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Unread 08-27-2012, 02:24 PM   #16
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LOL, I actually turned him down...although I cook for friends all the time I'm not really interested in cooking for someone else's party or anything like that...yet.

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What's a holiday weekend without some smoke? Got up at 5:30 to light the fire...9lb shoulder in the drum with a sweet & spicey rub I mixed up, coffee, blues on Pandora, and a good cigar. Happy labor day!

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Unread 09-03-2012, 08:59 AM   #18
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Damn. I'm jealous.
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Damn. I'm jealous.
The wife has risen...so it's not quite as peaceful out here on the porch now Still...pretty dang good morning if ya ask me!
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Unread 09-03-2012, 09:05 AM   #20
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I found myself 3 barrels. I've been waiting for the rains to come so I can burn them out. I wish it was ready today as it looks like a great day for exactly what you are doing.

As for the wife, run in the house and click on the HGTV channel...
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Unread 09-03-2012, 09:27 AM   #21
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I actually didn't burn my out really. It only had honey in it previously...so I just coated the inside with vegetable oil and cooked a basket of charcoal in it, good to go.

Wife went back in after coming out for a moment, life is back to normal now
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I was looking for a food grade drum but couldn't find one as easily as I had hoped. My step dad does roofing and has three drums that had water based roof costing in them with a removable liner. I figure if I remove what I can and burn the barrel really well, I should be safe.

How's the smoke coming? Assuming its still running, might I suggest finding a Padron 3000 Maduro to smoke while you watch it. That's my go to smoke for a nice afternoon. Not too harsh and not too expensive yet has a great flavor and holds a really good burn.
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I dunno...I never felt easy bout using a drum that wasn't food grade. It'd prolly be fine I guess if you burn it out well enough, but if it were me I'd always be a little worried about it.

Chose an Ashton Maduro that my daughter gave me for Father's Day...bout to light it up now. I cooked the butt a little faster this time (kept the drum at about 290), it took just shy of 8 hours. Probably the best I've done yet...pulled it apart with a pair of forks and the family loved it.

Rubbed & about to get stabbed:


In the drum:


Mmmmmm....shreds so nice:


I did Italian roasted potatoes in the oven and put corn on the cob in the smoker after I pulled the shoulder out. I'm never cooking corn any other way I don't think, it was awesome! Very happy with my results:
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is that pickled Okra in the jars on the counter ?
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Nah, I'm a northerner :lol: Although, I actually like Okra. I think that's a candle?
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I dunno...I never felt easy bout using a drum that wasn't food grade. It'd prolly be fine I guess if you burn it out well enough, but if it were me I'd always be a little worried about it.
I was a little nervous but started reading up about building the UDS at a bbq forum. Many people say it's not a big deal to use any type of drum, as long as it didn't hold toxic waste or something of that sort.

The way I look at it, if I burn out the barrel until it's red hot, the chemicals should burn off/evaporate. When I cook, I won't be bringing the barrel to near that temperature so I shouldn't have any issues.

At least I hope.

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Chose an Ashton Maduro that my daughter gave me for Father's Day...
Nice.

The food looks awesome as well!

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Nah, I'm a northerner :lol: Although, I actually like Okra. I think that's a candle?
I find it humorous that you don't know what's on your counter.
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I was a little nervous but started reading up about building the UDS at a bbq forum. Many people say it's not a big deal to use any type of drum, as long as it didn't hold toxic waste or something of that sort.

The way I look at it, if I burn out the barrel until it's red hot, the chemicals should burn off/evaporate. When I cook, I won't be bringing the barrel to near that temperature so I shouldn't have any issues.

At least I hope.
Most likely correct, that makes sense. Worries usually aren't based on logic though :lol:

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Nice.

The food looks awesome as well!
Yeah...had left-overs today too, tasty! Now if they'd just let me fire up a stogie in my office, I'd be in heaven LOL

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I find it humorous that you don't know what's on your counter.
I'm only responsible for cooking...not decorating But, since I do the majority of the cooking and all the grocery shopping, I can say with 99.9% certainty that there is no Okra in my kitchen...pickled or otherwise. And actually, I just now remembered what that is. It's called "Cowboy Candy", it's basically Jalapenos in a sugary syrup stuff that a buddy made and gave me a few jars of. Good heat with a nice hit of sweet to go with it. Tasty stuff.
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