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Re: my smoker stopped smoking; the temperature is IDEAL
You will need to replenish the charcoal as it burns down. You can also add some soaked wood chips or wood chunks at the same time for additional smoke flavor. It you are using the water pan it would be a good time make sure it has plenty of water also.
Watch your temperatures and when you see it start to drop, add more fuel to keep the temps up.
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How long to smoke a 10lb turkey?
Check the temperature of your turkey after 3½ hours. Your turkey must pass through a critical range of 40° F to 140° F in 4 hours or less. If the internal temperature is low after 3½ hours, take your turkey off the smoker and finish it in the oven. Cover the turkey and chill or let stand for 20 minutes before carving.
There are many factors that will dictate how your final product will turn out and how long it will take to cook. I personally smoke my turkeys at about 325°. A 13 pound bird will take 1.5 - 2 hours to finish at this temperature the way I prepare them. Make sure you use a thermometer to check the doneness of the meat.
I do not have your exact smoker model but I do have a Dyna-Glo dual burner propane smoker as well as a Traeger electric. The temperatures and times I get are consistent with both of these models.
This is a common complaint about Traeger grills. Some people have resolved it with smoke pipes which contain pellets that smolder during the cooking process.
Others use different pellets than Traeger pellets but they void their warranty when they do. For me, Traeger pellets seem to put out enough smoke at the low temperatures I use (less than 200 degrees) but if I get above 200, the smoke goes sway.
When I cook pork shoulders, I try to keep the temperature at 180. In ideal conditions the Traeger will fluctuate between 160 and 200, averaging 180. If I can maintain this low-slow cooking temp-speed, I get a good smoke ring and decent smoke flavor.
If I get above 200, I lose much of the flavor but usually have a smoke ring though not as intense as at the lower temps. There are lots of conversations about this on blogs at the Traeger website and at the Pelletheads website.
To use your Brinkman Smoker or Other Smokers
1... Marinate or place a rub on the meat you will be smoking, and let it sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
2...Cover your wood chips with water(and if you wish you can add some Jim Beam Whisky or other flavorfull liquids in a bowl with the water, 1 inch above the wood chips and use a flat peice of metal (pie pan,etc.)to weigh the wood chips down underwater. You will do the wood chips at least 24 hrs before you plan to start smoking this gives the wood time to soak in the flavorfull liquids.
3...Start a fire in the smoker having the fire below the meat, but do not put the meat on yet, wait till the flames die down first. Once they are coated with gray ash, you can place the meat on the racks and add your soaked chips to the smoker. I would place an aluminum drip pan under the center portion of the cooking area on your smoker, to catch the juices from the meat if you are not using a water pan in that position.
4...Place the meat in the smoker on the grilling surface, and place the wood chips over the charcoal and hardwood in the main grilling area Close the lid and do not open it unless you must add wood chips during the cooking process.
5...Continue adding wood chips to the tray as needed during the time you are cooking. If you have a Brinkmann or other smoker with one chamber for placing the wood chips and the meat, add wood chips only once per hour.
6...Apply your sauce to the meat one hour before the meat should be done. Test your meat with a thermometer for for an internal tempreture of 160 degrees for medium and 170-180 degrees for medium well to well Note: Apply the sauce quickly to avoid loosing the heat in your smoker if you leave it open too long it will allow the heat and smoke to escape, increasing the cooking time. Close the lid if it needs to continue cooking till you reach the right internal tempreture
7...Test your meat with a meat thermometer after a few hours of cooking time. Make sure your meat is at least 160 degrees internal tempreture for medium and more than 170 degrees for medium to well. Close the lid and maintain your heat if it needs to continue cooking. Please take time to rate me.
Prepare the smoker for barbecuing by bringing the temperature up to 200°F to 220°F
(95°C to 105°C).
Put the steaks in the smoker and cook for about 2 hour for Medium Well to Well Done.
Check your steak at 1.5 hours to see how it is doing...maybe almost rare to medium rare...
During the last 15 minutes of cooking before the meat is done, you will brush the meat with some of marinade,bbq sauce,etc if you want.
