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Unread 04-07-2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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Finally got my charbroil Bandera. I wanted a NB but coundnt find one my part of the country. Anyway I read in the Bandera 101 that you have to coat the inside of the smoker with Veg oil but it also said the OUTSIDE. Is that correct. I ve got several racks of Babybacks I wanted to try, it is that an ok choice for a beginner, any tips. EEL
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Unread 04-07-2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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That's what i did to mine. As a relatively new guy to smoking i suggest just jumping in with anything you have laying around. just take it slow with the ribs. anyway there are a lot of experts on ribs here and they will be happy to share what they know so go to the cattle call and introduce your self. what part of gods country are you from?
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Put the oil in a spray bottle and spray the smoker and firebox inside and out. Get the smoker above 300 degrees for about 4 hours. Don't cook anything while you are doing this. The baby back ribs are a nice first cook. Make sure you raise the fire grate off the bottom of the firebox first or you will get NO oxygen under the fire and it will be hard to keep it lit, especially if it's sitting in its own ash.

You will need to prep the ribs before cooking.

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/rib1.html

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/ribselect1.html#prep

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/ribselect2.html Read about removing the membrane.....It's a must do.
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Why do you oil the outside? Does it burn away or does it make the thing dirty and nasty on the outside? I know it want stay looking like it came out the box and the inside will get dirty. Is there no way to keep the powder coat on the ouside, So what you saying is after I cook with it will look like crap from then on. EEL
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Coating the outside will keep it from rusting.
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Why do you oil the outside? Does it burn away or does it make the thing dirty and nasty on the outside? I know it want stay looking like it came out the box and the inside will get dirty. Is there no way to keep the powder coat on the ouside, So what you saying is after I cook with it will look like crap from then on. EEL
If you want it to look like it came out of the box, keep it in the box.

If you want to cook on it, oil the outside. If done regularly and maintained, this coating of oil will keep the cooker, looking good and free from rust even as the paint fails (it will, especially on and around the firebox, there is no getting around that). As the paint wears away, the oil treated metal will take on the appearance and feel of blued gunmetal or a well seasoned cast iron skillet.
Maintenance applications of oil are best accomplished as the cook is winding down and the cooker is cooling, this allows the oil to "cook in" a bit without cooking away.
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I was real particular about the way my pit looked when I first got it. I would repaint the firebox after every use because it would burn off. What a PITA

After a few months, I quit painting it and began oiling it down. This was a lot easier and kept the rust away.

Then I got so dang lazy that I quit oiling it... bad mistake. The firebox developed a lot of surface rust that took several hours to get off. Now I'm back to oiling the outside everytime I use it.

PS: Congrats on the new smoker!!!
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Not only will you oil the outside, but don't forget to RE-OIL!!!

NEVER open a door, either smoke chamber or firebox, without oiling that doors hinges (I use spray for that) Oil the crap out of them hinges on each and every cook.

Otherwise, be prepared to hear "SNAP" as the hinge pops right off cause it rusted shut
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I love the way SMOKER refers to:

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oil is good! rub it on everything. even though i don't need to i rub it on the inside of the wsm to keep any particles from flaking off and going on the food. i oil down the cast iron cookware, the pizza peel, wooden spoons, even the OL every once and a while.
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oil is good! rub it on everything. even the OL every once and a while.
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