First Smoke Post Mortem

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by gadgetboy, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. So I completed my first smoke on my Master Built propane smoker this past weekend. I will say that everything turned out delicious.

    The ribs cooked in about 5 hours, the 4lb. pork butt took about 9 hours, and it was only at about 185 degrees when I took it out (it was 11pm and I wanted to go to sleep!).

    When I seasoned the smoker, I had the temperature well over 300 degrees, yet when I smoked the food, it never got above 220. Not bad for beef and pork, but it sounds like I will need to get it above that if I want to smoke chicken.

    The hickory that I used to smoke was chunk, as opposed to the much finer wood that I would use when smoking in my Weber grill. Do you suggest that I stick with the larger blocks or wood? Also, should I soak the blocks before putting them in the smoker?

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Nice going GB. I smoke whole chickens all the time, I love them. I keep the temp

    at 225-240 and never have a problem. Just look for the internal temp of 165*.

    As for soaking the blocks, hmmmn, I soak chips but not blocks or hunks of wood.

    Someone here will have better advice, but I think soaking the blocks is over kill, not

    sure though.

    Congrats on the smoke...James

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