Saturday, May 17, 2008
Reporting back with the all is well update. Smoking has now been underway for 11 hours and the meat has taken on a delicious black coat that undoubtedly will yield to an impressive smoke ring once the meat is shredded. As far as I can tell, juicy goodness has been maintained.
Interesting encounter with my neighbor this morning at 6a.m. I saw him come out of his garage, and went over to say hello. He asked me if I was "bar be queing" and I informed him that yes, he would be the beneficiary of 18 hours of wonder. To be candid, he looked at me like I was nuts. I attributed this to some sort of personality defect - his not mine - and as a result, felt no ill will toward him.
I truly am a man of the people.
That's all for now. Got to mop the meat, and then go out and get some things for dinner. I think I may take the brisket off at 8pm and serve that tonight. We'll do the pork later in the week.
Well, things have settled down here at Casa de Pursuit. No more rogue fires, the house is not aflame, and I personally smell like a delicious combination of Cherry and Hickory.
The meat? Take a look for yourself! Them beauties are smoking away! They've been on since 530, but I really didn't get good heat until around 630 due to the aforementioned fiasco. So, I'd say we're at the 2.5 - 3.0 hour mark. They've had two mops and are smoking away at between 190 and 225. Low and slow.
Well, we're up and smoking but it was not without a little mishap....I damn near burned our garden down!
Note to self: When you start a fire at 5a.m., make sure you have coffee first.
Anyway, I won't get into details by I have included a nice little photo of the early morning fire damage.
And those other two pics are the glorious cuts of meat that went in the smoker at 530 this morning. Had a little trouble getting the fire going, the wood was a bit damp, but all seems well now.
We're smokin! More later.