Hello from Central Florida

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by melissam, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. melissam

    melissam Newbie

    I am new to smoking. When I moved to a new house last year I got a CharGriller SuperPro 2121. I plan to add a side fire box. I don't have much experience with grilling either, my family did it a lot when I was a child but haven't myself.

    My name is Melissa and I live in Windermere, Florida. I look forward to trying lots of recipes.

    This weekend my fiancé and I tried it for the first time. We struggled getting the charcoal to stay lit, but after several attempts we managed to get adequate heat. We did two racks of spareribs for four and a half hours averaging 225 degrees. We were surprised at how often we had to add more charcoal to maintain heat. I'm sure we made many newbie errors. Potatoes and corn on the cob were added the last hour. The food all tasted good.

    I'm looking forward to reading these forums more (you helped this weekend with the veggies!) I wish I'd found you all earlier.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2015
  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board, Melissa!

    You should start with the very basics like learning the behavior of charcoal (both briquettes and lump) and the behavior of your rig. You could run some test burns just to see how things will go, and maybe sizz off some simple hot dogs or burgers while you're at it.

    Adding the firebox will let you smoke "indirect" meaning your food isn't facing glowing coals directly. With your current setup you can explore a world between grilling and smoking, where the heat is direct to the food but you can also add a smoky element that you won't get from regular grilling.

    If you like it so far, there's a lot of fun discoveries waiting for you.
  3. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the site Melissa, and your new adventure with smoking and grilling.

    Ask plenty of questions.  Lots of knowledge available round here.
  4. Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
    Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
    because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
    Happy smoken.
  5. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a wet, rainy and cold day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

  6. melissam

    melissam Newbie

    Thank you for the warm welcome! We will definitely be reading and experimenting!

    Here are photos of our first attempt.


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