Just bought first "real" smoker!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by socalbbq, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. socalbbq

    socalbbq Fire Starter

    After doing much research, I just purchased a Brinkmann Trailmaster LE.  I have BBQ'd for most of my adult life, but took a real interest in smoking a couple years ago.  I am ready to dive in head first and pick-up pointers along the way.  Look forward to being a part of this group, thank you.
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum

    don't forget to go to the new members area and tell us a bit about yourself so you can get a real SMF welcome.

    Looks you bought what we would call an offset smoker.  I used/have a very similar Okie Joe for many years.  Offsets can be a challenge as far as keeping temps stable but they produce some great food.  Just be attentive and don't let the fire get out of hand.  A smaller fire with smaller splits of wood seem to work best.

    Let us know if you have any other questions.

  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  aboard, glad to have you with us.

    There's plenty of info here. If there's anything you need help with just ask and we'll be glad to help.
  5. bobbygee

    bobbygee Smoke Blower

    Welcome aboard! I too use to have an offset but became a watt burner for ease of use.I'm sure you'll make a ton of smokey goodness with you new baby. 
  6. smokinal

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

    [​IMG]    Glad to have you with us!
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

    This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

    Many of our members have years of experience in smoking meat.  They are more than happy helping Newbies learn the art.

    We have members who cure there own Bacon, Hams, Jerky, Snack Sticks, Make Their own Sausage, etc. if you want to learn,
    this is the place. 

    Don't be afraid to ask questions of them and follow their advice. You won't be sorry, you will be making great Q in no time at all...

    Just remember, when curing your own meats follow the instructions included with the cure to the letter, this is not something to experiment with.  

    Never use more cure no mater if it is Tender Quick or Cure #1 or Cure #2 than the manufacturer says to use, this can be very dangerous.

    Tender Quick and Cure#1 or Cure #2 are not interchangeable, neither Cure #1 interchangeable with Cure #2 or vise versa

    Tips For New Members.
    1. Go into your profile and Under Location put where you are.
    2. City & State or Area & State will do. This will help members when answering your questions.
    3. Go to ROLL CALL thread and tell us a little about Yourself (A Name We Can Call You) and Experience & Equipment.
    4. Do Not Post  your other questions and smokes in the Roll Call Forum.
    5. Post your questions and smokes in the Proper Forum, Beef, Pork, Sausage, Electric Smoker, Charcoal Smoker etc.
    6. Use the Wiki Section, many of our members have posted great tutorials and instructional threads so take advantage of them.
    7. When you can't find an answer ask plenty of questions, we have some highly experienced members willing to help you.
    8. When posting about your smokes be sure to post plenty of Qview (Pictures) Our Moto, "No Pics, Didn't Happen".
    9. Get a good Probe Thermometer, Don't Depend on the Built in Thermometer in your Smoker (They are notorious for being off).
    10. A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732
    11. Remember, We Always Cook by Temperature and NOT BY TIME...
    12. Sign up for Jeff's 5-Day eCourse.  Click Here
    13. Don't Take Chances, Always Follow USDA Safety Guidelines When Handling Meat.

    14. If you are wanting to get into curing meat, there are many members here more than happy to help and give good advice.

    15. If you are unsure of a procedure ASK, don't ASSUME, It will make your Smoking experience much more pleasant...
  8. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome! Lots of great folks here with tons of knowledge to share.
  9. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
  10. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF  I am glad you joint us

    You are in the right place the folks here are help full and knowledgeable

    Don’t forget the Qview        
  11. socalbbq

    socalbbq Fire Starter

    Thank you all for the very warm welcome!  I look forward to becoming a regular and chatting with you all.  Now just wish the rain would stop in California long enough so I can put my new baby together, can't wait to try it out.
  12. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'll trade you some free advice for some of that rain.  Never thought I would say this but SE Louisiana is in a serious drought or at least my farm is in a serious drought.  I think I have inadvertantly invented a rain shield that is sitting over my garden and newly planted pecan trees. 
  13. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF. Glad to have you here. Aren't you in No Cal just North of Sacramento?  Looking forward to seeing your qview
  14. rgacat

    rgacat Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the addiction. This is a great place to learn and share.
  15. glade to have you enjoy yore smoker

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