As sad as it is for us to do, the time has come for the Lil’ Chub to find a new, loving home. As many of you know, this cooker has been a member of the Hot Grill on Grill Action family for nearly 8 years now. It has served us well, but with the toy hauler we use now to carry us around the country, we just don’t have the heart to let it sit without getting the use it deserves.
I’ve been in the market for a pellet cooker from the moment I experienced the ease of use and quality of product turned out through Ryan’s own custom built ‘Timber Turd Burner’. While his is certainly unique and has some killer attributes you won’t find in any cooker on the face of this planet, I knew right then that I had to have one of my own. So, I embarked on a research project for which unit to choose.
We realize this may be a bit ‘taboo’ for some, but there are occasions where the convenience of smoking on a gas grill has its benefits and since we are here to teach you everything we know about smoking meats, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include a post about it for gas grill fanatics.
This post is for basic instruction on how to smoke, low and slow, on a Weber gas grill – specifically the Weber Genesis (but this would generally work on any gas grill in which you can control and monitor temperature).
It was shortly after we had installed our Rock’s Barbecue Stoker system to the Lil’ Chub and we couldn’t have been any more proud that our pit ran even better than before. On initial tests and practice cooks the pit ran flawlessly. To no fault of the Stoker, this time was different.
Each year prior to the beginning of the competition season we would typically cook for friends and family to make a few extra bucks. We would provide them with some vacuum packaged meats in trade for a donation for the team. It became known to the team as the “Big Cook.” This year was our 4th year in a row of the “Big Cook” and as you can imagine, each year more and more friends were asking if they could make a donation to the team. Obviously, this meant more meat needed to be cooked.
I was able to get my hands on something that I’ve been wanting to try for a very long time. The Kettle Pizza attachment unit for the 22″ Weber Kettle Grill! As you may know, pizza on the grill is one of my favorite things to cook and I’ve written a few articles about it here on BBQ Revolution. Our family loves to eat pizza and I really don’t think there is any better way to eat it.
As everybody knows, we swear by the Weber Kettle. So, when we see something out there that may make it better we want to try it. Ever skeptical in things that can make a perfect rig better we felt obligated to put it to the test. If you started out like most of us you’ve done your time standing by the kettle feeding it a few briquettes every hour to run for long periods of time. According to the claims on the website the Smokenator 1000 can run for 6 hours if ran per the instructions.
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It’s Finally Arrived! The long awaited “Book on Competition BBQ”by Hot Grill on Grill Action BBQ Team (2011 NE State Champions, 2011 “Jack” Invitation, 2011 American Royal Invitation) As seen on:
- In this book, we are going to show you, step by step, everything we have learned over many years of competition, giving away every “secret” we have. Though they are included, we share far more than recipe secrets in this book. You’ll learn how to find and enter a contest, what equipment to bring, what recipes we often use and others you should try, what woods to use and enough information about them to make your own informed decisions, how the judging process works, the timeline of a contest, how to compete for little to no money, our strategies to gain a competitive edge, the power of taste and most importantly….how to have FUN!
Product Review: IQ 110
Automatic Temperature for Charcoal Smokers (Weber Kettle, Weber Smokey Mountain models, Big Green Egg Smokers, Drum Smokers, etc.).
Our team discovered the impact automatic temperature control can do for your turn ins when we added Rock’s Stoker BBQ controller to our main rig last year. Additionally, it gave us a chance to actually get some rest instead of monitoring our rig temp, fuel level, etc. This led us to consider adding a second stoker fan and adaptor kit for our Weber bullets. In our search we stumbled upon the IQ110. We were intrigued by the design, and reached out to John Kennington, owner of PitmasterIQ.com, for more product information. A few weeks later, we were sent a demo model to conduct a review, so here we go.
The first thing to do is buy 2 “food grade” drums. Be careful not to buy drums that were used for toxic materials or trash. You need to burn these barrels for 6 hours minimum to sanitize them. I used all smoke wood when doing this. My neighbor had a ton of apple wood that worked quite well. You will also need to remove all the paint of the drum.
Next, we cut out the door and vents on the bottom. We hinged the door and used electrical box cover with locking washers for the vents.
Update 4/21/2010: We’re not getting our hopes up….but we have officially be picked as a finalist for the show! We have sent in the additional requested information….and are hoping for the best. This would be a trip!
Check it out everyone…..we’re doing everything we can to bring “BBQ Pitmasters-Season 2″ on TLC to Omaha this year. Join the group “Hot Grill on Grill Action BBQ team” on Facebook and check for updates and events surrounding this!!!
For now….enjoy our audition!!!
I thought it would be cool to show you how the data looks after you run a cook…for 24 hours! You can see our notes are crammed on here – but we know what we mean and in addition, there is an output file that we can dump into excel and analyze more accurately. I can’t imagine running our rig without this unit….it’s unbelievable. I will be writing a post on all the settings, the dos and don’ts, ins and outs, etc, etc, etc. Look for it in the next few weeks as I continue to learn. Just to name a few – we have it configured to give us updates on twitter and via email when the alarms sound (fire hot or cold, food hot or cold, etc), you can run multiple cookers and it will auto detect a sudden drop in temperature and shut the fan down so you don’t have an inferno in your firebox!!!