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12-12-2017, 11:43 PM
What do you use to keep track/record of your cooks so that you refer back to at a later date.

I want to keep a record of the cook so I know what I did for the cook or I know what to change or keep doing for the next cook.

12-13-2017, 12:06 AM
Just a small notebook. I don't record much anymore unless I'm using a new cooker or cooking something in a different way. It sure is nice to go back and look at times, temps, fuel etc. I'm not graphing or anything extravagant.

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12-13-2017, 01:06 AM

12-13-2017, 01:30 AM
pencil & paper. After a while.... don't even look back.

12-13-2017, 01:42 AM
pencil & paper. After a while.... don't even look back.

😂 I guess I asked for that. I’m new to the whole smoking scene and trying to learn. Im sure that I had seen somewhere a spreadsheet or something that someone had made that had details such as date time weather etc on It but can’t seem to find it.

12-13-2017, 01:45 AM
Photos. Backed up into cloud and go back for reference. Sometimes I go back to my old threads on here.

Rusty Kettle
12-13-2017, 02:51 AM
I use a notebook. Typically, I only track my competition cooks. Regular cooks I don't make notes unless I stumble on something that can up my competition skills.

smoke ninja
12-13-2017, 04:28 AM
I keep it all safely in the vault :becky:

12-13-2017, 05:35 AM
I use a notebook divided into categories. I record the good cooks so I can repeat it and also record the not-so-good cooks (marked accordingly) so I know what to change or not do the next time.
It's a very basic form I made up.

12-13-2017, 05:58 AM
I jot down notes during a new cook, and then will move that information and any observations to a Word document, complete with any photos. When I repeat a cook, I'll refer back to that document, and I might add a date and new entry if I make some major changes that are worthwhile.

12-13-2017, 06:12 AM
Keeping a log in the beginning is a great idea, it keeps a record so you can avoid making the same mistake twice, or allowing you to duplicate a successful cook.

But using a log as you try new things can also be equally valuable for the very same reasons. It is also a good tool when making a new rub or a new sauce, changing only one item at a time, can lead you in the direction you would like to go without making multiple mistakes of the same nature.

In the beginning I used just a plain spiral binder dedicated only to my cooks. Now there are a lot choices that help make the cook a real science. Excel spreadsheets, PDF forms and a multitude of others.

I suggest a PDF on the Weber Virtual Bullet site. http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/cookinglog_photos/cooklog.pdf 3 separate sheets, use only what you feel you need to use.

Also available in Excel format http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/cookinglog_photos/cooklog.xls for those who use MS Excel


12-13-2017, 06:27 AM
Good info IamMadMan, I just down loaded the PDF version.

12-13-2017, 06:37 AM
I think amazingribs.com used to have a printable chart on their site.

12-13-2017, 07:27 AM
I use an Excel Spreadsheet to keep notes on most of my cooks. It is very helpful.

12-13-2017, 07:32 AM
I've got some pages bookmarked in my browser and never thought about keeping notes. But then again I'm pretty laid back on my cooks (I've never competed or catered).

12-13-2017, 07:52 AM
I just use the notes app on my iPhone. It’s a little tedious but I always have it with me.

Unfortunately I get busy and forget to record things. I did a prime rib last year and cannot remember what temp I pulled it or how long it took to get to IT.

12-13-2017, 08:15 AM

Totally! I keep all my cooks and all my recipes in Evernote. So nice to be available on my laptop, my tablet and my phone.

12-13-2017, 08:19 AM
I think amazingribs.com used to have a printable chart on their site.

12-13-2017, 09:00 AM
Evernote me too

12-13-2017, 09:26 AM
If I print out a recipe, I make notes on that and keep them in a 3-ring notebook if it's a winner. It's a quick way to keep track of any changes I make. Otherwise, I use notepad.

12-13-2017, 09:31 AM
My threads on here are pretty much my only documentation.. Most of the time I don't remember what I did if I don't make a thread about it..

12-13-2017, 09:37 AM
A clipboard and sheet of paper, mainly to keep track of what time I put the meat on.

