Other Hobbies

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    BAYMAC Guest

    I run the CyberQ, have been for many years... love it. I use that on a drum smoker, and used to use it on a weber kettle.

    My Q buddy and teammate, and where I smoke mainly, has a 125g propane tank stick smoker, a Gateway drum smoker, Stumps stretch XL and a pit barrel. We're ramping up to do a 500g or so stick smoker build soon, well... two actually, one for him and one for my house.

    what are you running? Lump or brickets? I'm gearing up to make my own lump out of almond and pecan soon. I want to have uniform sizing on my lump for a better and more controlled burn.
  2. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    Being a BBQer myself, comp team sounds like fun.
  3. enaldy

    enaldy Supporting Member

    Biking (mountain and road bike), paintball, music (drums, acoustic guitar, singing) and my drone!

    I think I have a few lol.

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  4. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Serious rigs :)

    Mostly briquets with some lump mixed in for the Bullet. When I had my offset, I burned down logs to go in the fire box.

    Almond and pecan, nice!
  5. capescuba

    capescuba Supporting Member

    So for those of us that are allergic to nuts, have to wonder if cooking on Almond or Pecan would have an effect? Any Allergists in the group?

    BAYMAC Guest

    Its a lot of work and we spent a ton of money on it in terms of meat. IIRC about $600, plus our contest fees. We towed our toy trailer in on Thursday, set up, spent all Friday prepping until about 10pm, then started cooking at brisket at 2am. We rested everything in Cambros until just enough time to get a good glaze on things. Turn ins happen 30 minutes apart, so you're slammed when it comes to plating. With 3 people on deck, we barely made turn in times. We ran the Stumps, and a Yoder. Next time we'll run two Gateway drums, the Yoder and the Stumps, and we'll do hot and fast. Nearly all the winners did hot and fast, and they got a lot of sleep :lol: I was so jealous seeing them pop out at 5am to start.

    Chicken prep is rough. You have to square up every thigh, and you want uniform sizing. Then you remove the skin, skim off the fat and put the skin back on. Brisket you want to trim up as well, round it off to look natural, better flow and the biggest point, to fit in the plating box without doing post smoking trimming and loosing the smoke ring on the outer edges.

    BAYMAC Guest

    Good question... sent it off to an allergist I know so hopefully I'll be able to report back :)
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  8. rygh

    rygh BOD

    Seriously, Holy crud, and you do this all at some crazy hour in the middle of the night.
  9. capescuba

    capescuba Supporting Member

    My hobbies are Scuba Diving (PADI Dive Master), and I used to ride motorcycles. I sold my BMW S1000 rr about a year ago now as a means to help improve my life expectancy :) Oh, and to free up some cash for another hobby
  10. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    At least when your tank crashes, you won’t die.

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  11. rygh

    rygh BOD

    Umm .. scuba diver ... pretty bad if tank crashes.
  12. capescuba

    capescuba Supporting Member

  13. capescuba

    capescuba Supporting Member

    LOL even more! Although it's really a cylinder! A tank is what you drive in the army??? ... Sorry the English in me had to come out!
  14. iani

    iani Supporting Member

    Gresham, very cool. I run mostly brickets like Norm. I don't think my smoking is on par with what you are doing. That sounds very cool. When you say hot and fast, how hot and fast are they smoking at? I guess the big issue with that is your window shrinks right?
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017
  15. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Yah, your window does shrink... good and bad... no room for error. We've been doing butts and briskets this way, at home its not so bad. On the road, we'll see :lol:

    What's cool is I can make BBQ toys at work. My friend that is on the team is also my boss at work. We've smoked at work a few times. First time we did halal tri tip and chickens (we wanted to include our Islamic coworkers) hot and fast, came out great. Second time we did 2 halal turkeys for thanksgiving. We only have 1 hanger for turkeys, so we did some stainless steel work, welded one up and blamo.... now we have two (and a lot of scrap to make more if we want).

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