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  • TallTrees
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    • Aug 2016
    • 47
    • San Francisco Bay Area

    What to smoke? - First cook on my Yoder Durango

    I got my Durango a little over a week ago, and have done the initial burn off and seasoning, and am ready to a cook. I did a big ole cook on my PBC & BGE for Labor Day (6 racks of ribs, 2 pork bellies, 3 whole chickens, a large tri-tip, salmon 2 ways, and a mess of links) for my friends and family, so I'm not desirous of doing another big cook just yet on the Durango, as I haven't master it yet. Since it will just be my wife & I, and maybe a couple friends this time, what should I do as my first cook/smoke? 😋
  • Spinaker
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    #2
    Normally I would say chicken. But in that beast, you need something more substantial. Like a brisket or pork shoulders.

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    • DWCowles
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      • 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
      Pulled pork

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      • bbqoaf
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        #4
        Tea smoked duck tacos. This recipe is dynamite and is a quick and different cook. We recently came 8th out of 22 with this in the Chef's Choice category at a local BBQ competition.

        http://barbecuebible.com/recipe/tea-...arbecue-sauce/

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        • PaynTrain
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          • Sep 2016
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          • - Yoder Durango loaded
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          #5
          How did your first run go? I have my loaded Yoder Durango arriving in a week or two, and am totally giddy!

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          • Spinaker
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            #6
            I would do some shoulders. I would not rotate them . That way you can see how the rig runs across the cooking surface. Obviously, its going to cook much faster closer to the firebox but it would be interesting and beneficial to be able to gauge how it cooks across the whole grate. I don't know, just something to think about.

            I am envious. I think If i could have any offset, the Durango would be my pick.

            Good luck, post some pictures of that beast in action.

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            • TallTrees
              Club Member
              • Aug 2016
              • 47
              • San Francisco Bay Area

              #7
              PaynTrain - the cook went pretty well. I smoked some beef short ribs and a small pork shoulder. I build the coal bed from 2 buckets of charcoal in Weber chimneys, and then put to oak logs on to really get it started. This may have been too much, as the fire was much hot than I wanted it to be. Next time I'll use one bucket and one stick, and go from there. I was ideally wanting the temp to be around 225 to 250, but it was up around 325, so I had to keep opening the chambers to cool it down. Once the oak had burned down, I put a cherry wood stick on for flavor. The ribs took about 8 hours, and the shoulder around 10 to come up to 203 degrees. They were both very good, but the ribs were a bit drier than I care for. I didn't spritz, use a water pan or wrap them. I'll try one of those next time, and see how it goes. Good times!

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                #8
                Me? I'd try a pork butt, or several...toss on some other things you do already, as well, and utilize the real estate of your new machine.

                I'm fixin' to commence to begin doin' the exact same with my new OK Joe's Highland, hopefully this weekend.

                Please, please, please, keep us posted!

                I develop an involuntary Pavlovian response whenever I see/hear/read Yoder Loaded Durango!

                As you might have gathered, I hanker for one pretty fierce. I will live, vicariously, through your posts, and especially pictures, so don't starve me out, okay?

                Enjoy, and best regards!

                Bones
                Last edited by Mr. Bones; September 23rd, 2016, 06:05 PM.

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                • tbob4
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                  #9
                  I would start with a brisket, move it to the loaded side, then I would put some ribs on, cut them in half, move them to the loaded side, then I would do some chicken and then I would invite 100 people over and charge them $5 each. I would put a positive and negative critique bowl on the table. I would ask people to submit their responses to your cook in one jar or the other. I would then throw the negative jar away without ready a single review. Then I would post photos on this site like crazy. It is the "positive jar".

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                  • Huskee
                    Huskee commented
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                    Nice! Throw the negative jar away....if only they did that where I work.....
                • PaynTrain
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                  • Sep 2016
                  • 130
                  • Wadsworth, OH
                  • - Yoder Durango loaded
                    - Big Green Egg large
                    - Ducane Stainless 7 burner
                    - Weber kettle
                    - Aussie kettle
                    - GoBBQ Portable

                  #10
                  TallTrees, I am about 6 cooks into my Durango, and I still don't have controlling the temperature down pat. I was wondering how you were doing on this, and if you had any advice? Also, If anyone has advice on when/how to deep clean this beast, I would appreciate that as well. The grates are a PIA to get clean with that diamond shape, and I have not even tried to remove the heat diffuse plate to clean yet. To put it in perspective, my drip bucket just filled to the top for the first time yesterday.

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                  • Spinaker
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                    #11
                    PaynTrain TrainI would not worry about cleaning the grates after every cook. The heat will sterilize it when your cooking next time. I would think that the temps will get more evened out the more you cook. As the Yoder gets seasoned in more.

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                    • PaynTrain
                      Club Member
                      • Sep 2016
                      • 130
                      • Wadsworth, OH
                      • - Yoder Durango loaded
                        - Big Green Egg large
                        - Ducane Stainless 7 burner
                        - Weber kettle
                        - Aussie kettle
                        - GoBBQ Portable

                      #12
                      Spinaker , is that because it seals up more as smoke leaks out? It leaks a lot less than when I started my first cook. I also notice the temp is more even when it is loaded, and if I pull meat off, then it tends to rise pretty quickly.

                      I will get it, just looking for some moral support, as my ribs and my brisket were to tough, needed more cooking! I am a master of the BGE, and have not been outside my comfort zone in YEARS! Thanks all!

