Essential Tools for Smoking

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by generalee, May 3, 2007.

  1. generalee

    generalee Fire Starter

    Is there a basic list of tools one needs for smoking?

    I have a Char Griller Outlaw with side firebox, 14" tongs, long fire gloves, 3 seperate thermometers, meat therm, oak, hickory, and pear, etc...

    I see mention in several threads about the bear claw for pulling pork. Where do you get this from?

    Are there any other essentials?

    I think it would be a good idea to start a thread and make it a sticky and leave it at the top of the appropriate category.

    If this is in the wrong area, please feel free to move it to the appropriate.

  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Lee -

    I think it's a good idea. I would probably have put it in the general discussion area, but a sticky is probably a good idea for newbies.

    I would add that you should aways keep a fire extinguisher nearby
    a spray bottle to spray apple juice or whatever mixture you use
    maybe a mopping brush
    and lots of spices!
  3. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    I bought my bear claws on Ebay.
  4. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I've got these big forks that look like pitchforks I bought from Pampered Chef but I can't find the link to them. They work great for shreading and carrying big meats. May have to just take a picture.
  5. chris_harper

    chris_harper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i have a variety of spices; i use kitchen tools (tongs, knives, etc). i have a poker i keep by the smoker. i have my meat thermometer i always use. i just got new toy to use also- a save-a-meal vacuum sealer (rival brand).
  6. generalee

    generalee Fire Starter

    Thanks for the replies. Good tips. I'll be picking up what I am missing

    Maybe, I'll repost in the general discussion area.

    Thanks Again!
  7. If you want the true essentials, here they are: meat, heat, smoke. All the rest are for show. LOL
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  8. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    slicer, saves sooooo much time for jerky and anthing else you need to slice a lot of.
    Bear claws, got mine on eBay, love em'
    Thermometers - must have
    Vacuum sealer - perfect for saving and freezing left overs.

    Debi, I think you're referring to turket lifters...
  9. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    You may want to add Pam to your list. Pams sure helps with the cleanup of cooking grates.
  10. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    U forgot BEER![​IMG]
  11. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You said it best! .... [​IMG]
  12. Welcome Lee,

    Lump charcoal is helpful,neoprene food handler gloves for brisket/pork butt, lots of aluminum foil & plastic wrap(wide variety on both), assorted sizes of aluminum pans. The save n seal vaccum sealers are great for the leftovers. I am sure there are other items I have left out.

  13. payson

    payson Meat Mopper

    Bingo! That's an absolute must! I also like my Pigtail flipper.
  14. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Shell -

    Those are pretty close I think my tines are a bit closer though. Grea for tuning briskets and pig butts! [​IMG]

    Les -

    How did I forget the wrap? I'm always running low on one or the other!

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