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twinsfan
08-27-2011, 08:38 AM
I'll be fifty-sixty miles from the eye of Hurricane Irene this evening. Now, because I am really, really, really, REALLY stupid, I can't stress this enough, I'm doing a hurricane cook-out.

My stuffed tenderloin cannot go on the Weber until we have received at least one inch of rain and/or average wind speed is above 25 MPH.

It'll also be interesting combining my Weber kettle with a broken leg and high wind gusts.

I will keep you guys updated as the cook goes on, and I'll post pron if we still have internet by the end of the cook.

Hope that the wind comes soon enough to make this reality.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
08-27-2011, 08:43 AM
Get your camera ready for a few flying saucer pictures when that wind gust hits the kettle.

BBQBot
08-27-2011, 08:44 AM
This reminds me of this quote by Ron White:

"There was a guy, down in Florida, who said that the age of 53 years old he was in good enough physical condition to withstand the wind, rain, and hail of a force-5 hurricane. Now, lemme explain somethin' to ya: It isn't *that* the wind is blowin'. It's *what* the wind is blowin'. If you get hit by a *Volvo*, it don't matter how many sit-ups you did that mornin'. :laugh:

colonel00
08-27-2011, 08:47 AM
"If you have a "Yield" sign in your spleen, joggin' don't really come into play"

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 08:50 AM
xD... we'll see!

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 08:52 AM
Great minds think alike!

Cooking a hot and fast shoulder and trying to finish it before the weather. Nothing like working under a little pressure.
On the smoker at 9:30am, winds 5mph, barometer 29.95

Will update as conditions change.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 08:58 AM
Cool Rolf, but according to my radar you guys are engulfed already.


See, I DON'T want to try to finish it before the storm; quite the opposite. I want to cook in 60 MPH winds and see what happens.

http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/

colonel00
08-27-2011, 08:58 AM
Oh yeah, for what it's worth, it's sunny and 76* here without a cloud in the sky :icon_smile_tongue:

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 09:03 AM
I could fire off a lot of expletives your way colonel. :)

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 09:05 AM
We're a bit further inland at the top of the Chesapeake Bay. Our local weather is calling for the worst this evening.

As far as the 60 MPH wind cook. You could have practiced in the back of a pick-up on the NJ Turnpike. Then you would have your cook log perfected for these conditions!

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 09:09 AM
Screw da NJ turnpike. Nothing good comes from there. :/


Anyways, our winds are up to 6-8 MPH here. Anyone knows how long a 2.2 LB tenderloin stuffed with onions, celery, and Stovetop stuffing will take? I'm thinking 4 hours under lowish heat.

Black Dog BBQ
08-27-2011, 09:22 AM
LOL Can't wait till tornado season again, I'll enter this "throw down".

smokeyw
08-27-2011, 09:40 AM
You may want to rethink your hurricane cook. There is absolutely no way you could keep a lid on a weber kettle or even keep the kettle in place where I am. It is nasty here!!!

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 09:46 AM
Again smokeyw, I cannot stress this enough, I'm really really stupid.


We need to have an informal storm throwdown. Like whenever a big snow storm or flood is coming, we open up a thread to see what people can do in intense weather.

Boshizzle
08-27-2011, 09:52 AM
I thought about firing up the Jambo and keeping a fire going during the storm but decided I was too lazy and my excuse made me feel a little better when I decided the meat should be marinated overnight which I haven't done.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 09:58 AM
We're up to 10-12 MPH here.. getting close. I think five hours is enough for stuffed 2.2 LBer?

caseydog
08-27-2011, 10:28 AM
You may want to rethink your hurricane cook. There is absolutely no way you could keep a lid on a weber kettle or even keep the kettle in place where I am. It is nasty here!!!

Especially when the neighbor's patio furniture hits it. :rolleyes:

CD

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 10:32 AM
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY)

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 10:52 AM
11:45 - two hours into the Hurricane Pork

Smoker rock solid at 325 - Thanks CyberQ
Shoulder 132 at the muscle
Winds at 13-15 MPH
Pressure at 29.87 and falling

Put the rain tent over the top vent just in case.

