Mesa, AZ

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ronnp, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. ronnp

    ronnp Newbie

    Hi all,

    Im Ron from Chicago but moved down to Mesa, AZ last year. I've been smoking for a few years. I used an offset for 7-8 years but didn't move it down here. Now I have a bullet style that I can't stand and just picked up an electric for making Jerky. Jerky is new to me. I usually smoke ribs and pork shoulders. I'd like to try a brisket but am waiting until I pick up another offset. Looking forward to finding some tips and tricks, maybe a recipe or two...
  2. smokinal

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

    Hi Ron!


    to SMF!

    Glad to have you aboard!

  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF Family, Ron!!!

    Ah, the bullet...they can take a lot of imagination to get them smoking the way you like. I bought a Brinkmann Gourmet for something to give me a challenge about 5 or 6 years ago. I ended up with a double-barrel stacker 3-4 grate configuration, raised coal-grate, smoke box for a pellet smoke generator for hot or cold was pretty well loaded for anything I could possibly want to smoke. I was using a Smoke Vault 24" at the time, and previous to that a Brinkmann SnP 40" with tons of mods. The Gourmet keep me busy for a couple years, but they can tend to test your patience.

    Recently, I parted with all of my gassers (just not my game anymore), and grabbed a WSM 18.5" (bullet). Works well without any mods, and in combination with my Weber kettles (OTG-18.5" with rotisserie kit, OTG-26.75") I can cook for most every gathering that comes my way.

    Good luck on your quest for another pit. They do give one a nice large grate for preparing your creations. Recipes abound here, and lots of tips and discussions, as well. If you can't find something with browsing the sub-forums or with the ADVANCED SEARCH tool, just shout. Someone will come running...well, virtually, anyway...LOL!!!

  4. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well Mesa Az caught my eye.

    What brand of bullet smoker do you have?

    Welcome to the SMF neighbor!
  5. ronnp

    ronnp Newbie

    I'm not sure of the brand. Picked it up at home depot. My main issue is that it has a side access door for both the charcoal and food, so everytime I add charcoal my temp plummets. I had read the "true" smokers had smoke coming from underneath and that's why I decided to try the bullet. My wife pointed out that my smokes with the offset were excellent so why change?

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