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                      • Spinaker
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                        #13
                        Yeah it will seal better the more you cook, and its coating the inside of the smoker. Kind of like a built in insulation. Much like this inside of the PBC or a WSM.
                        PaynTrain The temp is more even when its loaded because you have more thermal mass in the chamber. This makes it much tougher to rapidly heat or cool the chamber. Meaning that your spikes will settle down quite a bit when loaded. So when the meat is removed, there is nothing else in the chamber to help even out temps and the air is allowed to flow ,unobstructed, through the cooking chamber and out the stack. This causes more draft and thus more heat and so on.

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                        • PaynTrain
                          Club Member
                          • Sep 2016
                          • 130
                          • Wadsworth, OH
                          • - Yoder Durango loaded
                            - Big Green Egg large
                            - Ducane Stainless 7 burner
                            - Weber kettle
                            - Aussie kettle
                            - GoBBQ Portable

                          #14
                          Spinaker , as usual, you are the man. Do you think the condensation in the vertical rack will subside as well? I have streaks of smoke water running all down the front of my pretty new pit, and it makes me sad. I need to know if they will stop, and then how to clean them. Oh yeah, and my wife is pissed because the smoke water is staining the concrete as well. Then I put pulled pork in her mouth, and I am forgiven!! Anything to add Huskee ?

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                          • Huskee
                            Huskee commented
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                            I get condensation nearly every cook, it drips down the front of my cooker, under the lip of the lid. I've not noticed any dripping on the meat itself thankfully. Scaly creosote, however, can build up and look like large pepper flakes on the meat if you don't keep it at bay. Mine sits on the grass, surrounded by mulch, so if it stains anything it's not visible. You may wish to look into those thin cement-like grill pads that Home Depot or Amazon sells. 2 of those would probably help your scenario.

                          • PaynTrain
                            PaynTrain commented
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                            I think my wife bought one of those pads Huskee , I like the idea. Have you had success cleaning it off your grill? It looks like crap.

                          • Huskee
                            Huskee commented
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                            Not much. I give 'er a scrub here & there, but to me it looks like battle scars, like dirty tires on the vehicle. Nothing I can't live with. If it got really funked up I'd give 'er a high pressure dishsoap cleanse I suppose, see if that helped.
                        • Spinaker
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                            Kinnick (American Foxhound)
                            ************************

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                            Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

                            Broil King Keg
                            Karubeque C-60
                            Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
                            Lodge L410 Hibachi
                            Pit Barrel Cooker
                            Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
                            R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

                            Weber Spirit Gasser
                            ******************.
                            Thermometers
                            FireBoard (Base Package)
                            Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
                            Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
                            **************

                            Accessories
                            BBQ Dragon
                            Big Green Egg Plate Setter
                            Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
                            Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

                            Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
                            Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

                            Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
                            Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
                            Eggspander Kit X2
                            Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

                            Finex Cat Iron Line
                            FireBoard Drive
                            Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
                            Grill Grates
                            Joule Water Circulator
                            KBQ Fire Grate

                            Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
                            Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
                            Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
                            Large Vortex
                            Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
                            Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
                            Smithey No. 12
                            Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
                            Stargazer No.10, 12
                            Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
                            Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
                            ********************************
                            Fuel
                            FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
                            Kingsford Blue and White
                            Rockwood Lump Charcoal
                            Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
                            **************************

                            Cutlery
                            Buck 119 Special
                            Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
                            Global
                            Shun
                            Wusthof
                            *******
                            Next Major Purchase
                            Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

                          #15

                          Haha, I don't know about that but Thanks for the kind words. I am just trying to do my part around here.
                          The condensation occurs because of the fire heating the wood and the moisture condensing on the cold steel. If you lift and open the doors at start up, I would think this would mitigate this problem. This will allow the excess water vapor to escape, rather than condense on the sides and run. Do it when the fire is starting and a little after its going. Once all of the moisture is driven out close it up and get it going. (I don't have one of these pits, so most of my knowlege is theoretical, but this would be my bet)

                          I get the same kind of thing in my Kamado when I am seasoning cast iron. If I start the fire then put the iron in with out allowing it to warm up first, the iron and insides on the Kamado are covered in droplets.(Bad thing for Cast Iron) Once I open the lid and let it burn for a bit, the moisture is released or burned out and the cast iron goes back in. So this is my reasoning with your situation. Give it a try.
                          PaynTrain

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                          Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

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                          This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

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                          These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

                          These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

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                          Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon

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                          Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

                          Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


                          Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

                          maverick PT55 thermometer

                          A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

                          Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


                          If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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                          The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

                          Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


                          Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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                          The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

                          Click here to read our complete review


                          The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

                          the good one grill

                          The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

                          Click here to read our complete review


                          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                          Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                          The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

                          Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                          The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                          The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

                          Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


                          The Undisputed Champion!

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                          The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                          Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                          Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

                          Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                          The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                          NK-22-Ck Grill

                          Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

                          Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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                          G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                          Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                          If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

                          Click here to read our detailed review

                          Click here to order from Amazon


                          GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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                          GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

                          Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


                          PK 360 grill

                          Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                          The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

                          Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

                          Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


                          kareubequ bbq smoker

                          Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                          The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

                          Click here for our review of this superb smoker


                          Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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                          The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                          Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

                          Click here to read our detailed review


                          Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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                          With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

                          Click here to read our detailed review


                          Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                          Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                          Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

                          Click here to read our detailed review and to order