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  • ajgrills
    Club Member
    • Oct 2019
    • 19
    • Ventura County, CA
    • Rec Tec 580 "Stampede" Pellet Popper
      DCS 27" Gas Grill
      Favorite Tequila: Tequila Ocho Reposado

    New Member - What's your Go To Cook that wins 'em over every time?

    Hi All,

    New member. Already got some fantastic advice from the community on my first pork butt cook. Thanks for all the great stuff you all share.

    Currently slinging Q with:
    Rec Tec 590 (Stampede) Pellet Grill
    DCS 27" Propane Grill

    The Rec Tec is brand new and I'm looking for ideas for my next cook. Question:

    What's your Go To cook on a smoker or pellet grill. What wins every time? Blows 'em away. Makes you look like a grilling genius, etc.

    Please share.

    Thanks much!
    -AJ


  • fuzzydaddy
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 4969
    • Winchester TN
    • Hardware
      Blackstone 36” Griddle.
      Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
      Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
      DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
      Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
      Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
      GrillGrates.
      Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
      ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

      Consumables / Favorites
      KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
      Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
      SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
      MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

    #2
    Welcome to The Pit from Pensacola FL. Chuck roasts smoked with my Slow 'N Sear in the Weber kettle, or on my SnS Kamado is my most liked cook. Many people have never had smoked chuckies and my family and neighbors love 'em!

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    • fuzzydaddy
      fuzzydaddy commented
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      ajgrills Mine are usually around 3 lbs and I cook them like a brisket using my favorite beef rub, around 225-250 until probe tender. I shred them.
      Last edited by fuzzydaddy; October 25, 2019, 04:33 AM.

    • jfmorris
      jfmorris commented
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      ajgrills no reverse sear. You smoke a chuck roast just like a butt. There are two recipes on the free side of the site - one for sliced, and one for pulled chuck roast. I like it pulled, and use Montreal steak as my rub most of the time.

    • Murdy
      Murdy commented
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      I did one over the weekend on a Weber kettle. It was about 3 1/4 pounds. I dry brined it fro a couple hours, seasoned with pepper, garlic, onion powder, and a little smoke paprika. Smoked for maybe 6 hours or so, plus or minus, (I forget exactly, went to the bar while it was on and don't remember exactly when I took it off). Came out great, wife says it was one of the better things I've smoked. (no searing involved)
  • tbob4
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 2511
    • Chico, CA
    • BBQ's
      _____________________
      California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
      California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
      Santa Maria Grill
      Vision Grill

      Beer
      _______________________
      Sierra Nevada IPA

      Wood
      _______________________
      Almond
      Oak
      Madrone
      Cherry
      Peach
      Apple

    #3
    Welcome from Chico, CA. I have been doing smoked tri-tips forever. Most people are used to getting grilled tri-tips or SV'd and grilled. I continue to smoke them and really don't bother with temp. 4 hrs at 210-220 with a pre-sear. I may pull a little early or even a little later but it is all based on feel. I really don't know if my method is better than anyone else's but it is different and that is why it is a hit.

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    • tbob4
      tbob4 commented
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      HouseHomey - you are invited!

    • ajgrills
      ajgrills commented
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      I love Tri-tip. Are you saying sear off, and then throw on smoker at 210-220 at 400 and don't look at temps at all? Recently reverse seared in oven at 225 and finished off at in-laws later on grill for a reverse sear and had good results.

    • tbob4
      tbob4 commented
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      ajgrills - What you are asking is what I do. I salt and pepper two days in advance. I put a rub on about an hour before cooking. I use my Santa Maria to quick sear all sides - just enough to get grill marks (1-2 minutes, top, bottom, side and top each). I put it in the smoker, not allowing it to go above 225 for 3.5 - 4 hrs. Cambro for 1-2 hrs. Slice really thin.
  • ofelles
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 2455
    • Brentwood CA
    • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
      Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
      LSG Insulated Cabinet
      Jumbo Joe
      VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
      FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
      Thermoworks Signal
      Thermoworks Dot
      Thermopen Mk4

    #4
    Welcome from the California Delta.
    Brisket with pecan/cherry pellets on the Yoder or reverse seared tri tips with lump and mesquite chips on the Klose grill

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    • ajgrills
      ajgrills commented
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      Thanks. Brisket is on the radar. But my deep dark secret is that I've never had a brisket I liked, including from some top notch pit masters. I will tray and prove myself wrong. Appreciate any tips!

