Set up the Weber Go-Anywhere for indirect smoking with a drip pan on one side under the deflector plate slot and 7 or so lit coals in the opposite corner with a bunch of unlit coals.
Purchase the BBQube deflector plate here It makes the small Weber Go-Anywhere into a perfectly capable charcoal sipping machine. This whole cook might have used 25-30 briquettes and there were plenty left over to go longer!
A simple rub of black pepper, salt, garlic powder.
Place a cup of beef broth, sliced up red bell pepper, sliced up half onion, and pepperoni rings in the drip pan
Goal is smoking the beef shanks for about an hour and a half between 250-275 to get color and smoke.
Wrapped the deflector plate in foil for easy clean up.
Placed beef shanks over the side of the grill that has the slot for the drip pan and the remote temp probe in the middle of the grill.
After an hour and a half at 250 the shanks had the color I wanted and were probing internal temps of 150 degrees F. Pulled out the drip pan and placed the beef shanks with the beef stock and veggies in it and wrapped in foil to braise for another hour and a half.
After an hour and a half braising all of the hard connective tissues and sinewy renders down into delicious tender fat for flavor and the bone marrow renders into the beef stock as well creating an intense beefy deliciousness.
7:20AM Cleaned the mackerel by head and gutting them and then making cuts every 3/4 of an inch down each side of the fish so the marinade will penetrate.
Next patted them dry with paper towels and placed them in my go-to fish marinade-
soy/ginger/sesame seed/red pepper flakes.
I’ll let them sit in the marinade til 9:30 or so. Check back around 10 for the next update!
Changed plans and opted for the Kettle as it was such a small cook. Set up the kettle for the snake method (arrange a fuse of coals around the perimeter so the coals act as a fuse with only so many coals going at once) looking for 225-250 degree grate temps.
Once it hit 200 I shut down the bottom vent to 3/4 closed and left the top vent wide open.
Started the coals on the Performer, set up the smoker using the minion method with Apple wood chunks and cherry chips. Dumped 12 lit coals into the center of the charcoal basket and let smoker climb to 200 before closing all three bottom vents 75% shut and leaving the top vent wide open.
Pork Butt hit the smoker around 8:50PM.
The temps will be monitored by the Maverick 733 remote thermometer. At 9:17PM the Grate temp is 261.
Woke to check temps on the smoker and she was cruising along at 223 grill grate temp. The butt internal temp at 190 degrees.
4:45AM Pork button internal temp is 196 degrees, she will be taken off the smoker, double wrapped in foil and placed in a cooler til game time when the internal temps hit 200. I haven’t opened the lid on the Weber Smokey Mountain once.
5:23AM after being on the @webergrills Smokey Mountain Smoker since 9PM as the night and the #Porkbutt is ready to rest.
Obviously I love BBQ cooking. I love the versatility and ease of using two kettles but if I were only going to own one it would have to be a Performer. That cart just makes everything so simple and convenient. Being able to rest your tray of prepped food of hold your remote thermometer sensor makes things so simple. When you factor in the gas assist for starting your coals, to me, it’s a no-brainer to go with a Performer.
When you consider the fact that unlike gas grills , a Weber Kettle can easily last you over 20 years with the bare minimum of care and you divide out the cost of ownership over all those years, I’d recommend you buy a Performer every time. It’s only a couple hundred more and when you think that you probably only get 5 years on average out of a gas grill, the Weber Performer Charcoal grill with gas-assist will outlast a gasser by 4 times as long.
Anyway here was my set-up for some pork ribs that went on at 7:41 AM to be ready for lunch!
Snake method charcoal set-up with apple chunks and cherry chips. Ribs slathered with frenches yellow mustard and then rubbed with the Paul Prudhomme rub. Wait til pit temps hit 225 and then toss the ribs on offset the coals. Then let er rip. The top vent wide open bottom vent wide open. Because we are using the snake method, only a portion of the coals are hot at a time as it works it’s way around the bowl.
One of my fishermen was kind enough to donate some tuna to the cause. -A simple soy/sesame/red pepper flake marinade overnight and now they are placed on the grates to dry for an hour or two.
Light eight briquettes in the chimney and set up the charcoal basket in the smoker using the snake method with cherry chips and mesquite chunks. The charcoal will slowly work its way around not having the entire basket of charcoal going at once will help keep the temps down. We are looking to smoke around 250 degrees.
The tuna is placed with small gaps in between so the smoke can come on up through hitting each piece of tuna. The Maverick 732 grate probe is placed and another probe for the internal temp of the tuna. We will look to bring the internal temp on the tuna to about 135 F.
Picked out some nice meaty Beef back Ribs At Stop and Shop East Gloucester
Changed Up the rub from my usual Beef Rub of just Salt and Pepper. Went with Paul Prudhomme Blackened Magic, Some Turbinado Sugar, Steakhouse Seasoning (It’s just like Montreal Steak Seasoning) Atlantic Saltworks Salt and some Black Pepper.
Set up the Kettle using the snake method with Kingsford briquettes, Mesquite chunks and cherry wood chips.
3.5 hours she ran between 250-300 and I didn’t adjust the vents once.
So after perusing the offerings at The East Gloucester Stop and Shop Meat Department, the deals were a little thin outside of the petite sirloin for $3.87LB. Normally I’ll only buy a Ribeye or a Porterhouse but these petite sirloins had decent enough marbling (sirloins aren’t known to have the luxurious marbling that a Ribeye has), and they were cut about an inch and a half thick.
So the plan was to smoke them on the Kettle around 225 degrees til they hit 130 internal and then take the lid off and sear the smoked sirloins over the coals to finish.
I took the sirloins out of the package, coated them with EVOO and then gave a coating of coarse salt, black pepper and Montreal Steak Seasoning and let them sit out to come up to room temperature while I prepped the kettle.
The Weber Kettle was set up using the snake method of charcoal arrangement and I dumped about 8 semi lit coals on the left hand end of the trail of charcoal looking to build the temps to 225. Used one chunk of mesquite and a handful of cherry wood for smoke.
Once the probe read 130 internal temp, I took off the lid and placed two steaks at a time over the glowing orange coals for about 2 minutes on each side to sear them.
I was skeptical as to how they would turn out with such little fat compared to a Ribeye but they were fantastic. Excellent flavor, cooked perfectly!
And if you’re asking about the veggies on the plate, well uhmmm, There are none!