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Posted: 12/30/17 09:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Right now it's 8 F (-13 C) which isn't extreme cold, but it is a bit unpleasant

Would like to do some St Louis style ribs for NYE tomorrow... I know I won't be able to smoke them, my simple weber kettle looses heat pretty bad under 40F, no way I could do a low and slow with it.

Thinking a hot indirect blast for an hour our so, to get some smoke on em, then wrap in foil and finish in the oven for a few hours.

Tried lighting a chimney of coals and after the Weber starting cube went out, the coals that were smoldering just gave up and the chimney went out.

I'm worried that even if I get a chimney lit the coals will just go out, and certainly won't light the wood chunks to get the smoke going.

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I frequently cook in cold temps. Cold temps shouldn't prevent your charcoal from lighting. I normally use newspaper to start my chimney. I'm not familiar with the the Weber cubes. Did it burn completely? Sometimes fire starters rely on evaporating fuel to burn and in very cold weather they need a good hot start to get them giving off fuel and burning properly. You will burn a lot more charcoal to maintain heat, once you get going. But, your idea of a couple hours of smoking then wrapping and going in the oven to complete the cook will work.


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My smoker runs a little cooler in lousy weather - so when I pull the ribs to put them in foil they go into the oven rather than back in the smoker and they stay in the oven a bit longer. It's more comfortable for me and I can control the temp easier - ribs seem to come out fine.


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You are in a RV. Drive to someplace warm! (smiley face thing here!)

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Find a place out of the wind. Just build a little bigger fire than usual. Don't use aluminum foil until you are done. Foil reflects most of the radiant heat from the fire.

I cook 55 tri-tips or so each Feb outside with my service club. We use a lot of propane and just turn up the heat. A thermometer is a great idea. We are required to use one by the Health Dept.

I have been cooking with Dutch Ovens in winter for 40 years. Just use more fire.

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