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Unread 07-05-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Default Maiden Voyage - Pit Barrel Cooker...

Hello all you BBQ brothers and sisters..this is my first post as I just joined this site a few days ago.

I wanted to share my VERY FIRST smoking experience with all of you. I took the plunge on a Pit Barrel Cooker last week and decided to "break my smokin' cherry" on Independence Day with a crowd of about 12 adults and a few little ones. I know...ballsy huh? LOL

Anyway, St. Louis Style Spare Ribs (4 racks) and whole Chickens (2), were on the menu.

Here is the synopsis of the event...

Ribs...Perfect (see photo)
Chicken..."The best chicken I have ever had...no ****", direct quote from a southern gal from Georgia.

Total cook time 4 hours (Put the chicken on at the 2 hour mark to finish around the same time as ribs). I can say that this cooker lived up to the good things I read on this site as well as others. and I want to send a personal shout out to my boss who told me to check it out before buying anything.

I welcome you thoughts and comments...til next time.

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Unread 07-05-2013, 09:17 AM   #2
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Welcome neighbor. Great looking first cook, can't wait until next time.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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"The best I've ever had"

Get used to those words. Every time I cook with the PBC those magic words appear. In fact I'm about to order a 2nd PBC.
One for keeping pretty and one for traveling fly fishing as it may get banged up a tad. Try the multiple brands of all natural briquettes and one baseball size chunk of pecan, oak etc. Welcome to the smoker that thinks its a grill. Or was that a grill that thinks its a smoker ;-))
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Unread 07-05-2013, 09:47 AM   #4
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Thanks fellas...I gotta tell ya I was sweating it but the BBQ gods were on my side yesterday (I think cause I followed the PBC directions with exception to lighter fluid, I used a chimney starter)...now I have some confidence.

In Case you wanted to know, I made my own rib rub using Brown Sugar, Kosher and Sea Salt, two types of paprika, fresh crushed pepper medley (black, white and red), alepo chili powder, crushed ancho chili, granulated garlic, granulated honey, garlic powder, cayenne and chinese 5 spice..

for the chicken I used the All Purpose Spice from PBC. And the sauce was a Sweet Onion BBQ sauce I picked up at William Sonoma which I liked very much.

Here's to next time.

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Unread 07-06-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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It looks great!
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Great looking food!

And welcome to the forum.

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Great looking Q right there.
Welcome to the forum and hit Cattle Call when you have time.
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Awesome first cook. And your a brave man too.
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Good looking food!
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Looks pretty darn good!!
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Way to make an entrance bro.
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Good Job.... now you're a whack job like the rest of them...

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Good looking ribs! Too bad there arent any photos of that cooker in action!
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Unread 07-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #14
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We've had quite the spirited debated about the PBC, but quite frankly based on the empirical evidence presented from multiple folks it seems like an awesome cooker just like the WSM.

Long live the venerable UDS, but kudos to the folks who go the extra mile and engineer a quality ready to cook some kick ass que smoker based on a proven design.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 08:08 PM   #15
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Quote:
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Good looking ribs! Too bad there arent any photos of that cooker in action!
Sorry for the late reply but I have been on vacation and off the 'puter...

Will definitely add some action shots next time. It's weekend first time brisket time...woo hoo gonna sink or swim for sure!
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