New Smoker Saying Hi

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by flyfishn, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Just wanted to give the what's up to you all coming at you from Buffalo, NY.

    I never really had a big interest in smoking meat in the past. I'd just pop whatever on the grill until it was done and that was that. Then our gas grill took a shit this year and I needed to find a replacement. In looking for something I started coming across all of these smoking forums looking for reviews. Thought to myself, well hell I've been wasting time producing half assed meat all this time.

    So I got a CharBroil Classic 4 burner gas grill. The lady didn't want a dedicated charcoal grill so I settled on this for steaks and for her to use. I got for myself a Weber 22.5 Gold Kettle and ordered a Smokenator 1000 with the HoverGrill addition. Did a few dry burns with the system until I was comfortable with it and just last Sunday did up 2 racks of ribs. They came out well enough for a first cook. I chose to not do the 3-2-1 instead just straight rub'd and smoked for 6 hours rotating the two half way through keeping them bone down the entire time. No sauce. This was the test run and they came out well enough. I was not completely satisfied with the results but everyone that ate them loved them. Next time I'll try a method other than "dry".

    So that's that. I'm hooked. Picking up a Maverick 733 tomorrow and I'm already looking at all sorts of accessories and even new smokers. Any additional smoker purchase will have to wait. I still need to fully understand the one I have before jumping into a new one but I've already settled on the Pit Barrel Cooker as the next cooker purchase. I understand that the PBC does not cook low and slow rather averaging a cook temp of 325-350 but 8 racks of ribs in 3 hours cooked at the price point they're selling it at with the included shipping is just too tempting. 

    So that's it. There sure is a lot I've got to learn and this seems like a real great place to hang out while I do. So thanks to everyone ahead of time. I hope to learn all that I can from everyone here.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2014
  2. Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

  3. Welcome from another Buffalonian.  Lots of good information here, with plenty of people always willing to help.  The search bar at the top is your friend, not much that hasn't already been asked and answered, but don't be afraid to post a question if you have one.

    Oh, and you have to post pictures and details of your next smoke, because we're all addicted here, and because you never stop learning from other folks.
  4. Thanks for the welcome.

    I'll be sure to post pictures of my next smoke. I'll be doing ribs and chicken drumsticks on Sunday. Gonna try cooking them at the same time. Smokenator weber 22.5 with the ribs on the main rack and chicken on the hover grill. We'll see how it goes. Gonna try and find a maverick 733 locally. I know a place in Clarence has them in white. I wanted black but if that's what I have to take I'll get it.

    Cook post coming this weekend.
  5. Hello and welcome from East Texas

    Gary S

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