All systems are go and having some homemade Sangria!

-You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning!-

2dumb2kwit
08-27-2011, 10:54 AM
Again smokeyw, I cannot stress this enough, I'm really really stupid.


We need to have an informal storm throwdown. Like whenever a big snow storm or flood is coming, we open up a thread to see what people can do in intense weather.

In a snow storm, I might join in......with the chance of being impaled by a flying tree limb, I'll stay in and wait for the end of the storm. LOL Tree's are coming down near me, as we type. (If you call half a mile "near".)

colonel00
08-27-2011, 10:55 AM
Especially when the neighbor's patio furniture hits it. :rolleyes:

CD

Or if the neighbor's patio hits it :shocked:

boogiesnap
08-27-2011, 11:18 AM
i seriously considered this myself...but i am a ron white fan myself.

i'll wait till monday, full sun and 80*.

be careful out there. maybe bungee the lid down to the ground somehow?

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 11:35 AM
Again smokeyw, I cannot stress this enough, I'm really really stupid.


We need to have an informal storm throwdown. Like whenever a big snow storm or flood is coming, we open up a thread to see what people can do in intense weather.

We could have had an earthquake throwdown earlier this week. It would have to have been very fast though.

Boshizzle
08-27-2011, 11:50 AM
Here is some pr0n from the cook.


http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=326&pictureid=4057

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 11:57 AM
12:45 -Three hours into the Hurricane Pork

Shoulder 161 at the muscle
Shoulder panned and wrapped (Wife is ready to tear into it now. PATIENCE!)
Winds gusting 13-15 MPH
Pressure at 29.79 and falling
Starting to rain steadily, Hope the GURU can fight it off for a few more hours.

Going to make a classic Carolina sauce in honor of my storm ravaged brethren in the teeth of the storm.

"There's white caps on the ocean and I'm watchin' for water spouts" JB

caseydog
08-27-2011, 12:10 PM
Put the rain tent over the top vent just in case.

If Irene gets close to you, you can kiss that tent goodbye. Well, maybe not -- your pissed off neighbor may bring it back to you after it goes through his downwind window. :becky:

CD

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 12:38 PM
If Irene gets close to you, you can kiss that tent goodbye. Well, maybe not -- your pissed off neighbor may bring it back to you after it goes through his downwind window. :becky:

CD

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7SBoNK0WHZo/Tlkq7oFbm0I/AAAAAAAABgs/0ZGnBPvvTfU/s640/IMG_1709.JPG
Don't think this tents going to do much damage in any kind of storm!

Will keep you posted and alert the authorities if it becomes airborne.

El Ropo
08-27-2011, 12:41 PM
We're up to 10-12 MPH here.. getting close. I think five hours is enough for stuffed 2.2 LBer?

If you want a huge chunk of coal, 5 hours will work. Realistically, cook it hot and fast, and pull @ 145 internal max. @ 325 that should only take about an hour or so. Less time out in the elements :)

btcg
08-27-2011, 12:54 PM
Irene is just starting here... but I was prepared: spatchcocked and cooked a chicken on the gasser, grilled up some asparagus on there too, and did a large ring kielbasa (for our son, who came overe to help out). So even if we lose power, dinner is already done.

Hit the beer store and stocked up, too.

Boy scout motto.

caseydog
08-27-2011, 12:59 PM
If you want a huge chunk of coal, 5 hours will work. Realistically, cook it hot and fast, and pull @ 145 internal max. @ 325 that should only take about an hour or so. Less time out in the elements :)

Yeah, pork tenderloin doesn't take long to cook, and it will get tough and dry if you cook it too long.

I do mine the same way El Ropo does his.

