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Sammy

First time smoke, went OK I guess.

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So, did my first cook on the Akorn.  

Came across the 3-2-1 method, figured I would try that.

First problems:

1) Had trouble maintaining temp; had to all more lump half way through.\

2) The outside was a little burnt.

2) Finished product looked good overall and the inside was some what moist.

 

All in all, not bad, I can see that there is a learning curve.

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3-2-1 is always a pain, even if you don't have temp control problems. It's a very specific formula, and variation causes disaster. It's hard enough to deal with temp variables, then throw in the 3-2-1 mess. 

 

Try getting your grill stable at somewhere between 225° and 275°. It doesn't matter where you end up, just get stable. Assuming you end up at 250°, put your ribs on, indirect, and plan on roughly 4-4.5 hrs. This depends on your actual cook temp, how meaty your ribs are, and how done you like them. This is way easier the trying to figure on off, on off, wrap, unwrap, flip, scoot, boogaloo, or whatever. 

 

The thing i recommend most is to do things as simply as possible at first, and once you get comfortable, then play around. 

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Thanks for the reply, I will try your method.  Just want to confirm, indirect as on the grate with the smoking stone in place?  Also, I assume I can apply some sauce towards the end of the cook?  Thanks!

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3 hours ago, Sammy said:

 

1) Had trouble maintaining temp; had to all more lump half way through.

 

I guess I don't understand this statement. With a full load of lump (all the way up to the bottom of the tabs) an Akorn will easily burn up to 24 hours at 250*.

 

Advice for new Akorn users: Always start with a full load of lump, all the way up to the 3 deflector tabs and edge to edge in the firebox. Anything less than this and you're asking for problems. 

 

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Hi Sammy.  And welcome.  Like a number of folks here I started with the Akorn.  Some, including me, had to do some minor modifications to seal it up which allows for better temp control.  As you have learned, always start with a full load of lump.  You can search here for Akorn mods and you'll find some of the more common things to do.  It's a great cooker though so don't get discouraged.  Half the fun of all this is experimenting.   Again, welcome!

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G'day Sammy, as others have said, make sure the firebox is full. This is what I had left after running my Dragon (same internals as Akorn) for 34 hours:

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There is probably enough left for another overnight low and slow but I will top it up before the next cook.

Enjoy the ride mate and looking forward to some pics of the delicious food you have cooked   B)

Cheers,

Billy.

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14 hours ago, Sammy said:

Definite learning curve, but it's all good

 

we all go through a learning curve,  dont worry, keep at it and keep kamado-ing...

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Ok, update.  Smoked another rack of ribs.  Was able to keep the temp exactly at 250'.  Smoked them for 4 hours.  Took them out, let them sit for a few.  They were definitely better than the first smoke, but a few minor issues.  They were a little dry.  Also, when I cut them, the meat literally shredded off the bone instead of having a meaty rib.  All in all, me and the kids enjoyed them.  Open to advice and thanks again!

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19 minutes ago, Sammy said:

Ok, update.  Smoked another rack of ribs.  Was able to keep the temp exactly at 250'.  Smoked them for 4 hours.  Took them out, let them sit for a few.  They were definitely better than the first smoke, but a few minor issues.  They were a little dry.  Also, when I cut them, the meat literally shredded off the bone instead of having a meaty rib.  All in all, me and the kids enjoyed them.  Open to advice and thanks again!

Sounds like they were not cooked enough to me.

4 hours is not even enough time at 250 for baby backs. What kind of ribs were they?

I know it sounds backwards. Did you do the bend test? How exposed where the bones  on the end?

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They were baby back ribs(bought  from BJ's, the local warehouse store).  Bones were exposed on the end.  Have to be honest here, I have no idea what the bend test is.  

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