China has more than half of the world’s hogs. They’re the primary livestock there. (Think about that—they have more hogs than the rest of the world combined.) African swine fever recently killed half of China’s hogs, ¼th of the world’s supply.
Diseases move rapidly around the globe. North American pork producers are trying to prepare for the swine fever’s arrival. Let’s hope that the spread is stopped.
BTW, China is flooded with counterfeit African swine fever vaccine. Some people don’t care about the consequences.
As the title suggests, I am looking for help getting my Akorn to act the way I want it to for smoking purposes.
I have the smoking stone, use a water pan, and lower my dampers until it basically snuffs out my fire, but I cannot seem to keep my Akorn at 225.
Now, I will admit that I am new to smoking and that there is a lot to be learned, but I have read tons of guides and watched videos and replicated them to my best ability, but still cannot get it to work for me.
Currently, my process is this:
Open dampers all the way
Fill bottom of grill full of hardwood lump
Light with cotton balls soaked in alcohol
Toss in a couple chunks of hickory
Place my smoking stone
Place my water pan
Close lid and let set until 150
Close dampers halfway until 180
Close dampers again halfway until 210
Close dampers halfway one last time to about .5 on top and bottom.
1 of 2 things happens here. Either the temp keeps building to nearly 300 or the fire dies.
I play with the dampers making very small .5 adjustments to try and finagle it, but I cannot seem to get it right.
When I do seem to get the temps in a semi stable range around 230-260 (after LOTS of adjustments), after about an hour I go to spritz my meat with some apple juice and the temps take off again (Obviously because I just fed it a lot of oxygen) and never seem to come back down.
I have read about this "volcano" method of lighting the coals, but I literally have not found any videos or pictures on how to set that up.
Basically, I have no idea what I am doing wrong and I could use someone being critical of my process to give me some advice and direction.
I’m planning to smoke my first pork shoulder and am looking for advice on good or high quality brands to buy. Does Smithfield produce good or high quality product? Does quality matter? I would think it would. What brands do you recommend? What retailers sell quality products, e.g. Would you buy from Costco?