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The truth is that the user manual/instruction for your propane smoker is not available anywhere online. The manufacturers of this unit did not make it available. I went further searching and couldn't find any.
I would suggest you contact the manufacturer of this unit via phone or e-mail and request for the instruction/user manual from them. They might give it to you or direct you to a dealer where you can get the instruction/user manual.
This is the best you can do to get the instruction/user manual you are requesting for. Go to the propane smoker's website, check "Contact Us" and you would see their e-mail and phone number.
Below are some instructions that may help you with your propane smoker;
Set Up the Tank
The first thing to do in using your propane smoker is to connect the propane tank to the smoker. Open its valve by turning it in a clockwise direction. Next, you need to locate the wood chip box. Fill the box with any wood that you prefer, like hickory, mesquite or oak.
The wood chips when lit produce a smoky flavor that is absorbed by the food in the propane smoker. Each type of wood produces its own distinct flavor. Remember to soak the wood chips for at least an hour before using them so that they do not burn quickly. Soaking the wood chips also helps to create more smoke inside the propane smoker.
Fill the Water Box
After filling the wood chip box, you need to fill up the water box of the propane smoker. It is usually located right above the wood chip box. You can fill the water box with water or with sand. You can leave it empty, but it is best filled with water because the evaporation during the cooking process keeps the food from getting dry and tough.
When cooking with a propane smoker, moisture is important. Keep adding water when the level in the box is low. To add more flavor to your food, you can also add spices and seasonings to the water.
The propane smoker is almost ready. All that is left to do is turn on the smoker and adjust the temperature. Most models have a rotary dial that controls the level of temperature in the smoker. The temperature depends on the type of food that will be cooked.
You should use a higher temperature for thick slices of meat and a lower temperature for thin slices of meat or for vegetables. Once you see smoke coming out of the smoker, it is time to put in your meat or vegetables. Cooking time depends on the kind of food being cooked and the thickness of the meat being smoked.
Google "Smokering" and you will find a lot of forums dedicated to smoking food. It is an art in itself but many of these forums are helpful in learning.
The answer to your question is basically put as many racks of ribs that fit without touching and as long as the temperature is maintained they will all cook at the same time. I typically smoke my ribs at 225 for 4-5 hours.
The quick and short story is, fill the charcoal pan about 1/2 to 2/3 full of charcoal. Fill the water pan about 2/3 full of water and I add beer or whatever marinate I have left over. Spray PAM of similar item on your grills. Get the charcoal going, you need to try to regulate the temperature for 225 and maintain it for 4-6 hours depending on what you are cooking. You will need to reload the charcoal as needed to maintain the cook through out the period needed. I would start of with a couple whole chickens and put a digital thermometer in the breast. Cook till the breast reaches 170-175 and remove. Place soaked wood chips or chunks on top of the charcoal during the cook. The first hour it is important to keep some wood in there to get that smokey flavor. I use oak and Hickory.
If you really want to learn to cook good smoked foods, Google "smokering" and you will find a bunch of forums dedicated to the smoking foods and bunch of good people willing to help you learn.
To successfully smoke a turkey, use this formula: 30 minutes per pound at about 230 degrees Fahrenheit. That means it will take about 10 hours to smoke a turkey at 230 degrees Fahrenheit. After about 9 1/2 hours, stick a meat thermometer deep into each side of the breast making sure not to hit the bone and let it sit for about 30-40 seconds. The temperature needs to be 165 degrees Fahrenheit to be properly cooked and not make anyone sick.
I hope your turkey turned out OK. I read all of the smoking and grilling forums and it seemed to be a very common occurrence yesterday that turkeys cooked in far less time that the grill masters thought they would. Could be that most birds are pre-brined and the additional moisture causes the birds to cook faster. Could be that they are leaner than in the past and the fat renders sooner, causing internal temp to rise faster.
I would let it cook and just check the internal meat temperature at regular intervals starting about 15 minutes per pound.
At what temperature was your smoker running during your cook?