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The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke

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Keeping a Cooking Log

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I keep logs of my cooks. The food pictures on this site were taken for use in my log files. They make it easy to go back and do something again months later. Some days I have trouble remembering what I had for breakfast, never mind how something I cooked in the Spring turned out. The two logs were created in Apple’s program Pages. The Cooking Log documents the meal, and the Temperature Log for items cooked on the CharGriller.
 
COOKING LOG:
The Cooking Log lists any special ingredients or prep required. It also lists what went right and what went wrong and the things to change next time. The various pictures show the prep through the finished product. Grill related items discuss the cooking method, wood used, the thermometers, plus any grill accessories used. The weather section lists the weather conditions during the cook.

 
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TEMPERATURE LOG:
The Temperature Log is for items smoked on the CharGriller. I generally check the temperature every 30 minutes throughout the cook. This log lists the Air Temp, Grate Temp and Lid Thermometer temperatures. It also lists information about when fuel, mop sauces or wood are added. These can be very helpful when you are planning your next long cook using the same meat. In the Comments sections I record any unusual events or temperature fluctuations

 

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SAMPLES:
While everyones needs are different, I’m providing a sample of each here. They may give you some ideas for your own log files. Click on the Download Link sat the bottom of this page for a PDF sample copy.

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12-25-05-Prime Rib Temps_1

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