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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:05 AM   #16
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I am new to this so I check temps a lot. I am getting better though. I need a few more cooks to figure out where my WSM likes to sit. Also, my fire control is not great
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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:09 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by ssbbqguy View Post
It's one thing to be confident serving to your friends and family. Quite another when your serving public or contests. No one wants red ,bloody chicken or too burnt to eat. So there is still good reasons to temp. Just getting better at something shouldn't swell a brain that much. It's better and more reassuring to me that my food is consistant,not variable. Steve.
Didn't mean it to come across as brain swell it's just that I've been through so many cooks that it's a ton easier now than it was when I obsessed. Don't worry I still have my moments as we all do. Thermometers have there place for sure.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:26 AM   #18
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I'm still new enough, that I will use a thermometer to confirm doneness on some things. (Mostly chicken) As far as cooking temps....I'm a in the ball park kind of guy. Hahaha.

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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:35 AM   #19
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When I cook butts I let the pit ride where it wants to. I only measure pit temps when I do prime rib and brisket HnF. There is such a thing as *too hot* HnF... . I measure meat temps pretty much all of my meats, but the only two meats I rely on temp as a means to an end, is prime rib and chicken. Butts and brisky I use another measuring tool. Its called an icepick...
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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:35 AM   #20
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LOL I have said the same numerous times.

Had to go back to thermometers for comps (really recent change). Really need to be on a successful timeline to succeed there, but in the real world... who cares about temp.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:37 AM   #21
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I think people obsess way too much about stuff like that, it even seems like the going thing now to add computerized devices to your cooker to control temp. I shoot for a temp range instead of a specific temp-usually somewhere between 250-300 for most of my cooks. As long as it's somewhere in there, I'm happy. I do usually check internals on stuff like whole turkeys and beer-can chickens.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:44 AM   #22
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Yup, I obsess over temperature every time. But I'm weird, I like things to be consistent and repeatable.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:55 AM   #23
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My skills are not yet at the point that I feel confident judging things solely on looks or feel. I still use temps as an indicator but I am getting better at learning the other things to look for. Personally I will probably always use temps as a guideline but not as the ultimate indicator.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 09:14 AM   #25
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The only temp I pay attention to it the pit temp as long as it is 275+ I'm golden. I like it hot because I'm lazy.


YOU CAN NOT COOK GREAT BBQ ON A CONSISTENT BASIS BY COOKING TO AN INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OR BY TIME ( XXX MIN PER LB) YOU MUST COOK BY FEEL! For Brisket it must pass the poke test(probe like soft butter) Ribs pass the Bend Test, Pork Butts when the bone wiggles loose. These are the only reliable methods to ensure that your cook will be a success. There is one exception to these rules and that is Poultry which must achieve and internal temp of 170 deg in the thickest part of the thigh and 160 in the breast.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 09:39 AM   #26
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bludawg..right on again...once a cook gains experience you can tell the temp...therm in pockets is for looks..if someone is looking over my shoulder..
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Unread 03-31-2013, 10:41 AM   #27
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Only with bigger hunks of meat like brisket. I have 4 in thr 9.5-10.5 lb range on the Fatboy that I put on last night, running in the 230 temp range. All four are probing different, but they'll be done when they're done.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 11:11 AM   #28
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For pit temps, I'm usually looking at a range from around 270-300ish. For brisket/butts/ribs etc. I'm not monitoring IT. For pork loin, prime rib, etc. I do monitor temps. I don't monitor temps for those cuts obsessively, but I would probably monitor more closely if I were catering or something like that. For chix, I pretty much know when it's done, but I'll still stick it with the Thermapen just to confirm
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Unread 03-31-2013, 07:58 PM   #29
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I started out cooking on an old ECB with out a thermometer. Didn't have a meat thermometer either. Cooked that way for years. Then moved on to a cheap New Braunfels offset and still didn't have a thermometer. It wasn't until I got an OK Joe Vertical Roasting Oven I ever cooked Q with a thermometer. Using nice accurate thermometers these days almost feels like cheatin'.
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