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cousinconley
09-15-2011, 09:24 PM
Hello everyone. This is some pics of my first smoke on a custom UDS smoker. I seasoned it on a previous weekend. On a spur of of the moment decision, I decided to test it on a set of beef ribs. I was having trouble calibrating the temp until I read a post on this forum of using 4 handfuls of charcoal. In hind site I should have marinated the ribs in something like Guinness or Dr Pepper.

Full frontal:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ieJY_VLejdA/TnKfDnt-g0I/AAAAAAAAA34/Mv3wUsO9Mzs/s512/Photo0137.jpg

Four handfuls of lump charcoal:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-HEnDaKVfsK8/TnKfE8Z-5BI/AAAAAAAAA38/DR6DbhNeSGg/s512/Photo0142.jpg

Setting the ribs on the grate...cheap rub:

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With the 4 handfuls plus 1 handful of lit coals, I was able to maintain the temp around 250 F. Every 2 hours I added a handful of lump.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RvFAMh0N1oM/TnKfF6hO6pI/AAAAAAAAA4A/oFQLiueaecE/s512/Photo0145.jpg

The ribs cooked quicker than I estimated. There was some shrinkage, but they were not dried out:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Q87B3AlsD5g/TnKfGKwPRnI/AAAAAAAAA4E/c5Hz0pzI5Ec/s640/Photo0147.jpg

Final pic:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-UzG3wt2RbYY/TnKfHmzAmzI/AAAAAAAAA4M/qnCQLZykNOc/s640/Photo0148.jpg

Boshizzle
09-15-2011, 09:29 PM
Welcome! Great looking cooker and awesome BBQ, congrats!

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=326&pictureid=4154

---k---
09-15-2011, 09:34 PM
That looks like a very nice drum. I've never seen one with the door and lid like that. Can you tell us more about it? Inquiring minds want to know. :wink:

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HeSmellsLikeSmoke
09-15-2011, 09:35 PM
The ribs look dang good. If weren't dried out, why do think you need to soak them next time?

If you posted the build pics, I missed them. I can't figure out what the rods do nor where the grate sits?

Mister Bob
09-15-2011, 09:35 PM
Very nice cooker and tasty looking beef ribs.

NorthwestBBQ
09-15-2011, 09:39 PM
Looking good!

cousinconley
09-15-2011, 09:51 PM
The reason I thought of marinating was the ribs seemed bland...but I did not use any hickory chucks either. That would have helped some.

cousinconley
09-15-2011, 09:59 PM
That looks like a very nice drum. I've never seen one with the door and lid like that. Can you tell us more about it? Inquiring minds want to know. :wink:

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Sure. I found this smoker on craigslist. The people were moving and it was in pretty rough shape. This is what I looked like after I purchased it:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-b4YQBvYqiVo/TnDBMxHX-eI/AAAAAAAAA3U/E2dm73FIZxg/s512/Photo0117.jpg

I talked them down of their asking price. They were moving and did not want to take it with them. I don't blame them. I think it weighs around 300 pounds or better. I spent roughly $100 supplies to restore it. I had to replace the wheels, strip off all the old pant and rust inside and out. Plus I built a door for the bottom damper.

sandiegobbq
09-15-2011, 10:05 PM
Very cool smoker.

cousinconley
09-15-2011, 10:55 PM
The ribs look dang good. If weren't dried out, why do think you need to soak them next time?

If you posted the build pics, I missed them. I can't figure out what the rods do nor where the grate sits?

The rods are for supporting the grate. The original grate was so badly rusted I threw it away. It is an odd size. Something like 19 inches. So I purchased a couple of 17.5 inch grates on clearance for both bottom and top rack. The rods you see at the top are just some rebar I got a lowes and clipped on with steel clips. I have some expanded steel on order to support the top grate rather than using the rebar. The bottom rods are rebar that was welded on by the original owner. I have yet to cook on that level.

expatpig
09-16-2011, 08:30 AM
Great job, awesome smoker, I wouldn't classify it as a UDS though.

cousinconley
09-16-2011, 08:33 AM
Great job, awesome smoker, I wouldn't classify it as a UDS though.

Yeah I am not certain what classification to give it. Any thoughts?

expatpig
09-16-2011, 08:40 AM
How about an"Upright Cylindrical Smoker" ?

cousinconley
09-16-2011, 08:45 AM
How about an"Upright Cylindrical Smoker" ?

Hmmm...I will need to think on that. UCS...I think my smoker is definitely a class all its own. It definitely is not a drum in the sense it was never a 55 gallon container. I think this was made from a culvert pipe or something like that.

I think later today I will post some pics from my restoration of it. Thanks for the suggestion. It has me thinking now.

jerneedog
09-16-2011, 10:20 AM
Nice smoker you got there!
Looking forward to more pics!

deguerre
09-16-2011, 10:39 AM
Nice restore job! I see you like some ribs with your sauce...:heh:



I'd still hit those.:becky:

expatpig
09-16-2011, 11:30 AM
Nice restore job! I see you like some ribs with your sauce...:heh:



I'd still hit those.:becky:

I was thinking the same thing:doh:

cousinconley
09-16-2011, 11:37 AM
I was thinking the same thing:doh:

It came out a little bland. It was more of a test on the new smoker.

cousinconley
09-16-2011, 11:38 AM
Nice smoker you got there!
Looking forward to more pics!

Here are more pics from my restore project this summer:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1790194#post1790194

jerneedog
09-16-2011, 12:31 PM
Here are more pics from my restore project this summer:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1790194#post1790194

Oh, very nice! Nice work on restoring that sweet baby!