Finally got my smoker!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by phineus2020, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Hello all; My wife bought me a Brinkman vertical charcoal smoker. She also bought me a large bag of Royal Oak %100 natural wood charcoal and a bag of %100 natural wood mesquite chips.

    The manual that came with the smoker was very vague about the operation of the smoker so I am looking for advice.

    1) Do I need to do anything with the smoker,ie cure it, run a test batch of charcoal before using meat..etc

    2) Is using the %100 wood charcoal better or worse that regular briquette charcoal.

    I am avoiding starting up the smoker until I have a better idea of what the best or better supplies to use are. I am thinking of using a pork shoulder roast to start with. Does it need to be brined? I have a real tasty marinade that I use for BBQ steaks so I was thinking that I would baste the roast to start and baste again every hour until done.

    Does water need to be used every time or just for certain instances?

    Any help or directions to a reliable site for use and recipe's for my smoker would be appreciated.


  2. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

     Welcome to SMF Phineus! First I will say yes to curing the smoker. It will also give you a chance to practice heat controll before you put in the meat.

       Best advice is to use the search bar for  questions and take the free 5 day e-course! The course will help you a lot. Meanwhile you should be getting some answers here soon. Good luck and great smoking!

  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hi Phineas!!

      Put brinkman in the search tool up top!!

    You will find plenty of info!!


    This site has tons of info.

    I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the


    Then use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

    Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

    Have a great day!!!


  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member


    Hope you post often and let us know how the learning experience is going


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