Of course, it won't matter if your tenderloin ends up all over the yard. :heh:

CD

caseydog
08-27-2011, 01:00 PM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7SBoNK0WHZo/Tlkq7oFbm0I/AAAAAAAABgs/0ZGnBPvvTfU/s640/IMG_1709.JPG
Don't think this tents going to do much damage in any kind of storm!

Will keep you posted and alert the authorities if it becomes airborne.

Yeah? I bet an F5 tornado could turn that there tent into a deadly projectile. :heh:

CD :becky:

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 01:08 PM
'Ight, I'm stuffing it now. Gusts are around 20 MPH and constant 12-16 MPH.. I'm going to start the log burning in a few minutes. I'll keep ya guys posted!

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 01:10 PM
Here she is.

4 3/4 hours at 325, Cherry and pecan chunks

She now goes to the cooler double wrapped in foil and the cooler stuffed with towels.

See you in two hours!

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kHGu3ADhfcM/TlkyZiFNsoI/AAAAAAAABg0/CHJKCahNRKQ/s640/IMG_1711.JPG

colonel00
08-27-2011, 01:18 PM
Here she is.

4 3/4 hours at 325, Cherry and pecan chunks

She now goes to the cooler double wrapped in foil and the cooler stuffed with towels.

See you in two hours!

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kHGu3ADhfcM/TlkyZiFNsoI/AAAAAAAABg0/CHJKCahNRKQ/s640/IMG_1711.JPG

Looks good from here. Did you cook in the pan the whole time?

'Ight, I'm stuffing it now. Gusts are around 20 MPH and constant 12-16 MPH.. I'm going to start the log burning in a few minutes. I'll keep ya guys posted!

Ya know, I was just thinking (yes it hurt). :doh: Have you ever read the Darwin Awards and asked yourself "what was that person thinking"? :crazy: Now you have a chance to answer that question before you receive your posthumous nomination. :shocked: :becky:

Brian in Maine
08-27-2011, 01:29 PM
I'm going out shortly to put my grills and smokers away.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 01:29 PM
http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/6888/dsc03961f.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/585/dsc03961f.jpg/)


She'll sit in timeout for an hour before she goes on the Weber. These winds need to get stronger quickly! I want to loose a leg!

btcg
08-27-2011, 01:35 PM
http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/6888/dsc03961f.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/585/dsc03961f.jpg/)


She'll sit in timeout for an hour before she goes on the Weber. These winds need to get stronger quickly! I want to loose a leg!

Shouldn't you boil it, first? :-D

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 01:42 PM
^^^ xD xD

Ok, as the coals are on, I must review the rules of the 1st Annual Hurricane BBQ.

I may only go inside:

1. To update you guys
2. Grab a Snapple (my version of having a beer)
3. If I've lost a limb, eye, hand, tounge, or ear.


Otherwise, I may not go inside. There's a small overhang to hide under, but I'm only going to use it in extremely dangerous situations. No coats or boots allowed.


The rain has started and the winds are solid.

btcg
08-27-2011, 01:50 PM
^^^ xD xD

Ok, as the coals are on, I must review the rules of the 1st Annual Hurricane BBQ.

I may only go inside:

1. To update you guys
2. Grab a Snapple (my version of having a beer)
3. If I've lost a limb, eye, hand, tounge, or ear.


Otherwise, I may not go inside. There's a small overhang to hide under, but I'm only going to use it in extremely dangerous situations. No coats or boots allowed.


The rain has started and the winds are solid.

Guy,

You're a hoot, BUT:

the storm hasn't arrived where I am yet (DC area). It'll be tomorrow before you see it.

How many hours you planning to cook that? Looks like 1 -1.5 hours, max.

caseydog
08-27-2011, 01:54 PM
Okay, let's start the betting. I'll wager ten bucks on that small overhang being what hits him.

And, what's the line on the distance the kettle lid will travel?

CD

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 01:58 PM
OMG Casey I almost died :rofl:


Anyways, I fed the coals paper over and over till they caught. Not much wind but boy it's raining


And Casey the overhang is part of our brick house.. shouldn't fall on me since it''s been around for 275 years and probably seen worse.

