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Author Topic: Pulled Pork: A tale of failure and redemption  (Read 2034 times)
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« on: January 13, 2012, 09:31:49 AM »

So I decided to take another stab at pulled pork on the Keg.  Brined a butt overnight in the fridge, got up early to fire up the Keg, had it locked in and ready to go.  Set it up, went to work, came home for lunch to check on it, and the Keg had gone out.  So I took the butt off, re-stoked my charcoal, lit it, left the vents more open than the previous effort, and gave in to my insatiable urge to go back to work.  I came home to a Keg well above 500º, and when I looked inside, this is what I found:



Not promising, although the dog's interest indicates it wasn't a total failure.  Needless to say I was off to a running start.

Interlude:

On the bright side, I made use of the hot coals to grill up some chicken for a healthy, although slightly boring dinner.



Following an after-dinner trip to the local grocer, I picked up a second butt to redeem myself.  Some Raichlen Five Spice BBQ Rub, and a more *ahem* attentive stoking of the coals, and off to bed I went.

Woke up to the dog complaining about the absence of pulled pork, checked it after 9 hrs. at 275º or so, and the internal temp was 199º.  



From there, I pulled it apart about an hour later.



... and made myself a slightly guilty and mostly delicious breakfast sandwich.





The entire experience has left me feeling a combination of shame and excitement, henceforth known as shamecitement.

In any case, I had a good laugh as the dog wandered into the photo of my initial failure, proceeded to move on to the second attempt, and I will enjoy the leftovers for a day or two.

Until next time...

Cheers!

BBQRich
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 09:37:46 AM »

Man you did a great redemption! Looks great!!

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 10:09:54 AM »

Thattaboy! Did the dog get to experience anyof the first attempt?
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 10:12:08 AM »

Try and try again is the motto
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 10:19:52 AM »

The keg is great at holding a temp, but I don't know if I would dare leave the house with it running unless I had a stoker hooked up to it.

You definately did good with that second butt though! Congrats.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 10:22:45 AM »

Lesson learned. Don't go to work while the Keg is running. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 10:23:45 AM »

The first attempt would have been best used for grip if a vehicle were stuck in mud or ice, just crumble it up and throw it under the wheels.  That's about all I could come up with.  I cut it up to see if there was anything left inside, but it was so hot for so long that even the marrow had rendered out of the bone in the middle, and left the head of the bone pockmarked and hollow - I didn't know that could happen.

I was leery of leaving the house, The location is pretty low risk, and I trust my neighbours, so that helps, but not having the temp set to where you wanted was the real risk, and I have the results to prove it.  Much like my golf game, 'hope' doesn't make for good BBQ
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 12:19:53 PM »

Hang in there BBQRich that is my kind of breakfast sandwich.
After a few low and slow cooks while you babysit the keg and monitor its behavior will have you be well on your way.
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 02:17:26 PM »

These damn 'jobs' keep getting in the way of our obsession!  Angry
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2012, 02:44:43 PM »

nice second try
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2012, 02:50:07 PM »

Good job!
Looks great
You seem to have a very good camera too


Setting the keg for unattended (more than 3 hours) is hard IMHO


If the bottom vent is even a little bit too open then the temp will slowly creep up as the fire expands.

If the lump is not arranged in a way that it can spread it might go out  
Imagine a small fire on top of a bed of ash with nowhere to go
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2012, 05:29:41 PM »

That looks delicious. I like that toasted Sammy!  Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2012, 05:53:27 PM »

That looks like my first chicken! The second attempt was spot on!
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2012, 10:24:29 PM »

Great redemption for sure.its all trail & error.
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2012, 11:27:25 PM »

Practice makes perferct!  Looks good.
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