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Post  MountainMan on Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:00 pm

Hello Everyone!

I just got my new Frontier with the extra stacker last week. Fired it up for the Super Bowl and did a smallish brisket. I was impressed by how moist the meat was in my first smoke. Couldn't stop there though, I got up at 3:00 AM today to put on a much larger brisket (13lb). Going to add some beef ribs to that a little later on.

Anyway, enough about the food. I am really excited by these smokers. I had a Brinkman water smoker about 15 years ago and got really frustrated by the lack of temp control. I bought a Brinkman Smokin Pit Professional off set smoker and have been using that for the last 15. Really liked it but, all my bbq buddies were saying how much better the water smokers work. So, I put an advertisement out and sold my Brinkman No . Looked at getting a WSM but no one had them in Stock. Just stumbled on the ProQ by accident. I read all the reviews and the great things people had to say about Ian, and Fred the dealer here in the US and decided to try these out. I like all the features especially the sections that come appart.

When I was looking at the ProQs I noticed that there wasn't a video of the Frontier so, I made a video of the arrival of the new smoker and posted it to youtube. Hopefully this will help those looking for a good smoker. Take a look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctqu4wnEGjA

Once I get the hang of this water smoking, I will post some more videos of cooking and the great food from them!

Cheers,
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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  BowtieBill on Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:59 pm

Welcome to the group, Kenneth.
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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  Goose on Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:07 am

Welcome Kenneth

Sounds like you are off to a flying start!


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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  Treegje on Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:04 am

Welcome Kenneth

that is a good review that you've made Very Happy
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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  Gooby's BBQ on Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:28 pm

Welcome k ennth great review i'v e got a frontier with stacker a real cookin machine

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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  All Weather Griller on Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:20 pm

Great vid, love the mountain shot at the beginning.

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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  ILBBQS.com on Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:02 pm

Hey Kenneth!

Welcome aboard! Nice review on YouTube of the Frontier. Though I have to admit I am a little jealous of your scenery...I LOVE Colorado!

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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  Mack on Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:17 am

Hey Kenneth,
Welcome to the forum.
Nice review on the Frontier, have you cooked on it yet?

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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  jenks_24 on Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:22 pm

Welcome Ken, glad to have ya!
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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  Dr_KY on Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:03 am

Welcome.
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Post  Chicago Jack on Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:32 am

welcome, this site gets better day by day...

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Thanks for the warm welcome

Post  MountainMan on Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:13 pm

Thank you all for the welcome and the kind words about the video.

I have cooked a small and regular sized brisket on the frontier now. Didn't post the video because they didn't turn out very well.

The first one was about 5lbs and just a tip. I put it on the first grate above the water pan. I cooked it for a really long time before I gave up and we ate it. Tasted good and was really moist but wasn't quite done.

The second, one last weekend, was about 13lbs. I got up at 4:00 AM and threw it on after getting a nice fire going. Everything came upto temp well, 225 onthe lid and my digital. Put it on the grate above the water pan and started in. At about 11:00 AM I added some beef ribs to the top grate (I have only been using 2 stackers) and cooked on. 5:30 rolled around and the ribs were done (very nicely) but the brisket wasn't. So I let it cook. At 9:00 PM I gave up and yanked it off the smoker.

I had to go out of town for work all week so I couldn't follow up on the brisket. I sat in my hotel room reading all the posts from this forum and others on water smokers and came to the realization that the bottom grate doesn't get warm enough to do the brisket. So, I got back home and gave it some more work.

I threw it on the top stacker grate, built a great fire, put the stakers together and let it cook. Again at 225 degrees F. No water pan but the brisket was wrapped in foil. It cooked from 8:00 am to about 3:30. Done, 190 temp. Tasted great. Family was impressed that I pulled it out. cheers

Anyone else have these sorts of experiences?

So my conclusions are the bottom grate (above the water pan) runs too cool. I measured 157 right on the grate. The upper grates are the best places to cook. Water smokers are vastly different from offset smokers. I like how much moister the meat is when done than on the offset.

I will do a pork shoulder next. Armed with my new information, I should be able to do a decent job with that.

Thanks everyone for making me feel welcome to the ProQ family! jocolor
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Re: Hello from Colorado

Post  jenks_24 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:14 pm

Hey Kenneth,

Did you start with boiling water? Normally that helps. I'm very interested in your answer, since I'm preparing to try my hand in brisket smoking study
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