Arlin_MacRae
08-27-2011, 01:59 PM
You guys do realize there's some guy on the Gulf Coast laughing his arse off over your Category I hurricane antics, right? :razz:

colonel00
08-27-2011, 02:00 PM
Oooh, prop bets like all those wacky bets you can place on the Super Bowl. Will the lid land up or down? Will they Twins score more runs than hours twinsfan can stay outside. The over/under for times he has to pull the meat and relight the charcoal is set at 3.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:03 PM
Colonel that must be the hardest I've laughed in a month. No kidding.


I'm planning on cooking indirect for two hours or until my thermo hits 170 F, which is ten degrees over, so like 160 F real

btcg
08-27-2011, 02:03 PM
One thing, Twinsfan won't have much to say when my Tigers are done with them today. Justin Verlander time soon!

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:03 PM
I'm crying and coughing with laughter on the last one frm colonel


It's on at 3:03... gotta go back out there and brave the weather.

caseydog
08-27-2011, 02:08 PM
You guys do realize there's some guy on the Gulf Coast laughing his arse off over your Category I hurricane antics, right? :razz:

I used to live down there, and a cat-one can still fark things up. Even a tropical storm can do pretty good damage. Old trees with dense foliage don't need a lot of wind to fail.

CD

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:09 PM
http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/4058/dsc03963za.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/16/dsc03963za.jpg/)

No Pedos..
http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/8654/dsc03962pl.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/825/dsc03962pl.jpg/)

btcg
08-27-2011, 02:13 PM
No wonder you boil things.

Rule 1: get the charcoal hot first.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:13 PM
And please space out the shots at me, I need them to keep coming for 2+ hours if I can reason with myself to keep doing this.. it's freaking pouring all the sudden

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:14 PM
@btcg that's once the paper died down the first time, it took four times to catch

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:27 PM
The rain has died, the mulberry log is giving some nice smoke, but the tenderloin is cooking very slowly, so I'm happy I put a few pads of butter next to the tenderloin so it keeps a little moisture as it slowly cooks.

Big Ace
08-27-2011, 02:30 PM
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Tip #1 junior, the top grate is where the food goes, the bottom grate is where the fire goes. Its much easier to light when it's windy outside. YMMV

scm1226
08-27-2011, 02:31 PM
Your parents should monitor you more closely.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:38 PM
whatz? I use the grill 2-3 times a week for two years.. not near an expert with fire but I'd say I'm fairly safe.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:39 PM
Tip #1 junior, the top grate is where the food goes, the bottom grate is where the fire goes. Its much easier to light when it's windy outside. YMMV


Thanks, you mean take the upper grate off and just put the chimney on the lower grate? I'l try that next time, I was tought to put on the top grill and brush/scrub it after you dump.

caseydog
08-27-2011, 02:46 PM
Thanks, you mean take the upper grate off and just put the chimney on the lower grate? I'l try that next time, I was tought to put on the top grill and brush/scrub it after you dump.

Yep. Starting it down there will cut down on some of the wind blowing in the bottom. Your chimney will fit on the bottom grate of an 18.5 or 22.5 webber with ease.

CD

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:48 PM
Unfortunately, the rain and wind has died down. Probably just hit by a band. This was such a bad hurricane cookout I may have to do another one tomorrow.

In other news, loin is cooking much faster, may be done in half an hour.

btcg
08-27-2011, 02:49 PM
It's cool that you're just a kid, but trying to learn.

BUT: my Tigers are still going to destroy your Twins today (insert evil laugh here)!

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 02:49 PM
Looks good from here. Did you cook in the pan the whole time?

Cooked on the grate to 160 +/- transferred to the pan at 195 +/-. I use the pan as it is easier to handle than just foiling. It also allows me to reserve all the "dripn's" for a mop when I pull / slice / chop.

When I place it in the cooler for its nap I double wrap with HD foil.

