Hello my name is Don Fredrick

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by chief don, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. chief don

    chief don Newbie

    I live in Bolingbrook,Illinois I have just started to begin smoking, I have a Bradley electric smoker it's not fancy to begin with it just has the plug in heater and controller, and uses a small box above water with wood in I have only tried a few things so far with not to much luck. The first was a whole chicken which after the cooking time and temp it didn't look cooked it wasn't brown the meat thermometer said it was done we than placed chicken on gas grill to finish,second item was pork chops they over cooked could use some help kind of not tried anymore.
  2. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hi Don, welcome to the group. There is a ton of information available here. All the folks on here are here to learn and to share.Take the time to browse around and look at all the posts and feel free to ask questions, I guarantee you will have all you questions answered. All you Bradley Smoker guys and gals out there help this man out. FYI a lot of us use external thermometers on both the cabinet temp and the meat temp because the factory thermometers built in to the smokers seems to always be off 20 degrees or more.

    Here is a SMF link to the Bradley discussions here on SMF http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/newsearch?search=bradley

    Hope this helps...

  3. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Don't give up- you've come to the right place!

    Welcome aboard.

  4. Hello Don, you have come to the right place there is a lot of information on this forum and I'm sure sure there are plenty of smokers on here that can help you and or lead you in the right direction. As far as getting your smoke temps to hold try and do some dry runs just smoking with no food at least you can get a better feel for your smoker. Also try to get and external set of thermometers the Maverick ET-733 is a nice set not to costly. Hang in there and happy smokin :grilling_smilie:

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2015
  5. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    since your new to this the main thing is to stay with cheap meats until you get the hang of it ..no sense wasting good meat until you have gotten a few things to turn out right

     but I you can grill a hamburger , you can smoke meat  
  6. trippy

    trippy Smoke Blower

    Don't be discouraged. Their is a big difference between cooking pork and chicken. With meat their is no one shoe fit to cooking. Take some time reading temperature required for cut of meat. Try to get as near to it as you can and it will come. Then it's all about making your smoker sing the song "We cooking good tonight!".
  7. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from another hot day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.


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