I’ve been very lazy in terms posting after I cook something. No excuses.
The temps were perfect for an overnight smoke (overnight low was below zero and at least 10 below wind chill!)
While I had little to no doubt that my Kamado Joe “Josie” was up for the task, I was a little worried about how the PartyQ would perform in the sub-zero temps.
I had prepared the pork early on Friday 1/3/14 with a mix of rubs – mostly using Dizzy Pig Pineapple Head to add a tad of sweetness. I also injected the pork with a mix of apple juice, apple cider vinegar, and a hint of the rub mixture.
I prepped Josie during the day with a full firebox of Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Blend and added soaked apple chunks when I lit the fire at midnight.
Despite the bitter cold temperatures, I was able to stabilize the BBQ temperature quickly and set the PartyQ to 220. BBQ Brother Dave suggested I wrap the non-fan part of the PartyQ in a glove to protect it from the cold air – I did this, monitored the temp for about an hour (everything seemed fine), and then went to bed around 1:45 AM.
I woke up @ 6:15 AM to the alarm going off indicating that the temp had dropped too low. I got dressed quickly and went outside to see what was going on. The BBQ temp had dropped to <180 and the PartyQ was blowing non-stop. I quickly removed the PartyQ and opened the vents to get the fire going. The fire never went out completely and it took about 15-20 min to bring back to the right temp. The PartyQ seemed to be struggling to blow the fan so I went with manual vent control for the rest of the smoke.
I started the smoke @ midnight hoping to be done by 2-3 PM to rest for an hour then serve around 4:30…as always, I underestimated the total cook time and it didn’t come to temp until about 4:30 PM. This 10LB shoulder had a very long stall period but I think I also lost at least an hour or two with the PartyQ malfunction. We ended up eating around 5:30 or so but…it was well worth the wait, the Polar Vortex Pulled Pork was OnPoint.
Going to smoke a couple of chickens tomorrow (one for pulled chicken, one for chicken salad) and test the PartyQ to see if I have an issue with the device. I suspect NO but need to confirm that it’s working well or work with the manufacturer to replace.
(and, since I am usually behind schedule, I forget to take pictures of the finished product)