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Old 12-10-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default First UDS build

Read enough on this site about how to build a UDS, so I figured I should give it a shot. I've been wanting a bigger smoker for a while, and a barrel seemed like a great way to go since I don't have enough room in my garage for an offset.

Got the barrel off craigslist for $20. Took it out to my parents' place in the country to burn it out. Too bad the outside paint burned off, it was a really nice blue.

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I got all the parts and a buddy of mine came over to weld together the charcoal basket. After I put it all together and seasoned it, tested it out on a rack of ribs.

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A little darker than normal, but tasted pretty good.

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Wanted to try something that would take longer to see how it held a temp, so I did a pork butt. It was a little cold out, so I used my wind screen to help keep some of the heat in.

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All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out. Cooking a pastrami on it as I type this. The last little change I need to make is to cut a hole for all of my probes to go through. For now, I'm just using one of the small holes where a bolt for the upper grate would go, but that is a big pain to get 3 probes through.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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Congrats on the build!
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #5
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Nice work I love pastrami
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Well done!
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Looks great.

Add a diffuser pan, it will keep the meat from getting dark.
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