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  • Old Glory
    Club Member
    • Feb 2018
    • 896
    • Northshore MA
    • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
      XL BGE
      DCS Gasser
      Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
      Weber Performer

      Slow & Sear
      Vortex
      Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
      Woo Rig;
      Adjustable Rig
      BGE Pizza Stone
      FireBoard
      Pit Bull Fan
      Griddle Store Griddle

    First Low and Slow on my Performer

    Cooking Butt on my Weber Performer. First time trying Low and Slow on this cooker. Banked the coals on one side then lit 10 briquettes and added wood. I hope I can stabilize temps because I don't want to have to fiddle with it. Wish me luck!
  • Mr. Bones
    Birthday Hat Master
    • Sep 2016
    • 9288
    • Kansas Territory
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      Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
      Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
      Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
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      Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
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      Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
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    #2
    Good Luck, amigo!

    Sounds like yer set up to roll along bout 225°-250°, dependin on yer vent settings...

    Any more questions / concerns, reckon hit us up, here...

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    • Donw
      Club Member
      • Jul 2017
      • 3039

      #3
      Good luck, but you’ve got this without needing any.

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      • fzxdoc
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 5076
        • My toys:
          Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
          Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
          Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
          Weber Kettle Premium 22"
          Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
          Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


          Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
          Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
          Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
          Grill Grate for SnS
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          Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
          2 Grill Grate Griddles
          Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

          Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
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          Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

        #4
        I bet it's going to be great. Have fun.

        Tell your Summit Charcoal that I'm firing my (Mr. Fancypants) Summit up today for a batch of ribs. That way he can enjoy the cook vicariously while he looks at that usurper kettle perking along.

        Kathryn

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        • Old Glory
          Old Glory commented
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          Ha ha, we are up at camp so the WSCG is getting some rest.
      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 12703
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          SNS
          Pizza insert
          Rotisserie
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          Chefalarm
          Dot
          lots of probes.
          CyberQ

        #5
        I detect an unnecessary amount of trepidation by you Sir. You've been around long enough to know what to do - just do it. Ya got this...

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        • Old Glory
          Old Glory commented
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          I was just nervous because I had to let it run on its own while I was with company fishing. So far so good. Average temp of 257 for 7 hours. I am happy so far!
      • HawkerXP
        Club Member
        • Jul 2016
        • 5499
        • Virginia
        • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
          Thermopops
          Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
          Slo n Sear
          Cold beer

        #6
        I found marking the full open and full closed ash sweep position to be helpful in adjusting the lower vent as it can't be seen during cooks normally.

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        • Panhead John
          Panhead John commented
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          HawkerXP Thanks! I’ve already got a WSM, which is why I’ve been on the fence about getting a SnS. But then you reminded me about searing my steaks on it. It’s worth it to me for that feature alone. I just now ordered me the Deluxe SnS thru the AR website from SnS Grills! And you’re right about marking the kettle sweeper. I marked me a 1/4 and 1/2 open setting with a magic marker first time I used it.

        • Mr. Bones
          Mr. Bones commented
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          PJ...
          Gotcha covered, far as reasons to git an SnS, amigo...
          Many folks don't know it, but I might gots me a few Webers lol
          I have me four SnS orig, two XL's fer th 26's
          Also have me 3 18.5' WSM's, which see regular service
          Apples
          N
          Oranges.
          Can do th same danged thing, with either...
          But, a smaller smoke, easier, peasier, more economical, faster, with th SnS / 22.5" kettle combo.
          This from a guy who has smokers dang near big enough to load a sheet o plywood in...
          Last edited by Mr. Bones; August 22, 2020, 01:07 PM.

        • Panhead John
          Panhead John commented
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          Thanks MB! That’s what I was thinking also, a little easier and quicker! Plus, I’ve always thought it kind of a pain wrapping my WSM water pan in foil to keep it clean.....then unwrapping it with all the water and juices mess. With the SnS I can just pull it out and dump. Three!.......18.5” WSM’s? 🧐
      • jfmorris
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 3013
        • Huntsville, Alabama
        • Jim Morris

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        #7
        Something you may want to investigate for doing low and slow without a Slow 'N Sear in your kettle is the "snake" method. This is what I used before I had a SNS, and it was always a foolproof way to do low and slow cooks at 225F, on any kettle (I had 2 at the time).

        This is an article with good pictures of how you set that up - I usually just did it almost all the way around.

        https://www.popularmechanics.com/hom...-snake-method/

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        • Old Glory
          Old Glory commented
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          I will try that next time, thanks!
      • Attjack
        Club Member
        • Aug 2017
        • 3968
        • Primo XL
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          Arteflame 26.75" Insert

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          Weber Q2200

          Blackstone Pizza Oven

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        #8
        Personally, I build a snake for consistent low and slow temps.

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        • Old Glory
          Club Member
          • Feb 2018
          • 896
          • Northshore MA
          • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
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            DCS Gasser
            Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
            Weber Performer

            Slow & Sear
            Vortex
            Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
            Woo Rig;
            Adjustable Rig
            BGE Pizza Stone
            FireBoard
            Pit Bull Fan
            Griddle Store Griddle

          #9
          So far so good! 7 hours at average temp of 257. I was worried about how well the temp would hold since I would not be babysitting it. We have company up and we were fishing on the lake.

          I used Fogo lump and there is still about half left to go. Meat temp is 177 and holding.

          Thanks for all the encouragement!

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          • smokin fool
            Club Member
            • Apr 2019
            • 1769
            • Mississauga, Ont

            #10
            Cook it like you stole it

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            • Panhead John
              Panhead John commented
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              smokin fool You should post an occasional BBQ pic with your dog in it. She’s really purty. I think it would add to the interest of our pics if more people would include their dogs and cats in their cooking pictures, maybe just occasionally. Mr. Bones showed his cat in one really good pic he posted, you also did....along with someone with a dog named Pork Chop, he was sitting there staring at the grill. 😄. Just a thought. I would, but I don’t have any pets.

            • smokin fool
              smokin fool commented
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              Panhead John 10-4 will do, she is a purdy dawg and she knows it....like a purdy girl uses it to her advantage!!!!
          • Old Glory
            Club Member
            • Feb 2018
            • 896
            • Northshore MA
            • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
              XL BGE
              DCS Gasser
              Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
              Weber Performer

              Slow & Sear
              Vortex
              Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
              Woo Rig;
              Adjustable Rig
              BGE Pizza Stone
              FireBoard
              Pit Bull Fan
              Griddle Store Griddle

            #11
            Came out great. One load of charcoal lasted 11 hours with some to spare. Very happy with how consistent the temps were.

            Attached Files

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            • Panhead John
              Panhead John commented
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              I’m on the way! What’s your address?

            • smokin fool
              smokin fool commented
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              Pick me up on your way there!!!!

            • jfmorris
              jfmorris commented
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              Great looking cook, and it looks like you nailed it on the charcoal setup!

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