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Offline Earls BBQ

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My first electric smoke
« on: January 02, 2015, 05:01:55 PM »
I have been reading a lot about temp swings on this forum, so my first smoke on the digital 6 rack Bradley wasn't a huge surprise. I started warming up the smoker at 5:15 pm, setting it at 280 degrees. The outside temp was 35 degrees with little to no wind. The smoker had been stored inside my house and was at 65 degrees inside the tower when I placed it outside to start the process. I loaded it up with 4 hours of Bradley special blend bisquettes and preheated the puck burner also. It took two hours for the smoker to reach a temp of 214 degrees.  Meanwhile, I had rubbed a 7 lb brisket and a 4.6 lb bottom round roast and let them sit at room temp for a little over an hour. They were at 50 degrees when I placed them in the smoker at 7:15 pm. I dropped the oven temp control down to 220 degrees at this time. I placed the brisket on the next to the top rack (might should have reversed the position of the meats, but consider the brisket the better of the two and didn't want the bottom round dripping on it!) and the bottom round just below and advanced a puck on the burner. I left the vent wide open throughout the entire process. At 8:15 pm, the temp had dropped to 191 degrees and was down to 183 degrees a little after midnight. Outside temp was now at 25 degrees. Throughout the next several hours the temp hung around 181 to 183 degrees. Around 4:00 am, the bottom round had reached an internal temp of 155 degrees, so I pulled it out, wrapped it up in some heavy duty foil and placed it in a crock pot on warm. After removing the bottom round, the temps slowly moved up to 214 degrees and hung around this range dropping occasionally to 207. At 11:30 am, the brisket had reached an internal temp of 190 degrees. I pulled it and FTC'd until 4:30 PM. I have to to tell you, both the bottom round and the brisket were delicious! Tender and moist! It was a success! Our dinner guests were very impressed. I have pictures and will share them as soon as I figure out how. Uploading pictures may be the most difficult part of smoking meat!

Based on my info above, is this normal temps, times and swings? Took 16 hours for the brisket to reach an internal temp of 190 and 9 hours for the bottom round to reach 155. I used boiling water in my pan. I tried moving the oven temp up to 280, but could never get more then 214 degrees. In spite of this, I like my Bradley and look forward to many years of smoking. Anxious to try it in warm weather, but not going to stop smoking in the meantime! Any advice on loading pics welcome.
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Offline TedEbear

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Re: My first electric smoke
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2015, 02:15:00 AM »
Any advice on loading pics welcome.

It sounds like it was a huge success in spite of the cold weather.  Here's the Reader's Digest version of how to post pics in a message.

1. Upload your pic(s) to a free host site, such as Photobucket.
2. Next to each pic is an IMG box. Left click in that box and the contents will automatically be copied onto your clipboard.
3. Paste those contents into a message on here.
4. It is not necessary but if you want to see if it worked before posting your message you can click on the Preview button.

Hint: If you think you might be using Photobucket for eventually storing lots of pics it is a good idea to create different folders for each theme such as Food, Hobbies, Cars, etc.  Just make sure you upload them to the appropriate folder. Keeping your Photobucket pics organized makes them much easier to find later on.