Best Meat For A Newbie...

Discussion in 'For New Members' started by centre21, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. I'm looking for suggestions about what's the best meat for a newbie to smoke? What did you all cut your teeth on?
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My first was a pork loin roast. Easy to do.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2014
  3. flyboys

    flyboys Smoking Fanatic

    Butt roast. Pretty easy as well.
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Chicken, its fast easy and cheap. It was always cooked with whatever else turned up when I was a kid. Its the meat you can get smoked after work with little prep. Its just good smoked food.
  5. Chicken leg quarters. They are cheap, very forgiving if you get to hot or to cool. And they always taste good. Some of the other cuts don't do well if your temps get out of range. Practice pit temp control. Remember to keep the door closed and kick back and enjoy. Remember it is done when it is done. Cook to IT not by time. Post a Qview as you go. We are all smoke junkies here and we are in need of our fix.

    Happy smoken.

  6. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    I agree cook it till it's done but also keep in mind pretty much the minimum to smoke anything in my experience is about 2-2 1/2 hours. Just relax and don't panic about the first smoke. You're not building bombs nothing bad is going to happen. Ask all the questions you can of the fine members here and you'll do fine.
  7. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I'm doing ribs right now and they are looking good .
  8. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Boston butt for pulled pork or a reverse sear ribeye !
  9. chase1300

    chase1300 Fire Starter

    Here are pics of my very first smoke. Beer can chicken and 8 chicken thighs. They turned out fantastic. That was only a week and a half ago. This past weekend I did a pork butt and ribs. I'm new where too. And all I can say is just do it. Lol. :sausage:

  10. lanshark42

    lanshark42 Fire Starter

    I'm new at this too.  I've had very good luck with Boston Butts.  I've smoked 4 so far for pulled pork, and every one was delicious.  But I've also had good luck with spare ribs (twice) and a whole pork loin.  I'm starting to think the craft of smoking meat is fairly forgiving to a noobie like me.  Just do your research and listen to the veteran smokers on this site.  Get a good thermometer and BE PATIENT!
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  11. copout27

    copout27 Newbie

    I'm still pretty green so I won't try to give a ton of advise. My first smoke was a pork butt for pulled pork, my second favorite. Followed advise and instructions from this site and I could not believe how good it turned out. I WAS HOOKED! Did 3 over a period of time, just got better. Then what happened? Mr expert smoker tried my very favorite....ribs. I"ll make short. Not so good. Second time, not so good. About to give up when I tried Jeff"s 3-2-1 method. Damn, back to Mr expert again. So pick something, research this site and go for it. Ya know that ole saying......if first you don't succeed, keep smokin!
  12. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Foamhearts recipe for pork tenderloin was easy and excellent!
  13. cyclonefan

    cyclonefan Fire Starter

    Pork shoulder for pulled pork. Keep it simple and be patient.
  14. My first effort at smoking was with a Brinkman gas model. I smoked a bunch of meat in it, but it took a lot of attention. Checking the temperature, making sure the water in the bowl didn't run dry, replenishing the wood. I had it for a long time. I was researching smokers and decided to get a cookshack electric. I gave the Brinkman to my son in law. My first smoke was Boston butt. I put it in the new smoker at 10pm and went to bed. 14 hours later we were eating my first pulled pork! Excellent! Only used 6 ounces of hickory. No tending, just cook to 195 probe temperature. Set smoker to 250. EASY!

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