12-13-2017, 10:49 AM
I'm a lazy guy. While I'm doing a cook, I try to pay attention and note things that happen that I might want to apply to other ones. I take those kinds of observations and stuff them into my memory with related ones from other cooks. Then I try to retrieve them after they've mixed it up a bit and I encounter a similar kind of cook. Works for the most part.

I admit that if it's something I don't do often, I may jot some important stuff down in Evernote for reference.

Smoking Piney
12-13-2017, 10:52 AM
I use a notebook.

smoke ninja
12-13-2017, 10:56 AM
My threads on here are pretty much my only documentation.. Most of the time I don't remember what I did if I don't make a thread about it..

Im guilty of starting a cook thread just so its logged

Kaptain Kadian
12-13-2017, 10:59 AM
Pitpal app

12-13-2017, 12:11 PM
Pitpal app+1

Definitely a pretty cool app. Somehow, I usually forget to use it, but when I do it's nice.

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12-13-2017, 12:27 PM
Google keep...nothing better. You can add pics, add labels (aka tags..ex.. brisket, ribs etc..). Always accessible no matter what device you use. Extremely easy to use. I use it for almost all my recipes etc.

12-13-2017, 12:35 PM
another plug for the PitPal app.

Notorious Q.U.E.
12-13-2017, 12:56 PM
If you use a ATC device, both BBQ Guru and FlameBoss have their proprietary websites that let you log cooks and make notes.

12-13-2017, 01:17 PM
Small notebook for the first few years. Then I got out of practice. I will still ise it to keep track of ingredients changed

12-13-2017, 04:03 PM
I just Ask my Wife each time - “What did I do last time? Did I do this or that.?”
And she always answers “ How the Fluck do I know.!” Keeps it Exciting...... :mrgreen:

12-13-2017, 04:53 PM
I don't document anything. I only cook on one pit and I change up temps I cook at a fair amount so I'd never really replicate exact anyway. Any sauces I come up with I jot down but never really document cooks anymore.

12-13-2017, 06:44 PM
Here they are, almost every rub, bbq sauce, hot sauce, marinara, alfredo, gravy, bread, meat and beer(I home brew) I think I have done in the last few years. Lost them a few months back when we moved and almost had a break down. With all the high tech in my house from, I just enjoy the pen an paper approach when I am writing on my food. They are kept in a "special" location in my kitchen

My daughters each gave me one of the notebooks for fathers day years ago.

Jason TQ
12-13-2017, 09:44 PM
I use Google drive/docs for mostly sausage recipes and food recipes in general. Not really for the cooks, but would be good for that too. Works great since you can access it from anywhere/any device.

Bob C Cue
12-13-2017, 10:00 PM
I don't need to write anything down as I have an amazing memory. I should also mention I have an amazing memory.

12-13-2017, 10:17 PM

Bob C Cue
12-14-2017, 12:16 AM
I have a really good memory so I don't need to record my cooks.

12-14-2017, 12:35 AM
I have a really good memory so I don't need to record my cooks.

I see what you did there lol

smoke ninja
12-14-2017, 08:42 AM
I see what you did there lol

I think bob may be hitting the aluminum foil too hard

12-14-2017, 09:21 AM
I've been known to grab a yellow legal pad to jot things down, then cut the extra 3" off and run it through a 3-hole punch.

12-14-2017, 02:55 PM
My brain.

12-14-2017, 03:12 PM
All I ever record is the recipe. I tend to use a book or something I printed from the internet. If I vary any ingredients, or conclude from the final flavour that I might want to vary ingredients next time (like reducing salt), then I take notes directly onto the recipe paper.

Otherwise, no notes. Trying to document weather, temp, time, etc., would be way too regimented and would suck all the enjoyment out of it for me. Plus, I'd end up losing the documentation anyway (or it would require even more work when I'm not cooking to keep up with it).

I certainly can see how others might find a lot of enjoyment in the documentation, but its just not my cup of tea.

smoke ninja
12-14-2017, 03:15 PM
I rarely take notes, good memory.

There was that time i forgot what temp the family likes the holiday rib roast. After having it nailed 3 times in a row and i couldnt remember if it was 125 or 130 :doh:

12-14-2017, 04:31 PM
I just ask my wife, she knows everything!