (after all I am a traditionalist. ), however everything else is constantly changing to meet the needs of the moment.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:24 PM   #11
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Have you gone from low and slow to hot and fast?
I started low and slow, then converted to hot and fast, but then converted to medium and expedient.

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Have you changed from being a foiler to now an anti foiler?
Started with no foil, then switched to foiling, now I'm mostly a non-foiler, but sometimes I do.

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Have you gone back to low and slow after trying hot and fast?
I dropped my temps, but I would not call them "low and slow". They are not what I consider to be "hot and fast" either. I cook around 275. Some call that hot and fast. I consider hot and fast to begin around 300.

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Have you stopped spritzing your meat during the cook?
I only spritzed the first few cooks. Didn't take long to realize I wasn't really gaining anything by it.

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Have you just stayed the course and haven't changed anything?
Well, I still don't take myself too seriously, so that hasn't changed.

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Have you changed from homemade rubs to commercial?
Not really, but I did start out only making my own rubs, and now I do own and use a lot of commercial rubs. However, I do think my rub is as good or better than the others. I just enjoy switching things up now and then, and when I do, I want a good product.

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Gone from commercial to homemade rubs?
No, I started with home-made.

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What changes have you made in your technique and why?
Not sure how to answer that. I either covered these above, or would have to reply with an autobiography.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:31 PM   #12
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Contantly trying different methods until I find the right combination that works for me.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:36 PM   #13
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I used to be a {gasp} gasser, hot and fast was the only way. Then I became a low and slow kind of guy {my wife kind of likes it that way}. But since I have been smoking my gas grill is real lonely. I do use foil a lot. My seasonings have changed dramatically because of what all of you do. All because of this and other forums.
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I'm constantly changing, when I find something I like I right it in my log. Then try to repeat it. But always trying new things and ideas

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Have you gone from low and slow to hot and fast?

Yes I have for time purposes.

Have you changed from being a foiler to now an anti foiler?

Yes I have, I exclusively use red butcher paper due to a binding contract through a local paper supplier.

I kid about the contract were just blood brothers now .


Have you gone back to low and slow after trying hot and fast?

I haven't completely gone back to low and slowwwwwww but I'm going to be starting off at 225 for a hour or two to achieve a better ring for brisket so yes and no.


Have you stopped spritzing your meat during the cook?

I stop shortly after I started it was just slowing down cooks.

Have you just stayed the course and haven't changed anything?

No I've made what changes I feel are the proper adjustments for better Q in my own mind .

Have you changed from homemade rubs to commercial?

No

Gone from commercial to homemade rubs?

Yes I use a modified dalmatian rub for everything.

What changes have you made in your technique and why?

I use butcher paper for my brisket and give it a longer rest in the cooler, I use paper because I get a better bark then with foil. I use injections a lot with butts and brisket because I've tried it with out several times and I feel the product injected comes out just a little more moist but without is really good to sometimes I'm lazy and just season and throw the meat on. With ribs I've been cooking on a thin sheet pan with a cookie cooling rack to help with appearance kinda like a diffuser but I don't feel it eats up as much fuel. I also use paper and wrap it around the pan when it gets to the color I want at 275*-300* with some juice or whatever liquid I want in the pan before I wrap the pan with paper I leave the paper around the pan tell they come off to stop from getting any darker works well. I now have all the gadgets I feel I need, a thermapen and a DigiQ DX I use them all the time it makes for precision cooking. One doesn't really need them but ounce you get a ATC and a pen it just really steps up your Q game with better timing and consistent grub.

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