here's my smoker

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by yardbird, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. yardbird

    yardbird Meat Mopper

    [​IMG]This is a Smoke Hollow under a tarp. :)

    It's 23 degrees outside right now at 12:30pm. It was 2 this morning. Tomorrow we should get up to the freezing mark and Friday we're looking at a good chance of breaking 40 with no precipitation.

    I still need to order a cover so I put a tarp over it for now. My ET-732 should arrive tomorrow.

    I have to get the house ready for some after-dinner guests tomorrow, but if I can get out and get a bucket and some chickens, I might be smoking my first smoke on Friday. If I can't get out to get chickens, I have some venison in the freezer and several pounds of ground beef and some ground pork. Maybe I'll smoke a meatloaf if I don't have chicken.

    Once I get this first smoke out of my system (AND have a brining bucket) I'm going to go for it with the turkey I have in the freezer.

    Haven't seen anything about smoked venison. I need to search on that one. And if smoked meatloaf is awesome, it makes me wonder why I shouldn't try some smoked meatballs. :)

    How's this sound?  ... smoked meatballs with linguine and a "sauce" of fried mushrooms and onions with EVOO?
  2. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds like you have a plan.  Venison is good smoked.  It depends on the cut of meat you have as to how you might want to prepare it.  I like to add fat to it.  Like wrapping in bacon.  Also, a good brine for a day or two will help.

    good luck..
  3. smokinal

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

    We do smoked meatballs all the time! They are to die for in pasta, but we use them in chili a lot too. A real treat is to mix ground beef & hot Italian sausage together & make meat balls with the combo then smoke them.
  4. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to your new addiction! Your 'list of things to smoke' will only grow longer, and that is a good thing!

  5. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    x2 on smoke meatballs! put cheese in the middle Thumbs Up
  6. yardbird

    yardbird Meat Mopper

    OK. I think I'm in business for Friday as long as the weather doesn't change from what they're saying. :)

    I got a bucket from the pizza place up the street. Then I stopped at a Dunkin Donuts and asked if they had any food buckets. I got one that had pickles in it. Doesn't really smell strong like pickles though. I think they sent it through their dishwasher. I'll wash 'em both out regardless, but the one from Dunkin Donuts came with a nice lid. The kind with an o-ring seal.

    Also picked up a couple of "minimally processed" roasters. About 4 pounds each. The "organic" ones were just way too much money for a trial run.

    My smoker isn't exactly small. The roasters will look like a couple of BBs in a boxcar, so I think I might make up about a 3 pound meatloaf and put that in there as well.  I'm gonna start a notebook and write stuff down so I can look at it later and see what worked and what didn't, how long things took, the temps I was running at, etc.

    Ok to do a meatloaf at the higher temps I'm seeing for the chickens? Or should I just do the meatloaf separate?  Anyways... I have some reading to do. :)

    Feeling a little silly being this excited about cooking some chickens. hahahha

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