    • GirlGrilling
      GirlGrilling commented
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      ajgrills, I just have to guess — forgive me, please, but I must — and I say this with all due respect: if you’ve never had a brisket you liked, you’ve never had a home-cooked smoked point. Once you do, that’ll be your “go-to.” Good luck, and welcome.
  • HouseHomey
    Club Member
    • May 2016
    • 5507
    • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
    • Equipment
      Primo Oval xl

      Slow n Sear (two)
      Drip n Griddle
      22" Weber Kettle
      26" Weber Kettle one touch
      Blackstone 36” Pro Series
      Sous vide machine
      Kitchen Aid
      Meat grinder
      sausage stuffer
      5 Crock Pots
      Akootrimonts
      Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
      cast iron pans,
      Dutch ovens
      Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
      The help and preferences
      1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
      KBB
      FOGO
      A 9 year old princess foster child
      Patience and old patio furniture
      "Baby Girl" The cat

      Erik S.

    #5
    Huntington Beach welcomes you.

    Chicken thighs with crunchy skin, tri tip, ribs, chuck roasts and smoked meatballs.

    all of this on my kettles/SnS and Blackstone.

    But the ultimate are my scratch burgers.

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    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      Love me some meatballs. Mudkat I’m sure you ground some meat they would be equally good. I just love them though. Unlimited flavors, breads, produce, pickle types, heat, types of cooks and types of meat etc.. sorry, I got lost there.

    • ajgrills
      ajgrills commented
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      1) Please, please share your crunchy skin chicken thigh technique. Love thighs.

      2) Please, please, please (ad infinitum) share your burger recipe/technique. Are you grinding your own? What's your blend? Etc. God bless a good burger.

    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      ajgrills for chicken season it to your mood, crank her up (350° at least) or so and let’em rip. I use my kettle with the SnS so it just goes wide open. I do all kinds of stuff with burgers grinds. No one recipe.
  • Oakgrovebacon
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 1982
    • South central Illinois

    #6
    Tri-tip reverse seared to 140. And welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois​​​​​​!

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    • ajgrills
      ajgrills commented
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      Thanks, OGB! Now, tell me why 140 is your number, and at what temp do you pull it off the low cook, before searing to get to 140? That part is the hardest to calculate I find. I want a med-rare middle, but the ends more med to med well so I can please everyone.

    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      I pull when the center is between 122-125 then sear. My wife likes meat at the well done stage. She gets the ends. I get the thicker middles. only 2 of us so there are always leftovers, I have a large meat slicer so the leftovers get shaved for cold deli style sandwiches. Also like to cook a cheesesteak type sandwich from thin slices.
  • mountainsmoker
    Banned Former Member
    • Jun 2019
    • 1846
    • Bryson City, NC

    #7
    Welcome from the mountains of NC. If you can perfect a turkey you have arrived. The breast has to be 155 and the thighs 165 before taking it off. The right amount of seasoning and the right smoke is also important. If you go to far you can over cook and it is dry, it to low botulism comes into play. I cook a 16-17lb one on my Weber kettle.

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    • ajgrills
      ajgrills commented
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      Thanks. Love Turkey. For the last few years I spatchcock and pull when the breast the hits 155 and let carryover do the rest. I cook at 425. I do a 4 day dry brine (Alton Brown method) and have had good results. This will be my first year on the smoker.
  • Richard Chrz
    Club Member
    • Mar 2019
    • 1249
    • La Crosse, Wi

    #8
    chicken parts, bratwurst, or smash burgers. I really don't think I have a win them resume. I think I can nail a Flank steak with a chimichurri sauce and fresh tortillas. Really all I do is serve strong cocktails, and good music, the rest is smoke and mirrors.
    Last edited by Richard Chrz; October 24, 2019, 07:08 PM.

