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December 25, 2015 AT 11:00 am

How 16 Harvard Students Built The Ultimate BBQ Bot #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi


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Harvard students built the ultimate BBQ Bot using Raspberry Pi. via Wired

PITMASTERS, THIS WILL be hard to swallow: Some of the best smoked brisket comes out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. And it practically cooks itself.

The secret is in the smoker. And the secret to the smoker is everything a group of 16 Harvard engineering students could do to turn the finicky art of smoking meat into a controlled, semiautomated science.

In prototype form, the smoker looks like a combination of a giant pepper mill, a tandoori oven, and V.I.N.CENT from The Black Hole. It weighs 300 pounds. It has a refueling chute built into the side of it. And it uses a proportional-integral-derivative controller, a Raspberry Pi, and fans to regulate its own temperature, automatically producing an ideal slow-and-low burn.

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