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Low n Slow with Rain

4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,892
edited 3:46PM in EggHead Forum
I’m attempting my first loooong smoke today and unfortunately it is supposed to start raining later today pretty much for the entire weekend. Do I need to be concerned that for 16 hours or so I’ll me smoking in the rain which could be heavy at times? Any suggestions for a quick make shift rain shield?

Thanks

Oh yea – after researching it sounds like the old Boston Butt is a good for a noob like me. That is what I hope to start later today.
Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat

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  • Hungry JoeHungry Joe Posts: 1,344
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  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    LOL they say that "that, that we suffer for is sweeter"
    I know a few people have gone to the hard ware store and gotten a stove pipe top. the little vent with a hat one it? it keeps the rain out so it does not wash all your rub off :) good luck and let us know how they turn out :) Julie
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    You could try one of those tiny umbrellas made for the top of a golf bag. It would cover the vitals (Daisy wheel). Not sure if it's needed, but you don't want your butt gettin too wet.
  • Not sure of your setup, but fixing an umbrella works to cover the top, or you fashion a can (several pics at nakedwhiz.com) or the hardware store chimney cap picutred all work well. I guess what I am trying to say is that rain is not the enemy here. Loooong smokes have several natural enemies, but I don't think rain is your main one. Hope this helps, good luck and let us know how you make out.
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    if you are in photo bucket go to "image code" under the pic and copy and paste. that should do it :) Julie
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,892
    Thanks for the replies. Sounds like it should not be a problem. I'm considering going with a coffee can with openings around the sides and just slip it on my daisy. Might have pics to post tomorrow. Thanks again.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Like others have said, go to Home Depot and buy a chimney cap about 8" in diameter. Works perfect on my large and small BGE.
  • I cook in the rain all the time. being near Seattle, we are constantly dealing with the weather. Some get a chimney from the local Ace harware, but I just leave it alone. Never had an issue with food/fire/heat.

    Just did a 31 hour test on one load and it was of and on heavy rain all day/night.
    :laugh:
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,892
    OK - I'll consider all my options....might go "naked" this go around.

    On another note - here is a pic of my butt notice the bone on the left hand side of the meat as you are looking. Where is the best place and position for my probe?

    Thanks

    Joe

    bostonbutt2.jpg
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • I position the probe 1/2 way vertical & horizontal in the thickest part of the meat.

    When I get close to done I check the thinner parts with a thermopen and then the thickest parts with a thermopen. When at done temperature and the meat feels tender I pull.

    GG
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,892
    So you shoot for the middle of the thickest. Looking at my pic, should I insert on the opposite side of the bone so my probe is running parallel to my plate or do I insert from the top straight down? Maybe I'm over thinking this and as long as I don't hit bone I should be fine. I have a Thermapen and two probe attachments. This is my first use of the "smokehouse" probe. I can easily switch so your process should work for me. Thanks for the advice.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • Have cooked ribs in the rain before. I took an old cookie sheet bent it in a V shape to put over the daisy wheel every thing worked out ok.
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,892
    Well, after a few rookie mistakes e.g. too hot on initial light, forgot to soak wood chips, placed meat on grate without my drip pan, I'm sitting at 250 and smoke'n.

    I do I have one problem. My probe right now is reading about 32...I have moved it a coupe of times with no real change. Certainly this cannot be correct. The meat was not frozen so I'm pretty surprised. Any ideas?
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • Thermometers usually read at the tip. You should see a indent towards the end of the probe which is where the thermometer actually reads. The angle of the thermometer probe goes into the meat makes no difference.

    I pay more attention where the probe wire is at to prevent any excess heat exposure to the wire.

    Locate where in the meat you want to read (not close to the bone), and insert that the probe at any angle to get to get to the spot you want.

    I usually hold the probe to the outside of the meat and with my fingers I hold onto the probe. That gets me one close to exact measurement. The other measurement (location) I just eyeball. None of this needs to be exact - just somewhat close.

    GG
  • How cold is your fridge and how long was the meat at room temperature before being placed in the egg.

    4Runner, don't get too paranoid about all this. Make sure the dome temperature stays close to the 250° mark. The egg will do it's work.

    GG
  • When your Boston Butt gets close to being done make sure you watch the temperature you want something between 195° and 200°. Also, check the meat with a fork to see if it is tender.

    You should be aware of the plateau and that it will seem like the temperature in the meat is stalling. You also may experience a drop in the dome temperature, not a huge drop but some downward movement.

    If you feel you need more smoke you can add a few chips in a while. They don't need to be soaked.

    Again, don't worry, this is all normal.

    What size is your butt - your boston butt?

    You are in for some great eats...

    GG
  • JoeyD Eggers picture is what I use most of the time - I had to cut/paste his link into the address bar to see the picture.

    Another quick rain cap is to get a metal coat hanger. Make a loop that will fit on the egg over the DFMT - bend the hanger up like a halo, cover the halo with tin foil. Slant the halo so the water will run off onto the egg and not in the egg.

    GG
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,892
    I think I'm good. I changed to my other probe and it gave me the same reading and I have used it many times and feel it is reliable After 3 hours I'm at 115 now. I have read about the plateau and my BGE is holding nicely now at 260. I'm not going to tweak it since it is rock solid even though it is high by 10 degrees. I'm sure this night will be be very similar to when my first night at home with our twinboys....almost no sleep at all.

    I got my BB from a local butcher and he is great. It is a 7.8# butt as I asked for the smallest available. It went into my fridge from about 1 - 4 and then sat out for 30mins and then on the BGE.

    Can't wait to see how it turns out tomorrow.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • "my first night at home with our twinboys"

    That must have been a fun experience - the boys were their own alarm. The egg will just be quiet.

    Nice size butt there. All sounds great. Looking forward to hearing about your results and a great eat.

    GG
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,892
    15 hours later and slowing rising. @ 193 now. Its almost game time. I was going to wait until it reaches 200 and then give it the fork test. I'll post a pic.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
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