Suggestions for my First Cook

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Suggestions for my First Cook

Post by Charcoal » Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:58 pm

I bought a WSM today. I picked up the 18 inch unit from Ontario Gas BBQ. I was thinking of a pork butt for my first cook. Is this a good idea or should I be trying something else?

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Re: Suggestions for my First Cook

Post by Hippieforever99 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:20 pm

Congrats on your WSM. I know that you will have alot of fun learning all about what to do and what not to. I am sure that some of these seasoned BBQ vets on this site that have owned WSMs will be jumping in to give you all the help and ideas to produce great Q. Once again Congrats. 8) Hippie
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Re: Suggestions for my First Cook

Post by Trev » Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:15 pm

Congrats on the new baby, Charcoal beere

I'm not a seasoned smoker but I think a butt roast is perfect for a first smoke. I did a picnic roast for my first and had great results.
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Re: Suggestions for my First Cook

Post by sburnett » Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:39 am


I started this great adventure in Q'ing last year and received a lot of great advice. The first questions you have to ask yourself is "what kind of time do I have?"

After that it becomes easier or more difficult depending on how you look at it.

If you have time I suggest Pork Butt. Harvey has a great video on doing a Butt and he even did it in a WSM, it's in the video library section of at the when you first go to the opening webpage there is a banner that says " home of the how to video series" Click it and go from there. The Butt is very forgiving unlike say a brisket, and it seasons up the WSM really nice.

If you don't have a lot of time Chicken... Whole, or thighs, even Beer butt works well.

all you need is you WSM a meat thermometer and a candy thermometer and you set. Meat thermometer to let you know what your internal temp is on what you cooking and the candy thermoeter for know the external temp inside the WSM.

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Re: Suggestions for my First Cook

Post by teacup13 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:18 pm

pork butts are great to start with... you just have to remember that they do plateau(stall)... so be patient

why not throw a fatty or two on to eat while you wait for that butt...maybe some ABT's

meatloafs are great to smoke as well....

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Re: Suggestions for my First Cook

Post by stevo » Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:55 am

I agree with the butt. Go for about a 5 to 6lbs for your first one. This way you can take notes on how much coal / wood to use. I think you may have some hot coals left over after the butt is done so have some steaks ready to use it up :) :) . If you go too big then you may find yourself having to add coal and this is a pain in the rear. Take notes of your temps also. See what temp she likes to sit at. I would also start off with an empty water pan, note temps then add the water. This way you know if there is a real cold day and you need higher temps then run without water. I use water in the summer but not the winter and stay at around 225 consistantly. Have fun and send porn.

Congrats on your new cooker btw.
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Re: Suggestions for my First Cook

Post by sksmoker » Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:43 pm

Pork butt. You can't screw it up unless you don't cook it long enough. You won't run out of coals because you are going to load the unit with enough to smoke far past how long it will take to smoke a butt. Get a larger, more fattier butt that is in the 8-10lb range . Fat cooks meat, with no fat, your meat takes much longer to break down.

I would _highly_ suggest going to "The Virtual Weber Bullet" website and sift through there. They will take you pretty much through your first smoke step by step.

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Re: Suggestions for my First Cook

Post by tomg » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:31 pm

Go with the butt, as mentioned above start with a small one (5-7lbs), go with the Minion method, kick back and wait. It is pretty much fool proof on the WSM, set it and almost forget it. Butts are pretty tough to screw up, watch you temps and dont be in a hurry.

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