As for my man, Twins Fan, we had a hurricane plan and we worked it.
Don't let the haters hold you down!!! I'm betting on some good food, but I'll take the under on the boy hanging around to help the whole cook.:-D

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 02:51 PM
It's cool that you're just a kid, but trying to learn.

BUT: my Tigers are still going to destroy your Twins today (insert evil laugh here)!

Don't care this year, I've officially given up.

btcg
08-27-2011, 02:51 PM
Of course, when I was your age, some guys were "legs" men, but I was always a Twins fan (gawd I hope Cowgirl doesn't read this). Come to think of it, I still am.

Is that what your handle means?

btcg
08-27-2011, 02:53 PM
Okay, you really are a Twins fan. Let me guess: Moreau (spelled right?). Your team is still pretty darn good. That darn Cuddyer scares me.

caseydog
08-27-2011, 02:57 PM
It will be clear and hot when CJ goes to the mound for the AL West leading Rangers tonight in Dallas. :thumb:

CD

btcg
08-27-2011, 03:00 PM
It will be clear and hot when CJ goes to the mound for the AL West leading Rangers tonight in Dallas. :thumb:

CD


Rangers are a good team. This next month or so will be interesting. Glad I have the baseball package.

OH, forgot: Let's Go Ravens!

caseydog
08-27-2011, 03:03 PM
Rangers are a good team. This next month or so will be interesting. Glad I have the baseball package.

OH, forgot: Let's Go Ravens!

I'm a Rangers, Mavericks and Stars fan, but for football, I am a life-long citizen of Steeler Nation. :boxing:

CD :-D

btcg
08-27-2011, 03:04 PM
i'm a rangers, mavericks and stars fan, but for football, i am a life-long citizen of steeler nation. :boxing:

Cd :-d

ugh!

Dock
08-27-2011, 03:05 PM
Delete, wrong thread. I suck at this....

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 03:05 PM
Small branches and pots falling. 145 F internal...

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 03:11 PM
but for football, I am a life-long citizen of Steeler Nation. :boxing:
Everything was going so well, then this.:doh:

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 03:11 PM
Anything else I should put on before I loose a limb?

El Ropo
08-27-2011, 03:18 PM
Small branches and pots falling. 145 F internal...

I'd pull it off right now and wrap in foil for 30 min. or so. It's gonna be dry, and overcooked if you keep going!

Big Ace
08-27-2011, 03:19 PM
Thanks, you mean take the upper grate off and just put the chimney on the lower grate? I'l try that next time, I was tought to put on the top grill and brush/scrub it after you dump.

Yep, what CD said.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 03:27 PM
^^^ It's up to 165 F now, and my folks have meddled in the cooking and require it to stay on since my last two cooks were, I admit, a tad undercooked. I'm going to just take it off anyways,

El Ropo
08-27-2011, 03:31 PM
It's a tenderloin, not a brisket or butt! You're gonna end up with a lump of coal :)

btcg
08-27-2011, 03:32 PM
^^^ It's up to 165 F now, and my folks have meddled in the cooking and require it to stay on since my last two cooks were, I admit, a tad undercooked. I'm going to just take it off anyways,


Wrap & rest it for at least 30 min. It'll be fine.

Big Ace
08-27-2011, 03:35 PM
Anyways, I fed the coals paper over and over till they caught. Not much wind but boy it's raining


Tip #2 use paper towels lightly soaked vegetable oil, not newspaper to start a chimney. Very little soot and they act like a candle wick, low chance of flame out.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 03:36 PM
Took it off, against the will of others. Here's pics.
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/3089/dsc03965m.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/221/dsc03965m.jpg/)

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/1936/dsc03966g.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/26/dsc03966g.jpg/)

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 03:36 PM
Into the fridge, you'll see it served up with apple sauce and green beans in 2-3 hours. Any other rainy treats I should put on?

bmanMA
08-27-2011, 03:39 PM
Into the fridge, you'll see it served up with apple sauce and green beans in 2-3 hours. Any other rainy treats I should put on?

