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  • ihadadog
    Club Member
    • Jun 2019
    • 11
    • Evanston, IL

    First cook on WSCG

    The weather cooperated, and I completed my first cook on the WSCG. Here is my summary of the cook and results:

    Meat: Pork spareribs and mild Italian sausage. I separated the ribs from rib tips and lightly sprinkled both with Special Shit rub about 40 minutes before cooking. Ribs were slightly less meaty than I like. I uncoiled the sausage and lightly pierced the casing all over with the tip of a toothpick.

    Heat: Day was cloudy and about 55 degrees. No rain. Weber Summit Charcoal Grill loaded with 2.5 buckets of Kingsford and 3 hickory chunks spread on top of coals on lower grate. Deflector plate was installed with drip pan 1/3 filled with water on top. Grill started with gas ignition, brought up to temp. Grill ran around 260-270 for the first two hours, then settled in around 240-250, and then ran around 225-235 for the last two hours. I felt like I needed to keep an eye on the temp with my Smoke probe, but never felt like I needed to babysit the grill. Overall, I’m encouraged after the first cook.

    Cook: Ribs went on WSCG around 12:30 pm. Lightly spritzed with water every hour or so. Cooked in the center of grill until about 6:00 pm, no mop, no foil wrap, no sauce. Coil of Italian sausage added around 3:00 pm and cooked until 6:00 pm, temp on ends around 165 and temp in center around 185.

    Results: Ribs turned out good. Slightly stronger smoke flavor than I expected. Thin smoke ring and very light bark. Rub tasted a little saltier than I remembered from last time. Perhaps I needed a meatier rack of ribs. Sausage turned out better than ribs, with nice smoke flavor, good snap in casing and fragrant fennel, and prominent smoke ring.


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  • ecowper
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3271
    • 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

    #2
    Looks great to me! Nicely done first cook.

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    • ofelles
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 2025
      • 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

      #3
      Looks and sounds like a very successful cook to me. Just think how good it will be when you know the cookers personality.

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      • Jfrosty27
        Club Member
        • Mar 2020
        • 752
        • Muskego, WI
        • Current cookers:
          Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
          Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
          Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
          Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
          Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
          Weber Smokey Joe
          SnS Deluxe
          Vortex
          The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
          Blackstone 17" griddle
          Joule Sous Vide circulator

          Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
          Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

        #4
        Oh yeah. Winner, winner.

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        • DavidNorcross
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 1534
          • Virginia
          • Rec Tec RT-680
            Coleman RoadTrip LXX
            Javelin Pro Duo
            More Cast Iron than I care to admit

          #5
          Looks great. Thanks for sharing!

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          • Greygoose
            Club Member
            • May 2019
            • 647
            • South Shore,MA

            #6
            You nailed it

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            • fzxdoc
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 5087
              • 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
                Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                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
                Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
                Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                2 Fireboard Driver Cables
                Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                Maverick ET 733
                Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                Grill Pinz
                Vortex (two of them)

                Two Joule Sous Vide devices
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                Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

              #7
              Nice way to break in that new WSCG, ihadadog . FWIW, I never use a water pan in my WSCGC.

              For the first couple of cooks I was puzzled that I did not get a nice smoke ring, which is why I upped the number of small wood chunks, spacing them at intervals from the ignition point. That seemed to get me the pretty (albeit inconsequential) smoke rings that I was looking for.

              Kathryn

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              • Old Glory
                Club Member
                • Feb 2018
                • 907
                • 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

                #8
                Great job looks amazing!

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                • surfdog
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2016
                  • 1091
                  • Sunny SoCal
                  • Cooking gadgets
                    Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
                    Weber Summit Platinum D6
                    Blue Rhino Razor
                    Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
                    Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
                    Anova WiFi

                    Thermometers
                    Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoWorks Signals & Billows - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

                    Other useful bits...
                    KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
                    A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
                    A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
                    Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
                    All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
                    Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
                    Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

                  #9
                  I use mine much the same as fzxdoc with no water pan.
                  FWIW, I didn’t use water in the WSM either. I didn’t find it necessary, especially if spritzing. (Which I don’t always do.)

                  I DO use drip pans, just to make cleanup a bit less of a chore. And I foil the diffuser, for the same reason. I’m almost certain that Kathryn does the same. Cleaning gunk off of that thing loses its charm real fast. LOL

                  Beyond that, it looks excellent and a very worthy first cook on a new toy. Congratulations & enjoy that beast. I know I love mine.

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                  • ihadadog
                    ihadadog commented
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                    Thank you both for the feedback. It should be a fun journey to learn from everyone and discover what works best on the new grill!

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