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    • ajgrills
      ajgrills commented
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      God bless strong cocktails and chimichurri. I haven't done flank on the smoker yet, usually hit it straight on the gas grill. What's your preferred method?

    • Porkies
      Porkies commented
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      Strong cocktails...good music... some food - Got it! Even I can get this right.

    • Richard Chrz
      Richard Chrz commented
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      tbob4 I don't make or play the music. That would scare everyone away, I have 4 guitars and not one of them makes me sound like I can play music. They all must be broken. ajgrills, no smoking of the Flank, that is a hot and fast cook.
  • Mudkat
    Club Member
    • Feb 2017
    • 2088
    • At a river near me, MD
    • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
      Weber 22" Kettel
      Weber Smokey Joe (2)
      One Grill 45" Rotisserie
      Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven
      Lodge 10.5" Double Loop Skillet
      Cast Iron 9" Skillet
      Cast Iron 12" Skillet
      Weber 22 Grill Grates
      Home Built 55 Gallon Ugly Drum Smoker - "MUDS"

    #9
    Welcome to the pit! I don't have a go to yet. I am still learning them all. Chuck roasts are probably my go to if cookiing for others.

    The best cook I ever did was an 8 lb waygu brisket supplied by my BIL. It never made the plate. We stood around the fire and ate it right off the board. Know I know what all the waygu fuss is about.

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    • Donw
      Club Member
      • Jul 2017
      • 3407

      #10
      Welcome from Maryland. On my pellet smoker my two outstanding dishes are simple but crowd pleasing around these parts. The first is Baltimore Pit Beef with Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow Crust, and the other is Kalua Pork a la Harry Soo. If I want to hit it out of the park for a gathering, I have to agree with mountainsmoker that a turkey done right always pleases.

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      • smokin fool
        Club Member
        • Apr 2019
        • 2156
        • Mississauga, Ont

        #11
        The only thing that brings em running here is Uber eats....
        ....they're my family.... and I'm stuck with em….

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        • Richard Chrz
          Richard Chrz commented
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          I was going to answer Carry out pizza, but, tried to sound cool instead.

        • smokin fool
          smokin fool commented
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          Same old story, meat on smoker needs another 20-30 mins....we're hungry now and out comes the phones....
          I loose my mind and no one will talk to me for who knows how long.
          Actually not a bad deal!!!!
      • Red Man
        Club Member
        • May 2018
        • 1230
        • Western Washington

        #12
        Pork belly burnt ends. Hard to mess up and always delicious!

        Comment

      • RichieB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2018
        • 1667
        • Western Mass

        #13
        Welcome from Western Massachusetts.

        Comment

        • Mark V
          Club Member
          • Oct 2018
          • 385
          • Minnesota

          #14
          Meatloaf. No one is expecting that to be so good, so it opens eyes.

          In that same vein, I keep Springbank Scotch around. Many people still haven't had good Scotch, many think Scotch tastes like turpentine or something. Springbank is very mild and smooth, a good introduction for them. Have had many converts!

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          • Richard Chrz
            Richard Chrz commented
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            I am a fan of scotch. well, a lot of scotch, just not the peaty stuff. but, if you serve good scotch. the rest does not matter.

          • ajgrills
            ajgrills commented
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            My first cook on the Rec Tec was a bacon wrapped meatloaf. Pretty solid, but the real discovery was the bacon with a bourbon ketchup glaze in this case. I'll put some scotch on the bacon next time for good measure!
        • Skip
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 3609
          • Blue Earth, Minnesota
          • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

          #15
          Welcome from Minnesota! My favorite is tri tip or pork tenderloin. Pick something you like to eat and cook it!

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          • ajgrills
            ajgrills commented
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            Thanks, Skip. Love tri-tip. Have done one. Will do more. Reverse sear effect on a smoker makes great tri-tip so far.

          • gcdmd
            gcdmd commented
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            "Pick something you like to eat and cook it! "

            Good advice, Skip.

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