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    Tips on Drum Cooking

    The drum thermometer is cooler than the center of the grate. Keep that in mind when cooking. One of the most common issues for a newbie on a drum is for example cooking ribs at 275 on the thermometer....they find that the ribs cook too fast and maybe a little burning at the center. They reach for a pizza pan or some sort of diy deflector plate. Thats fine but you can cook without those and get the benefit of the fat dripping on the coals and the flavor hitting the meat by just understanding that if you want it at 275 in the center then you probably want the thermometer to read about 235-240.

    Since you know that the outside is cooler on the grate than the center...do you initial cooking on the outside ring




    and finish on the center




    For saucing.... Sauce can be intentionally carmelized, it can bet set and can be sauced after removal. Do not use the firebasket in the raised position...you will burn the sugars way too fast. If you choose to sauce on the pit then go ahead and let the coals ignite in the lower basket position and watch carefully. I usually sauce right after pulling the meat. If I want to set the sauce it is on the grate on the edges and with the fire low and the lid closed for just a minute.

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    like 2 zone cooking. very cool.
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    BP, do you usually raise the firebasket to upper position for non-sauce sear? Or just go wide on the vents with the lid off and charcoal still down low?
    Last edited by Greatscott!; 08-31-2012 at 06:23 PM.

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    it depends on how rapidly and hot i want to finish the cook you really dont need to touch the bottom vents if you take the lid off....

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    Oh so temperature should be 275. I always cooked at 225, now i get what was my mistake.

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    The tips you have given here are obvious. Thanks for it. You just rock. I'll definitely try these tips one day......//

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    Re: Tips on Drum Cooking: pizza pan

    I'm hoping to find the balance between letting the drippings hit the coals and also serve as a heat deflector by drilling some 3/4 holes...we'llsee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Poppa View Post
    The drum thermometer is cooler than the center of the grate. Keep that in mind when cooking. One of the most common issues for a newbie on a drum is for example cooking ribs at 275 on the thermometer....they find that the ribs cook too fast and maybe a little burning at the center. They reach for a pizza pan or some sort of diy deflector plate. Thats fine but you can cook without those and get the benefit of the fat dripping on the coals and the flavor hitting the meat by just understanding that if you want it at 275 in the center then you probably want the thermometer to read about 235-240.

    Since you know that the outside is cooler on the grate than the center...do you initial cooking on the outside ring




    and finish on the center




    For saucing.... Sauce can be intentionally carmelized, it can bet set and can be sauced after removal. Do not use the firebasket in the raised position...you will burn the sugars way too fast. If you choose to sauce on the pit then go ahead and let the coals ignite in the lower basket position and watch carefully. I usually sauce right after pulling the meat. If I want to set the sauce it is on the grate on the edges and with the fire low and the lid closed for just a minute.
    Look delicious!...

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    I sent a pm to admin. Kinda looks like spam from madii, I have seen this same post on all the other threads........

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