New Rookie Smoker In Memphis

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ddorris, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. Hey y'all.  I went to college in Memphis and graduated about a year and a half ago and work in Memphis now.  I have been eating great BBQ here for a while and figured I would try my hand at it.  I have done a few butts, racks of ribs, and this past weekend did a pork loin.  I have a horizontal offset smoker that was given to me by a friend who inherited it with the house he moved in to.  Needless to say it is not the greatest smoker, but for now it does the job (I plan to invest in a better one once I save up the funds).  Each time I smoke something I try and do some research and try a new rub.  I look forward to hearing other and more experienced smokers opinions/tips/advice.

    Something I haven't tried yet, but want to, is to start smoking sides for my meals.  I always smoke the meat and have chips and dips and other easy sides but I would love to served a smoked side.  

    Thanks for having me and I apologize for all spelling/grammar errors.
  2. Hello, good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a beautiful and warm East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just

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  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board! You can find smoked sides here, look around.

    But just to be a devil's advocate, I suggest you have some sides that _aren't_ smoked, to have something cool and refreshing as a contrast to the smoked main items. OTOH smoked sides can be nice when the main item isn't smoked - like a smoked potato salad or beans to go with ordinary grilled hamburgers.
  4. Thanks for the idea - thinking more about it that does make more sense.
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  6. Thanks for the advice!
  7. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF! The lessons you'll learn on that offset will serve you well.

    Sides? Appetizers? Desserts? If you can cook it in an oven it can probably be adapted to a smoker.

    Unfoiled baked potatoes are easy and delicious. Clean, poke 4 times, rub with oil the sprinkle liberally with kosher salt. Smoke until they give a little when squeezed between your fingers. Just about any temp will work and they take a couple hours or more. Eat the skin and all. Trust me, you'll hear lots of OMGs.

    Oh, and do the search bar for Dutch's Wicked Baked Beans.
  8. I'm going to have to do Dutch's Wicked Baked Beans for this Saturday football watching.
  9. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Welcome to the Smoking forum. You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have. Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right. LOL. Don’t forget to post qviews.


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