Greetings from a New Smoker in New Orleans

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by hebjamn, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. My wife gifted me with a Masterbuilt Propane Smoker for Christmas and I'm excited to get started !  It's a single door unit and the smaller of the two models I've seen around.  It's got four cooking grates so I think it will be plenty big for us and our friends.

    I plan to use the chips my wife gave me with it but from what I read, chunks may be in my future.  I've read that the water pan is undersized in this rig so I may be busy keeping it fed and watered the first few go rounds but I think I prefer it that way.

    We've got a friend's birthday event at our house at the end of January so I've got a few weeks to get my act together before my first big smoke event.  I plan on working on Brisket and Spare Ribs because they're what I like best.  Later I'm going to move onto chicken, turkey, fish and vegetables.  If I get get the heat low enough, I'd love to be able to smoke some cheese.

    The frustrating thing at the moment is finding a suitable gasket to seal the door.  I've been to all the usual sources here in New Orleans but nobody has anything even close.  I ordered the strip gasket material from Allied Kenco and figure I shold be able to find the silicone adhesive locally.

    I've been cooking on a Weber Genesis Silver B propane grill for 11 years with mixed results, mainly due to not cleaning it frequently enough.

    I'm also a pretty competent trukey fryer, I've probably fried about 30 or so in the last 11 years.  I had a no name hardware store fry rig for about seven years and now I have a SafT Cook model that's safer, but not as much fun.

    I've been reading the Forums for a few days now and I'm feeling pretty good about getting started.  I appreciate all the advice and look forward to sharing my successes and ... let's call them them learning experiences !


  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG]to SMF - great looking smoker
  4. howdy from up north welcome to the forum
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    This site has tons of info.

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

    Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

    Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

    Have a great day!!!

          Make bacon the easy way!!
  6. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  to SMF. You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. I suggest you take  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info.Smoking Basics 5-Day eCourse

    You can cold smoke cheese in that smoker no problem Just get your self 1 of these A-MAZE-N Products, LLC

    Lots of folks here use them and love them. If you goggle it you will find lots of videos of it in action
  7. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]And happy new year
  8. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome from Slidell!  Hope you post some Qview of you birthday smoke.  Look forward to seeing your results!
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]   Glad to have you with us!
  10. Welcome aboard! You will spend a lot of time and learn a lot from this forum.


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