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Old 06-11-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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My first cook on WSM22, spareribs and mexican corn, turned out to be a hit this past Sunday. So much so that my darling former wife wants me to cook for a get together this Friday. The folks invited are family and dear friends that live out of state. Any ideas out there from the brethren?

I just did ribs so would like to pass on those. Thought of redoing my turkey idea I had for the inaugral cook this past weekend...maybe add some chicken. Could do some tri tip..I ave cooked many on the gasser but never smoked one. My son just suggested pulled pork. Maybe I should do a pork butt....never done that before. Anyhow, any suggestions would be a help...remember, I am cooking for 20 and am a total rookie to the smoking world but am excited to play with my 22"r.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:42 PM   #2
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Feeding a large crowd I'd go for a sure thing. I'd do ribs again. Unless you want to tick off your ex lol
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:50 PM   #3
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I know, huh...I was kinda thinking along those lines myself but the adventurer in me begs to push the envelope....just can't help myself sometimes!
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:04 AM   #4
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Or do a trial run of something new tomorrow. If it works out go for it again on Friday. Or you can do ribs again with a different recipe (new rub, new sauce).
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:22 AM   #5
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Spatchcock chicken is real good, or a nice rib eye roast, smoked with a little mesquite.......yum!! Or you could go with a combination of things, like the ribs and a pork butt and chicken wings.........or a brisket is usually a big hit.......lots of options.

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Old 06-12-2013, 07:58 AM   #6
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Go back to the well with the ribs.

And did you say the words "darling former wife" in one sentence?

I can't even wrap my head around that phrase....
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:04 AM   #7
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For that size of crowd, I'd definitely throw a couple pork butts on there and make pulled pork. Not nearly as labor intensive as some other things, not too expensive, most people like it, and most importantly-hard to screw up.
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I agree with the gang. Don't try something new when there is a crowd waiting :)

But, ribs for 20? What else is being served? If that's the only meat then you have to plan on half a rack per person. 10 racks is tight on a 22.5" WSM unless you have rib racks.

The easiest meat to cook for a crowd is pulled pork, and it is fairly hard to screw up. The biggest problem is not allowing enough time. If you want to try that, time you cook so that the pork will be done 4 hours before your want to serve. That way if it takes longer (most likely it will) you will still have a buffer.

A typical 8 lb. butt will yield 16 1/4 lb. sandwiches, so you'll need two butts that are at least 8 lbs each. If it were me I would cook them at 270 and plan 75 minutes per pound. But, that's just a guideline. The butts are done when your probe slides in easily, with little resistance, or when the bone wiggles free. When they are done wrap in HD foil and ut them in a dry cooler with some towels or newspaper for insulation until serving time. They'll be too hot to touch even after 4 hours.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:11 AM   #9
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Screw the crowd, push your limits!

Do some pulled pork. A pork butt is the most forgiving piece of meat that takes an act of god or some severe undercooking for you to mess it up.

I typically don't try to cook something for a crowd that i haven't practice, but I have done it from time to time. I haven't failed yet on experiments for the crowd. :p
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Pork butt is also easily cooked and pulled the day before, and reheated for the meal. It's one of the few meats that I find just as good or better reheated as fresh. Don't sauce it until you reheat it, though.
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I also noticed the "darling former wife" comment as well.

For 20 people on your second cook I would definitely go with pulled pork. With the WSM, dial it in and let it do its thing and you can enjoy the day with family and friends. Just make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get it done, rested and pulled. Nothing worse than having a bunch of hungry people sitting around waiting to eat. You could easily do 2 butts on that bad boy as well as some appetizers, etc...
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:20 AM   #12
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Add my vote for pulled pork. It's a pretty forgiving meat and all you really need to do is allow plenty of time. Give yourself a buffer by allowing an extra four hours and you can wrap it and put it in a picnic cooler for an extended rest. And you can make enough so you'll even have leftovers. Make some slaw and mustard style sauce to serve on the side and you'll be golden. Actually, you can have a variety of sauces to serve on the side so your guests can choose. I prefer Big Daddy's Carolina style sauce but my guests usually go for Sweet baby Ray's.

Now I'm hungry.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:33 AM   #13
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I vote for pork butt as well and throw some chicken in there for a little extra sumpin sumpin.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:32 AM   #14
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Pork butts and some wings.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:38 AM   #15
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Another vote for pulled pork. It takes a long time which makes it seem more special to your crowd. Hard to screw it up. Throw a couple fatties on there for appetizers and you'll own that crowd.
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