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First Low n Slow

BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
edited 12:24PM in EggHead Forum
So after several months of owning a large I finally had a throw down with my self...Learned that you MUST build a good base for the fire. I just dumped it in, and it was the last of the bag, there was lots of small, plenty of medium, very little large pieces. I will also start the fire closer to the vent side next time instead of just in the middle. I had to add lump at hour 19 to finish it. 9 lb Pork Shoulder went on at 530 last night, took it off at 230 this afternoon. 21 hours. Pics of the lump, vent settings, dome temp, and pork temp included. Pics of the Maverick shows the time elapsed. Very moist and tender. I seasoned very lightly since I can always add seasoning after it is done. Did not want to over do it. IMG_8122.jpg;IMG_8123.jpg;IMG_8130.jpg;IMG_8148.jpg;IMG_8154.jpg;IMG_8146.jpg;IMG_8144.jpg;IMG_8143.jpg;IMG_8151.jpg;IMG_8159.jpg;IMG_8188.jpg;IMG_8191.jpg;IMG_8192.jpg


  • FiretruckFiretruck Posts: 2,679
    hey beaker, nice pics. You really should put them on one pic per line and stack them vertically. They would be a lot easier to view. ;)
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Great lookin hunk-o-pig.i love picnics.I always fill the egg to the top of the fire ring for lo n slos.I always have some left but you can just snuff it out and reuse it on the next cook.I say you had a success. :) The end justifies the means.
  • BigABigA Posts: 1,157
    good pics, plus a nice looken cook. that pork sure does look good!! nice job! Like Hoss I too filler up on a low n slow cook. i dont mess with large pieces and small pieces i just dump it in, but i know some do and some dont, i may try next time to see if there is a difference, or maybe some will chime in and let me know.. :)
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    I'm a dumper too.Never had a problem.I do usually clean out the Egg really good before a LnS.(ashes)
  • BigABigA Posts: 1,157
    ya i clean the thing too, i have to clean it out tomorrow morning :( supposed to be -20 in the morn so that should be fun :angry: :angry: but the food is worth it! Right!!!
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    I will do that...thanks for the tip...I am still figuring out the pic part.
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Thanks Hoss!
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Beaker, Great job on your picnic cook. I like their taste. :P

    You can fill your egg to nearly the top of the fire ring. ;) Your egg has the compatibilities of cooking low temp for better than 30 hours. You did great handling having to put more lump in your egg in the middle of a cook. ;) Believe me I have been there and done that many have. ;)

    When posting pic's consider hitting the enter key after every pic. That way people won't have to scroll to the right as well as up and down.

    Your next overnight cook will get easier...another great cook is a whole shoulder (butt & picnic ) . :P Tim
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    Well, it looks like you got the hang of the fire and have the patience to stick with it.

    I did notice that your roast was juiced (enhanced), which means it has been shot with additional liquids which can contain both natural juices and chemicals. This is a marketing ploy that does help keep a longer shelf life on meats, and can help prevent drying out meat during the cook, but the real flavor is comprimised a bit, and you can get a "hammy" texture. You see enhanced pork more often when dealing with chops, but juiced ribs and roasts are showing up more and more.

    Look for key words like "moist and juicy", "always tender" or "self basting", and avoid those products if possible. You will get a much better product if you stay away from juiced meats. Some markets only sell enhanced pork, and others sell natural pork. Usually the stores like Sams Club and Cosco sell the natural pork. Sometimes the label will say "fresh pork", unfortunately this only means that the meat has not been frozen.
    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    I will fill 'er up next time for sure! Does everyone put water/juice in the drip pan? I had water, it burned off, I refilled, but when it was burnin it was nasty smellin. Also when I added lump to finish the cook I took the pig off so the dust could settle and try to burn off some of the VOC's. Butt (sp.intended!)I felt like I should have waited longer. Just firing lump stinks.
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Thanks for the encouragement and tips! I will definitely fill 'er up next time!
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    I guess??? :ermm: -20?! Fuggedaboutit! :whistle:
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    A lot of folks put it in the oven at 250F until your egg is stabilized again. :)
  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Bought it at Wally World so no surprise that it is "enhanced". I did see that and that is why I went light on the seasonings. The daughter liked it!, and the grandaughter!
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    VERY Good point.I won't buy Kroger "Moist and Tender" for that very reason.Sam's and Schnucks sells All Natural in our area.I have to drive 10 miles vs a mile but so what.If it's gonna get juiced it's gonna be the juice of MY choice. :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    I say that's cold. :woohoo:
  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    Glad you posted that as I would have missed all but 2. Looks like a job well done.

  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    I be with the two of you, clean and dump but I am a little more careful as I get to the bottom of the bag. Don't ask how I know. :lol:

  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    I clean her out real good then dump in a 10mpound bag,for starters,if it looks like I need more,I open another bag! ;) :laugh:
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Beaker wrote:
    Does everyone put water/juice in the drip pan? I had water, it burned off, I refilled, but when it was burnin it was nasty smellin.

    I placed a foil lined drip pan on my plate setter using extra big green egg feet. I do not add juice or water but some do. I not necessary unless you are just want to.




  • Thirdeye- Great tip there. I learn something new every time I get on this forum. Thanks.
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