New and looking forward to learning

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by dougmurphy, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Hey all:

    My only previous smoking effort was a thanksgiving turkey 20 years ago on a long-gone Brinkman vertical. I was up all night tending and fretting over it - but it was well worth it.

    My brother has been smoking for years and everything he's done has been good eats. He's smoked so much he can barely open the lid from all the "seasoning" it's had. Figured I'd get into smoking so I'd have it more often than the 3-4 times a year we get together. But, I want to do something different each time and experience all I can.

    Wife got me a Char-Griller Duo back in May for a birthday/father's day. It has two grills on same frame. Left side is a 1300 sq in gas grill and right side is a 1300 sq in charcoal grill. I bought and installed the side fire box to make the right side a smoker only - won't be any charcoal grilling on that side.

    After I seasoned the smoker side my first project was to smoke a meatloaf. I have an awesome meatloaf recipe and saw someone smoking meatloaf on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - so figured I would try it. Absolutely the best meatloaf I ever had. Awesome squared. Fantastic meatloaf sandwiches the next few days.

    Next was a brisket. Good flavor but I didn't smoke it long enough. 6 hours and it was pretty tough. Found the link to and realized I hadn't smoked it the 14+ hours I should have.

    Yesterday was the discovery of a lifetime. Shrimp on the smoker. It was awesome.

    Had the kids and their spouses over to grill steaks and I smoked shrimp for an appetizer. Steaks were great but shrimp was all gone. Did 1 lb of 9-12 size - almost the size of small lobster tails with 3-4 bites each. And a pound of 51-60 size - bite sized. Used wet bamboo skewers and sprinkled each with my own spice mixture. A little spice with the hickory chip smoke flavor. Going to try apple chips next time.

    My family thought I was nuts for smoking the meatloaf. They're now believers. Shrimp will be an every time event. I'm thinking one of my next projects will be a bologna. Daughter said she wouldn't put it past me to try smoking a cheese cake. Now that she mentioned it....

    Anyway, I hope to have many fantastic smoking experiences in the future and hope to learn a lot from you all.

    Any thoughts or ideas on the cheesecake? Think I'll use cherry wood.
  2. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the site Doug.
    Cheesecake, well...if already cooked then make sure to cold smoke it. I have to figure hot smoking would be too much, but if you are baking it in the smoker then hot would be best but I have no clue how well that would turn out.
    Ever heard of fatties? Definitely something to try out, hell you could even roll a slice of cheesecake in some sausage and smoke that up!
  3. smokeamotive

    smokeamotive Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to SMF. you'll find alot of good folks here and alot of good info and recipes here too. Just hope you can learn to stop.[​IMG]
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Glad to have you with us.

    Be sure to check out Jeff's 5Day Smoking Basics eCourse, you can find it here 5 Day eCourse
  5. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum, Doug! Cherry smoke is good with anything I've tried...cheesecake, now, that's a new one on least I've not yet heard of it. I bet it would be fantastic! It's amazing the ideas a person can come up with for a good smoke!

    I can foresee many great inovative and creative smokes in your future!

    Hey, don't give up on the brisket either...I've only smoked 3...the first one about 11 months ago...not what I expected either. Since then, I've done 2 more with a whole new set of methods, and they were great! I'm hooked on 'em now.

    Enjoy the forum! And, may many superbe smokes ascend from your efforts!

  6. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, Doug. Glad you joined us. Got any qview to share?
  7. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome aboard. I can see you are hooked already.[​IMG]
  8. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Welcome aboard! I enjoyed reading your intro.
  9. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you aboard.
  10. fired up

    fired up Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard!
  11. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Greetings and Welcome to the board.

    Enjoy your stay at
  12. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad you joined us. Now just make sure you start taking some pictures of all that fine food you're making.

    There's a little saying around here..."no qview, never happened."
  13. I did get a pic of the brisket about an hour into it as it started to get its golden glow. But, too busy getting things around and ready when it was time to come off. Didn't get any of the meatloaf or shrimp. The shrimp were absolutely beautiful - if one can use "beautiful" to describe smoked.

    From now on I'll keep the camera handy. Then I'll have to figure out how to transfer the pics to here.
  14. tacman

    tacman Meat Mopper


    There are 12 step groups for people who are as addicted to smoking as you are.....

    They are lonely places with very few members but they are available. [​IMG]

    Sounds like you are off to a good start and let me know how that cheese cake thing works out for ya!

    And Welcome Aboard!
  15. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF! I love cheesecake!
  16. dexter

    dexter Smoke Blower

    Welcome to the forum. I am sure you will learn a lot here

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