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Unread 11-24-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Hi all!

Well, gonna throw my 20lb fresh ham on as soon as I can this evening...I've never done an allnighter with the smoker before...so, got any good tips on all night smoking? Do you set your alarm to get up every 1.5 hours or so?

I know for sure I can't hit the Wild Turkey like I usually do on a day smoke...

Any good tips on how to stoke a fire that will keep heat up good...but, not too high...and still be a little forgiving if you oversleep a couple hours?

I've stayed up all night plenty in the past..but, usually partying...not having to keep up with a long term meal process...so, any idea or good stories welcome...

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Unread 11-24-2004, 04:52 PM   #2
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C, I usually put on some good tunes. Keep an alarm set so I don't let things get too outta whack and spend a little time taking notes in my cook's log. An occasional stop in here at the site helps too.
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Unread 11-24-2004, 05:03 PM   #3
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As a person who works three 12 hour night shifts in a row then reverts back to sleeping at night for my days off, i gotta reinforce the idea to set an alarm at all times. Coffee and some good tunes and maybe a good exciting movie or book to pass the time. Move around some and don't get too comfortable.
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Unread 11-24-2004, 05:39 PM   #4
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I seem to get the late night shift for some reason
XM Radio
"REAL" coffee!
Tend a Bandera (every 10 minutes ya gotta do something!!!)
Get good company to visit with!
Remember--you can sleep in a day or two- no problem

Actually, I have no real idea how to do it--just "survival cooking"
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For me if I slow down I'll stop. So I stay out in the shop working on the projects that I never have time to do. Just do not sit down and watch TV next thing you'll know it will be 8:30 and the kids will be looking at cartoons.
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Here's my Recipe for an all nighter.

I am doing this tonight and tomorrow

Get 1 brother in law from the airport at 10pm.
Stop at White Castle and pick up a 30 pack
Come home, its 11:30pm.
Pour JAck Daniels and Gingerales (18oz).
Set up 5 Whitey's each like shots on the counter
Do the Whitey shooters and Jack and Gingers.
Its now 11:35pm
Grab 5 more, reload the JD's and move to the family room
Turn on XBox
Insert Halo 2
Continue to completely annialate the Whiteys, the JD, and each other on the game.
At 3:30am, look at each other and say "We can go to bed now, or we can play for another hour, start the pit, and then open that next 1.75lts of JD"

Opt for the latter.
This goes on until 9am when you set up a Brother Minion method in the firebox to get 3 hours shut eye.

Night #2, continue as above, only start the pit at 11pm for the brisket. 2 more 1.75 liters will be needed for this cook.

This brings you into Friday. You've had little sleep, your thumbs are cranking from gaming, and your liver went bye bye a day ago. So what does a brother do?

He's got a 750ml of Grey Goose, smooth as hell vodka, sitting in the freezer now. Start sipping that on day 3.

I expect to get 10 hours sleep over the next 4 days, and it will be the best time of my life, part 2

Hope this recipe helps
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Unread 11-24-2004, 08:39 PM   #7
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My smoker has it's own "Blankee", so I can get a good 4 hours of sleep before tending the fire box again. Tuck it in and go to bed.
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i got a few....

one, for future use, ..........get a nu-temp remote and 2 additional probes. The reciever can monitor 3 transmitters. you can have one transmitter checkin pit temps and set its low point to alarm you when it drops to 210. The set the other 2 to monitor high points in meat and wake you when brisket hits 180 and butts hits 190.... or any combination ya find ya need. A link to nutemp is in our links section under "official stuff of the brethren".

Until you get a remote, Set a probe thermometer to monitor chamber temps and wake you when the temp drops below 210-120.

Also, a charcoal basket will give you an extended burn, 6-8 hours. You can make a quickie out of 1/2 inch wire mesh, or go all out and have one made by a welder(or BigAl if he feels constructive). Then use the Minion Method int he baskets.

Wrap the cooker in a welding blanket(or an old lawn chair cushion) to retain heat.

I dont bother with cofffee..... 40 minute catnaps go a long way... its better to get a few of those than to wreck your thanksgiving day because ya cant stay awake. Coffe just keeps me up all night and cthen i ant even catch a few short naps.

and lastly....Dont read. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :) Puts me right to sleep.
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Unread 11-24-2004, 10:58 PM   #9
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Learn something new every day. A little Copenhagen in the eye has always worked for me......or salivating over what will come out of the beast when the sun comes up and the <insert favorite curse here> are just rolling out of bed.

Or give my new exercise program a try.....a set of elevated pushups every 15-20 minutes, sip on a beer with AT LEAST a shot of tobasco and lots of pepper every hour. At least I'm hoping this is going to work for me tonight and the temp is getting down in the the 30's....yeah I know...but that's damn cold hear in Texas!
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Unread 11-25-2004, 12:31 AM   #10
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I learned from the poobah and have the NU Temp. 15# ham in and I just got back in from tending the pit then shoveled the neighbors driveway. 6" of snow and it is still falling. Love that "lake effect". Outside temps in the high 20's cook chamber is now at 243* and falling. No insulation mod.
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Need to get that 3rd NU Temp transmitter and probe so I can have an alarm for both high and low chamber temps. Was trying to keep a temp range of 200-240 so I set the alarm to go off if the temp fell to 200. Must of gotten too much fuel in the firebox last time out because the internal temp on the ham jumped to 143 from 120 during the 7th hour of the cook (15#whole ham).
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I'll try to catch a little sleep in the living room with the TV going. I am one of those guys that can not sleep with the tv on unless I am really tired. That with the not as comfy feeling of the couch, I will wake up every little bit. Now of course, I have the nu-temps and that won't be necessary.

I try to avoid all night cooks as much as possible.
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I just keep looking on the "Job Boards".
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I'd rather catch a couple or four hours or so at night and fire the pit up at 3 or 4 am than pull an all nighter
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The most simple and effective way I know is is to drink alot of fluids (NOT containing alcohol). A 12-pack of caffinated Diet Coke is ideal because caffine is also a diuretic (makes you pee). If you do happen to doze off, it won't be for too long; your bladder won't allow it.
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