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In the Kitchen

Pork Loin on the Ugly Drum Smoker

I did it again this weekend. I fired up the ugly drum smoker.

Pork Loin

Friday night on my way home I stopped at Costco and they had pork loin on for six dollars a kilo.

So I thought to myself, let’s do this. I bought and took home a 4 kg pork loin.

Pork Loin

I rolled some plastic film onto the biggest cookie sheet I have and flopped the loin onto it and then showered it with store bought barbecue rub.

A good healthy coating, and then I pulled the plastic wrap up and around the loin and tucked it into the fridge for the night.

Pork Loin

Morning time, I pulled the pork loin out and cut it into three approximately equal sized pieces. Then the weirdness. Keep your mind on the food. And out of the gutter.

I slid my chef’s knife into the centre of each of the loins and gave it a little twist to open up a little pocket in the loin. And then I slid a smokie into the centre of each loin. Focus on the food.

Chimney

Then I went outside to get the Ugly Drum Smoker fired up. Lit the chimney thing, got the handfuls coals white hot, and then dumped them into the basket of hardwood charcoal briquettes in the bottom of the UDS.

I tossed in a generous handful of hickory wood chips (I couldn’t find my apple wood chips) and then put the lid on the drum to let it heat up.

Ugly Drum Smoker

Once up to 250° – about half an hour, I put the three pieces of pork loin on the racks in the drum.

Pork Loin

Stuck a thermometer in each of the pieces of meat and one in the centre of drum to measure drum temperature, and it was rolling.

I left the bottom valve air intakes to the fire chamber wide open and the drum maintained a pretty steady 240°. I also had just one chimney/vent open on the top.

Pork Loin

Two hours and 20 minutes after putting the pork on the rack the probes reached 153° and 143°. I pulled the loins off and took them in the house where I tented them with foil.

Pork Loin

Only because I had a busy day planned did I leave them to rest for as long as I did. But when I sliced into them – wow. What a taste sensation!

Pork Loin

The pork was still moist and the smokie in the middle? It added a very funky feature to the pork. When I do it again I’ll probably put multiple slashes in the smokie casing so the flavour can leak out more easily.

I will call this another Ugly Drum Smoker success! Next thing I want to try? A smoked meatloaf wrapped in a bacon weave.

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In the Kitchen

My Ugly Drum Smoker Follow-up

I did it. I have managed to finish building, seasoning, and now cooking meat in the Ugly Drum Smoker that I started building earlier this summer.

Ugly Drum Smoker

Yes I did. I cooked a set of side ribs and a pile of sausages.

The ribs and sausages turned out “okay”. Not great. My results may be more related to my choice of meat, however, considering it was my first time cooking over hardwood charcoal in an Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS) I was pretty pleased.

To hear more about my UDS experience, you can watch my little YouTube video. Be sure to watch to the end to see my bloopers and little boo-boos.

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Durable Goods

Building an Ugly Drum Smoker

I want a Big Green Egg barbecue-smoker but I do not have the budget for one. So the next best thing – according to the internets is an Ugly Drum Smoker. A UDS. So I built one.

Ugly Drum Smoker

Well, I started to build one. Mine is 90% done. I will work on it some more this week to try and get it completed.

I still need to complete the briquette basket for inside, add a drum thermometer, and get the correct size of racks to put inside it.

And then I need to “do a burn” to season the interior of the drum. Seasoning the interior involves spraying or wiping the interior of the drum with an oil like canola oil and then burning a basket of briquettes with some hickory or apple wood to add some smoky goodness to the inside of the drum. That’s next.

The reality is that an Ugly Drum Smoker is NOT actually ugly. Once it is complete with a coat of high temperature paint, it is quite a handsome smoker.

I will add more details once I get to the next step with this Ugly Drum Smoker.