I've never smoked meat before, got a smoker as a wedding gift

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by zach0129, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. zach0129

    zach0129 Newbie

    Hello I'm Zach, and I've never used a smoker before. I got an elitric landmann smoker as a wedding gift and would love some insight and tips on how to make good meat. I plan to break it in this weekend with a brisket and any tips or tricks would really be handy. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board, Zach! You've found the right place to learn about this. Use the Search here to look up your smoker and see how people use them.
     
  3. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    there are some good you tube videos on how to trim a brisket. Once you trim try some salt and pepper onion garlic rub ( try equal parts to start) put your temp at 225-250 and smoke until the internal temperature is about 200 degrees. get yourself a nice probe thermometer so you can put the probe into the meat and keep an eye on the temp remotely. If you feel like it you can wrap your brisket when its 165 degrees or so with foil or with butcher paper or with parchment paper.but that isn't a necessary step.

    Happy Smoking,

    phatbac (Aaron)
     
  4. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Welcome Zack.  You are about to embark on a life long adventure, enjoy the ride!!! 

    Here is just one video to consider: 

    Matt
     
  5. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC, Zach. It's goo d to have you on this great site.
     
  6. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard. Remember, it's just smoke, heat & meat. Will you screw up sometimes? Sure. That's how you learn. Learn how your smoker works then come here and ask questions. We're always willing to help.
     
  7. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    I agree with AK1, before jumping in the deep end, try the wading pool first.

    Maybe the following will help you stay afloat.

    New to smoking or have a new smoker? -- "How to optimize your smoke"

    Understanding Smoke Management - updated 12/08/14

    Smoked Bread,Crackers and Snacks

    T
     
  8. Like others are saying, just jump in but wade first.  When meat is put into a heated space for some time it is going to cook.  Check the temperatures inside the meat to know when to take it off.  Rubs, marinades, and sauces fiddle with the taste but don't particularly affect the cooking.  

    You should keep some notes of what you have tried, how it came out, and changes for the next time.  There is an Excel log sheet attached that I keep my notes on.  There is a tab for the smoker, the gas grill, and now a Chinese wok.  

    Let us know how it works.  Good luck.      
     
  9. zach0129

    zach0129 Newbie

    Well thank all of you for the advice. Since the original post I have smoked a 12# and a 18# brisket. Both of which turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I think next I'm going to try pork butt and ribs.
    this was the first brisket (12#)
     
  10. zach0129

    zach0129 Newbie

    Well thank all of you for the advice. Since the original post I have smoked a 12# and a 18# brisket. Both of which turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I think next I'm going to try pork butt and ribs.
     
  11. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice smoke!  Glad your briskets came out well.

    Mike
     
  12. zach0129

    zach0129 Newbie

    Thank you!
     
  13. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good looking brisket. You're brave to start out with brisket, but it looks like you've got it going on.
     
  14. zach0129

    zach0129 Newbie

    Thank you sir . This site and YouTube has been my friends lol.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2016
  15. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a sunny and warm  day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

    And a Big Congrats on the Briskets

    Gary
     
  16. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Best wedding gift ever IMO!
     
  17. okie362

    okie362 Smoking Fanatic

    And the people said..."AMEN!!!"
     
  18. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Better than getting a blender or some other crap.  For real.  If someone gave me a smoker I would have left my wedding party early HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAA
     

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