Yeah, go throw a 12 lb packer on.

Boshizzle
08-27-2011, 03:41 PM
Looks good, twinsfan!

btcg
08-27-2011, 03:48 PM
I might throw it under the broiler and char it real good.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 03:54 PM
^^^ wat?

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 03:55 PM
Yeah, go throw a 12 lb packer on.


Because I just keep my least favorite piece of BBQ meat sitting in my fridge.

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 04:00 PM
Here she is all rested, sliced and pulled!
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-gHhlLeBIbkk/TllZUJabFBI/AAAAAAAABg8/zGh4rdTcpYI/s640/IMG_1713.JPG

And after the wife got a hold of it and called the neighbors!!!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-V94-kLCSgdU/TllZU54muOI/AAAAAAAABhE/ggvz7IwKuuk/s640/IMG_1715.JPG

All in all a successful Hurricane cook!

Now here comes the rain and wind.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 04:03 PM
'Jacked thread. :)


That's all the meat you got? Either you have a huge cutting board or that's a little meat. Looks nice otherwise.

NorthwestBBQ
08-27-2011, 04:13 PM
Here she is all rested, sliced and pulled!
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-gHhlLeBIbkk/TllZUJabFBI/AAAAAAAABg8/zGh4rdTcpYI/s640/IMG_1713.JPG

And after the wife got a hold of it and called the neighbors!!!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-V94-kLCSgdU/TllZU54muOI/AAAAAAAABhE/ggvz7IwKuuk/s640/IMG_1715.JPG

All in all a successful Hurricane cook!

Now here comes the rain and wind.

It really looks good.

sbramm
08-27-2011, 04:45 PM
this is funny... i was thinking the same thing with a rack of ribs as she crosses western MA tomorrow. the ULTIMATE drum test perhaps?! :crazy:

MilitantSquatter
08-27-2011, 04:46 PM
Into the fridge, you'll see it served up with apple sauce and green beans in 2-3 hours. Any other rainy treats I should put on?

Watch out for the Danger Zone

Kenny Loggins - Highway to the Danger Zone lyrics - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fab0nsF1z2I)

rolfejr
08-27-2011, 04:57 PM
'Jacked thread. :)


That's all the meat you got? Either you have a huge cutting board or that's a little meat. Looks nice otherwise.

Just the highlights, plenty more on the side!

Not a jacked thread, a shared experience!

caseydog
08-27-2011, 05:05 PM
Tip #2 use paper towels lightly soaked vegetable oil, not newspaper to start a chimney. Very little soot and they act like a candle wick, low chance of flame out.

Down here where everything around me is tinder, I use Weber paraffin cubes. Of course, burning embers flying around don't matter in hurricane rains.

CD

Drew
08-27-2011, 05:32 PM
twinsfan, you still alive and cookin' out there or did the kettle decide to go visit the neighbors?

JMSetzler
08-27-2011, 05:35 PM
I live in western NC and it's been partly cloudy here all day but its a little breezy. I'm hoping the wind dies down a little before I toss a butt on the drum at about 4am in the morning...

NS Mike D
08-27-2011, 05:47 PM
the butts came out great and the cuban sandwiches were a big hit. The gear has been moved into the shed for the night. Thanks to King's thread.

My B-I-L made hurricanes for the occasion.

twinsfan
08-27-2011, 05:50 PM
Gonna warm up the stuffed loin in a few minutes, pics coming fools!

NS Mike D
08-27-2011, 05:54 PM
waiting for gov Christie to make the tv announcement to twinsfan to get the hell off the smoker

El Ropo
08-27-2011, 06:31 PM
Down here where everything around me is tinder, I use Weber paraffin cubes. Of course, burning embers flying around don't matter in hurricane rains.

CD

I've been using the large cans of sterno, works great and you can move it around under the coals to get em all burning good. Specially when you're only lighting 10-15 briqs, you can stack 'em up on one side of chimney and place the sterno directly under.