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Apple Creek Timber Inc Smoke cook training

Team "Smoke-N-Spice" members, Dan Stevens, Kevin and Gina Shields and myself, attended smoke cook training hosted and presented by Rick Naught of Apple Creek Timber, Inc of Edgewood, Wa on Friday evening and Saturday May 1 and 2.

The training was overseen by none other than David Klose of Kose Pit fame from Houston, Tx. Taking the class were 15 teams from around the area.

The host was very gracious, entertaining and informative and I think everyone had a good time in… Continue

Added by Lou on May 3, 2009 at 9:21am — No Comments

WSM Cart and first use of Kingsford Competition

I haven't quite gotten this site figured out or I would have posted here instead of in my page. My recent post in my page is a report on my first use of Competition K and pictures of my newly built garden cart for my WSM 22.5

Please go to My Page and check them out if you're interested.

Added by Lou on March 29, 2009 at 3:23pm — No Comments

First cook w/Competition K

The last four pictures I added to my photos are of my smoker station in the back yard, my newly built yard cart for the WSM 22.5 and my recent cook with Kingsford Competition.

I finally found some at Costco in Woodinville. Why they don't carry it in Issaquah beats the life out of me and apparently Costco folks as well.

To report on Competition K.

I cooked two 7 lb Boston Butts bone in. In the interest of reducing the time I cut them in half creating four equal. I also… Continue

Added by Lou on March 29, 2009 at 2:17pm — 3 Comments

RIB Rack

The picture of my cooking grate with the rib rack filled with four full racks of SL cut ribs and the sides filled with the trimmings, illustrates how much meat you can get on the top rack of a 22.5.

While it cooked great in my opinion I am not enthused with the notion of using a rib rack in competition. For feeding the neighbors it worked well but it would be easier to get consistent bark and color if all ribs were flat on the grate w/o touching or interfering with how you sptriz or… Continue

Added by Lou on February 9, 2009 at 10:31am — 1 Comment


What you've heard is correct. As they come from the factory the charcoal grate is too close to the lower vents and actually hits the vent tang preventing it from closing 100%. The interferance is perhaps in the range of 20% or less but in my limited experience, one cook, that is enough to make me want to fix it.

My solution is to make an "L" shaped bracket with sides of approx 1 1/2" and 3/4" inches and bolt that to the upper leg bolts inside the bottom which will then raise the… Continue

Added by Lou on February 8, 2009 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

First cook with 22.5

I cooked four racks of Saint Louis style ribs today and they turned out great in my opinion. Two racks were memphis style, dry rub with apple juice sprtiz after 3 hours. Two racks were Kansas City style with wet mop. The WSM worked great for my first time with one. Temp control worked well, the thermoter was close in temp to a probe at top grate level and it did… Continue

Added by Lou on February 7, 2009 at 10:13pm — No Comments

New WSM 22.5

It finallly arrived yesterday. I put it together and found the following basic observations.

-I haven't used it yet, will do so on Saturday, but found it to be tight fitting and good finish with the only defect being a spot about 6 sq in on the bottom edge of the water pan where the porcelyn finish did not adhere correctly.

-I tested the thermometer in boiling water and it seemed to be very close.

-The parts seem to be nice and round and close fitting.

-The charcoal ring is… Continue

Added by Lou on February 6, 2009 at 3:06pm — 7 Comments


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