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  • CandySueQ
    KCBS President, and Moderator
    • Jul 2014
    • 1537
    • 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

    Update on the Still New Competition Rig

    I have been cooking on this thing, just trying to get it right! I think I'm closing in on it. I've removed the largest deflector plate entirely. This leaves the pellet-burning fire box completely open (if I want it to be). There's a couple of iron rods that can hold a stainless steel full size pan for water or extra smoke which can go right over the fire box to keep the ash down. I've replaced the heavy cooking grates with lighter unreinforced expanded metal. This way I have complete (and easy) access to the entire cooker if I need to change something. Yoder grates weigh about 12-14 pounds each. Moving when hot was impossible. I have a set of Grill Grates and a Grill Grate Griddle that fit right over the fire box. This is for grilling steaks!

    The test will be Friday and Saturday at the Sticky Fingers IBCA contest in Fordyce, Arkansas! Friday is the SCA (Steak Cookoff Association) steak event. I will use Meathead's method for thin steaks. Get pretty grill marks on one side and finish on the griddle on the other.

    Saturday morning starts up with Anything But at 11 am. This can be anything but BBQ cooked on the cooker. I'm debating between Dark Chocolate Brownies with Raspberry infusion, garnished with dark choc dipped raspberries and my Asian-inspired shrimp & grits balls.

    Half chicken turn in is at 12. I'm definitely pulling the S&G Rub out for this. And -- I'm thinking of hanging the chicken halves. I'm planning on cooking 3 halves (have to turn in 2). Clamp rods together to hang PBC hooked chickens from the top shelf bracket. I will pin skin down to the sides to keep it from shrinking.

    1 o'clock pork spare rib turn in. It's IBCA so ribs have to be falling off the bone tender.

    I found a 2.5" brisket flat at Walmart the other day. That's going to be my brisket -- it turns in at 2:00.

    I will take plenty of photos and I'll post them here before forwarding it on to Yoder to show them what I've done to their cooker! It's good to have a plan!
  • Danjohnston949
    Former Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 4437
    • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

    #2
    CandySueQ, It sounds like you are going to be busier than a One Armed Paper Hanger! I need to try to find your recipie for Asian Shrimp and Grits it sounds intriguing! I haven't had Grits since I quit traveling the SE in 1987? Kick Butt and Take Names this Weekend with your New Smoker!
    Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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    • CandySueQ
      CandySueQ commented
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      The Asian is in the sauce. Buddy makes a pork sauce out of sugar, soy sauce and chipotle. I mixed in some vinegar BBQ sauce and a corn starch slurry to thicken. Grill shrimp, red & yellow peppers, mix in sauce pour over grits and serve. Easy

    • Danjohnston949
      Danjohnston949 commented
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      CandySueQ, I think even I can fudge your recipe together! Thank You! Good Fortune to You and Your New Rig this Weekend!
      From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan
  • Nate
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 3705
    • Pawnee, Indiana
    • INFO
      ~Known as: Nate
      ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
      ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


      SMOKERS & GRILLS
      ~Grilla Original Grilla
      ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
      ~Pit Barrel Cooker
      ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
      ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
      ~Weber Q1000


      THERMOMETERS
      ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
      ~Thermoworks Thermapen
      ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
      ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
      ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
      ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
      ~Maverick ET-733
      ~Maverick XR-50


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      ~Slow 'n' Sear
      ~Drip 'n' Griddle
      ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
      ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
      ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


      DRINKS
      ~Sweet Tea
      ~Bourbon
      ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

    #3
    Good luck. Can't wait to see some pictures.

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    • ecowper
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 2614
      • Maple Valley, WA
      • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
        Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

        Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
        Thermometer = Maverick ET732
        Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
        Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
        Thermapen Classic = Grey
        PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

        Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
        Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
        Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
        Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

        Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


        Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

      #4
      CandySueQ for Anything But I vote for those brownies. They sound AMAZING. I may be prejudiced, since brownies are my kryptonite. :-)

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      • CandySueQ
        CandySueQ commented
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        Mine too. Actually, I think I'm going to go right down to the wire, do both and decide before turn in! I want to bake in this cooker to see how it performs. I've got this raspberry infused vodka that goes over the top of just baked brownies...not kid stuff!

      • ecowper
        ecowper commented
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        Okay, you're killing me now. Sheesh, raspberry infused vodka over top of a warm brownie .... OMG

      • Nate
        Nate commented
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        You can never go wrong with brownies!
    • Breadhead
      Banned Former Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1

      #5
      She who fails to plan, plans to fail! Sounds like you've got this Queen Bee... Good luck on all your cooks.👍

      Maybe this sweet new cooker will keep your MCS in remission... For a little while.😉

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      • Baker Dan
        Charter Member
        • Nov 2014
        • 336
        • North Eastern IL. McHenry County

        #6
        Voting for the brownies. I am competing also this weekend. Good luck to both of us.

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        • CandySueQ
          CandySueQ commented
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          Good Luck! Looks like Brownies by majority.
      • CandySueQ
        KCBS President, and Moderator
        • Jul 2014
        • 1537
        • 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

        #7
        Brownies were mid-pack! 1st place was smoked meatloaf! Should have done stuffed pork... Click image for larger version

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