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  • CandySueQ
    KCBS President, and Moderator
    • Jul 2014
    • 1523
    • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

    Competition Practice

    My first really big KCBS competition is in Nashville March 11-12. Decided it'd really do me good to do a test run on the Jambo yesterday. Found a nice choice brisket at wally world, cooked a pork collar from SRF (very illegal in KCBS!), a rack of loin ribs and a rack of spares and a dozen chicken legs.

    Decided to cook hot and fast and all wood/charcoal. Started a charcoal fire in my 18" WSM charcoal ring, added a couple of pecan logs on top. Mixed it up pecan and cherry wood. Cooked about 6 hours total

    Trimmed up the brisket. Weighed the fat. 8.5 pound brisket -- a little over 3 pounds of fat. This was an Excel choice packer. Net result about 5 lbs of beef. It was the best of what I cooked.

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    Pork collar weighed about 4.5 lbs. Didn't trim. Just seasoned. It was okay -- IMO, pork just does better texture wise cooking low and slow.

    Ribs, I tried hanging with PBC hangers and some rods across the Jambo's microwave shelf brackets. Didn't like the drapy look. Took them off after about an hour and laid them flat. Tried a different recipe -- wasn't impressed!

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    Chicken -- wasn't good. Tried a brine with salt and molasses. Really funky. Way too smoky for my taste.

    Cleaned the cooker out real good on Monday evening. Ready to cook for real on Friday night!

    Finished brisket.
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  • Jon Solberg
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 4819

    #2
    Oh my! Looks pretty stellar.
    Last edited by Jon Solberg; March 8, 2016, 04:25 PM.

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    • DWCowles
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 9709
      • Smiths Grove, Ky
      • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

      #3
      To bad they don't judge the smoke ring

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      • CandySueQ
        CandySueQ commented
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        You're right! Flat looks dry, but it wasn't.
    • CurlingDog
      Charter Member
      • Sep 2014
      • 550
      • Port Washington, WI
      • Traeger Jr Elite, Modern Home Products TJK gasser,Char-Broil 26" Round Charcoal Grill CBRMH-2600/S, Weber Smokey Joe, small portable POS charcoal grill, 13.25" GrillGrates, Thermopen, Maverick ET-732, Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer
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      #4
      CandySueQ , what did you use to slice the brisket? In the last pic, the hunk left unsliced looks pretty uneven, almost like a saw was used (and i know that's not right). Excellent consistency in slice thickness! Proper!

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      • CandySueQ
        KCBS President, and Moderator
        • Jul 2014
        • 1523
        • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

        #5
        I was too lazy to go get my 14" brisket knife (a Wusthof) from out of the RV! I used an 8" Granton slicer that really wasn't up to the task as the brisket got wider.

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        • Huskee
          Pit Boss
          • May 2014
          • 14901
          • central MI, USA
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          #6
          Do you prefer a hotter cook or slower for brisket, or is it 6 of one, half dozen of the other? CandySueQ

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          • _John_
            Former Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 2447

            #7
            Looks good. I have to practice for the weekend but my practice is sides.

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            • CandySueQ
              KCBS President, and Moderator
              • Jul 2014
              • 1523
              • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

              #8
              I truly think that pork butts like low and slow and I love my results there. I like hotter for brisket, but most of the time I'm cooking butts and briskets at the same time. That means low and slow, well about 240 degrees. I've been trying to figure a way with one cooker to achieve optimal contest results. I may crank the cooker up earlier in Nashville for the pork, then crank up the heat for brisket after 3-4 hours. Another factor -- it's going to be raining on Friday. Everything gets done faster in high humidity. That almost 21 lb. Snake River Farms Gold brisket is a monster. I'll trim it tonight and take some pictures. Bet half of it is removed fat!

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              • jharner
                Club Member
                • Jan 2016
                • 1120
                • Louisiana - North West but a coon ass at heart
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                #9
                Man I did not hear the dinner bell !!!! That looks like some goooood eaten.

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                • Jerod Broussard
                  Moderator
                  • Jun 2014
                  • 9679
                  • East Texas
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                  #10
                  The best Choice have LOTS of fat to trim off. I chalk them up to some Charolais that went down the alley way.

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