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BBQ Backyard Division Competition

Last Sunday we had a St. Louis ribs backyard competion event in my community. There were 2 Weber kettles, a WSM, a Oklahome Joe, a Char Broil Smoking Pro (my old smoker, which I had modified and sold to my neighbor) and My Lang 36. We had two certified KCBS judges. I didn't realize how many of my neighbors were into smoking but we're all in the "backyard division".

Here's the point of the story -- at 150 to 155 degrees internal, the temperature "stalled". The other teams were taken by surprise and started to pour on the heat but nothing happened because the meat is just "sweating". Myself and the Char broil team wrapped our ribs in alum foil, which was the plan all along, jacked up the heat 10 degrees to 260 and soon the meat temp took off. After a few minutes we explained to the other teams what we were doing, shared our alum foil, and the other teams wrapped also.

I was not the event winner, the WSM team was, but the judges said we were all very close to the first place team.

Here's another item -- we cooked beans on a Coleman stove but for the next cook I've stolen an idea from Red1691. He cooks his bean/stew on the fire box top using a chain under the pot. I don't have a chain but I think and old extra fire box grate I have will work just as well.

I'm looking forward to the next event. Competition BBQ is not as easy as it looks on the PITMASTER TV show.
animal

Why dont you cook beans in your smoker? the rest of us do.
Wood River BBQ Team

I thought they'd get too hot inside the smoker, plus I didn't like the idea of opening and closing the lid to check how they're doing. The fire box top seemed like a good idea as I can easily see how they're doing.

Last time I cooked them directly (no grate or chain) on the top of the fire box in a black kettle and it took the paint off the top of the fire box. I now have a chain for the next cook, which I should have used in the first place.
animal

http://www.food.com/recipe/wicked-baked-beans-207576

My favorite, I cook them in the warmer but can be done in the cooker too, the guy who invented them has a 60
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Animal: Thank you for the beans recipe. What I like about it is I can cook it IN the smoker -- I don't have a warmer box and I really don't want to cook on top of the fire box because I'd have to remove my Santa Maria Grill and I just finished painting the top of the fire box and I don't want to screw it up again. The Coleman stove was hookie but it was all I could think of.  

I'm not going to share this recipe with the guys I cook against until I use it against them -- then I'll share it. They're going to ask me if I forgot the stove!!

Do you cut back on the jalapeno's or go all the way with 2 and the seeds? Instead of an alum pan I'm going to try my dutch oven cast iron pot and see how that works -- it looks better but do you think it will work?  

Don G
animal

I cook them in a dutch oven and leaving out the peppers is fine
mr.piggy

hello, animal and don.  you guys talking about ditches wicked  baked beans. I did them, their great .I did them in a aluminum pan, I never thought about a Dutch oven . I have one. this Sunday, 2 slabs of ribs Dutch's  baked beans , Cole slaw .    PS   lid off wright.




                thanks guys  Vincent
animal

Lid off correct, any pan will work. I have used throw away pans, it all depends on who is paying, I am cheap, at home I use a dutch oven, dont overcook all you are doing is simmering them. Dont make mush out of them.
An hour and a half is fine.
animal

Dutch is a member here too, you can always ask him questions.
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Animal: One more question since you've cooked this recipe -- I'm buying the ingredients today and my wife was reading the recipe and the last step said to "remove to oven and bake for 1 hour @350*, or until beans reach a temp of 160*".

Why couldn't I leave them in the smoker until they reach 160*? What do you do?

I'm cooking a spiril cut ham tomorrow for a few folks and the beans are going to be the center point of the meal. The cook temp wil be about 250*, which should be perfect for the beans, and the cook is about 4 hours and I planned to put the beans in the smoker at the 2.5 hour of the cook but now I don't know.  

Don G
animal

Just leave them in the smoker, that is how they were meant to be made, another variation I have heard of is apple pie filling instead of pineapple
animal

Here is the original Recipe from the SMF, you may want to check the forum out but mostly it is for folks staring out.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/50945/dutchs-wicked-baked-beans
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Animal: Thank you. Between step 5 and step 6 there should have been an "OR". The second recipe is very clear. Thanks again.
Midwest Freak

thanks for the recipe , i do not like baked beans but the rest of the family does so i will try them out .
animal

You will when you try these beans

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