View Full Version : first cook on new lonestargrillz insulated smoker (PrOn)

11-05-2013, 10:00 AM
I just finished my first cook on my new Lonestargrillz vertical insulated smoker. It was a very windy day in the mid 50"s so it wasnt too bad outside. I decided to do a couple racks of baby backs and a rack of spares. Cooker came up to temperature pretty easy and held solid at 225. I played around with the air intake and exhaust dampers a bit just to experiment. And could get the temp up and down at will. I do not have a guru yet. I put a 18lb bag of walmart brand charcoal in with about 3-4 small fist sized chunks of hickory and pecan. I did fill the water pan and then about half way through I drained it to see what kind of difference it made in temp. It only went up from 225 to about 300 at the hotest. I was however choking it down too. I kinda had 2 goals. The first was to see what would happen, the second was it was 10pm and we were starving so I wanted to finish them up! I ended up pulling the ribs sooner than I like because we were ready to eat. But overall it was a good first run. Definitely not my best ribs but hey, its a new smoker. I still have some learning to do but Im excited about it. BTW, at 5 am the next morning the temp was still at almost 190 with the dampers wide open since about 10:30 the night before. I had started the smoker at about 6 pm. Pretty efficient in my book.

Big George's BBQ
11-05-2013, 10:03 AM
Very Nice Ribs look Great

Concept Que
11-05-2013, 10:05 AM
They look great!

11-05-2013, 10:09 AM
Ribs look great and it sounds like that rig is gonna do you well! Congrats, again!

11-05-2013, 10:12 AM
Thanks for the comments. Like I said, I pulled them a little early but overall they were great.

11-05-2013, 10:29 AM
looks good. glad the unit worked out for you and sounds great that you can easily control temps- why waste cash on a guru if you can control tems without it on your first smoke--

for me, just more stuff to set up before you get to the real fun of actually cooking. Plus..by the time its eating time for me..I have normally had a few too many brews and dont want to be outside looking for stuff I need to pick up before the end of the night...I dont even really use my maverick anymore as I now know the smoker well and dont have to get up every 20 minues to look at the therm. temp

Big Bears BBQ
11-05-2013, 10:30 AM
You did good .....

11-05-2013, 10:36 AM
Very nice.

11-05-2013, 12:38 PM
Looks great.

How is the temp from top to bottom? Pretty close?

11-05-2013, 01:15 PM
I didnt check. I was kinda pressed for time and it was getting dark on me. Not a very well planned cook but I couldnt wait. I had to cook something. Once I get a free saturday I plan on doing some pork butt and do some temp checks.

11-05-2013, 02:27 PM
Glad to hear you are happy with your new cooker. I look forward to reading about your future cooks.

11-05-2013, 06:46 PM

I just got a different Lonestar but I'm sure the high quality of build is the same...

11-05-2013, 06:47 PM
looks nice

11-05-2013, 06:49 PM
Very impressive hold time...Did you have any challenges getting the pit up to temp with a full water bath?


11-05-2013, 06:57 PM
Looks good. That's how it goes sometimes when everyone is saying hey when's the food gonna be done. :becky:

11-05-2013, 10:14 PM
Looks good, solid first cook on a new pit!

11-05-2013, 11:29 PM
Nice cook