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SmartFire with Callow (1st Gen), this time with Sand!


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As it was going to be a nice weekend, I decided to defrost two joints of meat that have been knocking about in the freezer for a while. A nice silverside of beef and a pork shoulder.

I also figured as there would be space I'd also cook a pastrami style brisket I had from Morrisons.

Only my second actual cook with the SmartFire (SF) and for this one I had actually already managed to get some playpit sand for the Callow, so my first time using sand instead of water.

I setup the same as the previous testing and cooking. 7 lit Heatbeads added to the opposite side of the firebasket to the SF. the rest of the basket filled with Heatbeads and a nice couple of handfulls of fruitwood mix pellets.

After about an hour the Callow was up to my desired 110C and in went the meat.

As you can see from my SF graph things went pretty swimmingly really.



A few points on the graph which look like they could be issues but are actually nothing to worry about.

1) temp drop caused by me changing probes having realised I'd used a food probe for the pit initially.

2) temp drop while lid off to put meat in the Callow

3) 4) & 5) spritzing meat with cider

6) Wrapping Food 3 (Brisket)

7) Removing brisket and Food 1 (Pork) Yep I did drop the food 1 probe into the really hot bit of fat on top of the foil of the sand hence the sudden big temp spike!

😎 wrapping Food 2 (Beef Joint)

9) All done

After a good bit of resting I sliced and bagged up the beef and pork (and forgot to take photos!) Both were delicious!

I did remember to take a couple of quick snaps of the brisket though. It was delicious, great texture and a very pleasing smoke ring!






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