View Full Version : First smoke in the new UDS, with pron

12-22-2008, 02:05 PM
Let's start at the beginning. Here's a collage of the construction of the UDS, since I haven't posted anything about that. Yes, it's glossy black with a silver lid.


Here's a collage of the first cook. Some BGE lump, a bit of leftover Lazarri lump, and applewood chunks.


Things went pretty well, but I think I may try a mix of lump and briquettes in the future. My temps were fluctuating and I had to babysit more than I expected. My firebasket is 8 1/2 inches tall and 16 inches across and was about half full. After a 6 hour cook, only half the fuel was burned.

And here are a few pics of the finished product. I smoked two 3 1/2 pound pork butts (actually one that had been cut in half), and two fatties. One plain and one that my wife constructed - bacon wrapped maple Jimmy Dean with a blueberry pancake swirl. I can't remember who made a blueberry pancake fatty recently on the board, but she was inspired by it.

Those are fried red onions in the middle, if you were wondering. They got used in eggs the next day.






Breakfast the next day:



JD McGee
12-22-2008, 02:20 PM
WOW! Great job on both counts...the build and the pron! :-P I especially like your pulled pork...nice looking bark and smoke ring...looks very tender and juicy too! :biggrin:

bbq lover
12-22-2008, 03:03 PM
very nice grats.

Todd Ras
12-22-2008, 03:08 PM
Looks great!!

12-22-2008, 03:11 PM
Is that grapefruit segments mixed in with the blueberry fattie? It looks marvelous:-D

12-22-2008, 03:41 PM
Great looking drum and grub, congrats.

12-22-2008, 03:41 PM
Beautiful presentation of some great looking 'cue.

12-22-2008, 04:06 PM
Thanks everybody! I can't take credit for the pron - the arrangement and photography is from my wife.

CajunSmoker - yes, those are peeled grapefruit segments with the blueberry fatty slices.

12-22-2008, 04:15 PM
Looks great, good job!

capri man
12-22-2008, 04:27 PM
looking great to me!!:eusa_clap:eusa_clap

12-22-2008, 04:29 PM
Very nice job!! Everything looks great!

12-22-2008, 04:32 PM
That looks awesome. Now i am hungry again.

12-22-2008, 05:18 PM
That is quite possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

12-22-2008, 06:49 PM
Welcome to the wonderful world of Drums!

12-22-2008, 07:04 PM
Looks great. You've raised the bar on pron to a new level.

12-22-2008, 07:22 PM
Alright another Norcal drumhead!!!!!!!
Great lookin' pron, either it was that pretty or she is a great photographer or both.
Nice build, you won't be sorry.

12-22-2008, 07:27 PM
That chit looks great!

12-31-2008, 08:51 PM
That is quite possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

Hello yall I recently just finished my UDS

My version has a Shelf made from a spare drum lid.
My charcoal box is 14.5" X 14.5" X 7"
I used 3/4" #9 expanded steel. The frame is made from welded steel angle iron.
The framing also doubles as a handle for lifting the charcoal box in and out of the smoker.
My charcoal box can also double as a camp site cooker as well I have extra expanded metal just for doing just that!

I used metal dolly that a guy at Ace hardware sold me for cheap! It fits the drum perfectly!

1" valve was used to control airflow. 2" Muffler pipe was used as a exhaust pipe.


I didn't do any welding on this drum. All inlets were secured using conduit locknuts and fittings.

I will take picture of the food when I do the first cook.

Meat Burner
01-01-2009, 02:51 AM
JD, looks like a great build. Excellent UDS. Just one thing, you have way too much wood in that basket for a UDS. Two or three fist sized chunks should give enough smoke flavor for a low and slow cook. That is just my opinion and hopefully some others will chime in here. OBTW, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-01-2009, 10:35 AM
Raiderx...sure wait 'til I'm out of town for the holidays to fire that thing up!! Your lucky I was out of town or I'd have been across the bridge in a second to help out eating some of that.
GREAT looking grub! Now let's work on the paint sceme on that drum of yours.
Happy New Year!

Cliff H.
01-01-2009, 11:35 AM
I am digging that side table.

01-01-2009, 03:26 PM
That is truly scrumptious looking! I am getting so hungry looking at all this pron today.:shock:

That cooker looks real nice. I forgot to mention omne of my New Years Resolutions is to build my first UDS. I have the plans ready, just have to execute. Not always my strong point!:lol: