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Unread 08-02-2009, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default 1st time cooking over hardwood coals!! w/ pron!!!

Today I finally graduated into the NC Pitmaster fraternity!! I cooked over Hardwood burned down to coals!! I cooked a 5.5 pound Butt and a rack of babybacks over hickory/oak/pecan burned down to coals. I used my burndown barrel and cooked in my drum hog-cooker!!! The babybacks were ok...But the pork was AWESOME!!!! Can't wait to do a whole hog using the OLE' school method. I posted a couple of pictures below!

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Great job! Does your team compete in the NC Pork council events with propane?
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Looks pretty good to me.
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Looks mighty tasty
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Very nice....It takes perseverance, but cooking without charcoals, and propane is very, very doable.... Peppa!!!!
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That is the only way I cooked pork until I made the drum, then I switched to charcoal and chunks but I want a drum with a door to go back to the real way.

Now that right there is real honest to god BBQ! Good job brother.
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Those coals sure look hot,what was the temp?
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Those coals sure look hot,what was the temp?
I really didn't wanna use the thermometers to check for temps...The ole' school Pit-Masters at Lexington BBQ or The Skylight Inn etc..would scorn using a thermometer in the Pit...I did it all on feel...I fired every 30-40 minutes and kept an eye on the meat to make sure it wasn't burning...It's hard work but to be able to say that I had a successful day using hardwood is PRICELESS!!!!! Can't wait to finish my Eastern Style Pit and do a whole hog over wood burned to coals!!!!
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I really didn't wanna use the thermometers to check for temps...The ole' school Pit-Masters at Lexington BBQ or The Skylight Inn etc..would scorn using a thermometer in the Pit...I did it all on feel...I fired every 30-40 minutes and kept an eye on the meat to make sure it wasn't burning...It's hard work but to be able to say that I had a successful day using hardwood is PRICELESS!!!!! Can't wait to finish my Eastern Style Pit and do a whole hog over wood burned to coals!!!!
Did you use a thermo for the meat?
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Did you use a thermo for the meat?
I didn't use thermo for the meat either...I did it all on feel....I kept an eye out for the meat pulling from the bone with ease...
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ok we got a pic of the meat and the coals but what about the pit??
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I didn't use thermo for the meat either...I did it all on feel....I kept an eye out for the meat pulling from the bone with ease...
Great job,the only thing I do by fell is steak.
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ok we got a pic of the meat and the coals but what about the pit??
Here is the Pit..
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I know when to pull my butts off the fire by feel, but I usually still stick a thermo in them while they sit there smoking on the counter, fearful of the coming slaughter. I have left them on so long that the bone pulled right out with a sharp tug and was almost clean. I'd call that pulling back from the bone for sure. a thermo will help you avoid leaving it on that long for sure. It gets too mushy in parts cooked that tender though. IMHO.
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More pictures of the pit please, Smalls,,,im gathering ideas to build my own and yours looks exactly what i had in mind. Pictures of where you place the coals,,,firebox ( if there is one), etc. Thanks!
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