One rub to rule them all

While I’m waiting for paint to arrive to finish up the UDS, I’m going to share some non-equipment things I’ve picked up over the years– mostly recipes. By far my favorite rub is from Smoke and Spice by Cheryl & Bill Jamison. This was the cookbook that got me started. Even though it’s geared towards…

UDS paint whoopsie

Cleaned out the drum this morning and let it dry for a few hours. Started painting after returning home from brunch. I got a decent coat on 80% of the outside and about 30% of the inside when my first can of paint ran dry. Second can did the rest of the outside, plus a…

UDS Build, Part 2

UDS build continued today with the Big Poppa Smoker kit arriving home yesterday, thanks to Liz and her bike basket. Even though the drum is unlined and only held maple syrup, I felt like I should at least try to burn the paint off first. I was planning on inviting over a couple friends, Jonathan…

My new smoker project: a UDS

To kickstart my quest to make authentic (or at least more authentic) barbecue, I decided to switch from an electric smoker to charcoal. It might have been inspired by looking at the incredible rigs at Gator Pits, or seeing the Pit Barrel Cooker, and from there finding the whole UDS community. UDS stands for either…

Barbecue heretofore

I mentioned that until now, I’ve been using an electric smoker, a Brinkmann. It’s served me reasonably well, offering a set-and-forget simplicity that made sense for a beginner, and that I didn’t think I’d get any other way. My normal routine for pork butt (by far my most common cook) is a rub (usually The…