new to smokin, even out of season....BBQ is that great

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by stobra34, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. stobra34

    stobra34 Newbie

    I heard a lot of good things about this forum and wish I would have joined before buying my first smoker last nite!! oh well...

    I've been using our old gas grill (converted to charcoal after the roommates tried to grill while I was out of town) to do some smoking and get my feet wet with the whole style of cooking. My last attempt was at some St. Louie style ribs and my first try using the 3-2-1 method. I was pretty impressed by the taste and result.

    My biggest problem was the amount of charcoal i used to cook ONE rack of ribs. I tried covering up the openings with stuff laying around the house (some rain gutter, beer cans, etc)..which did help, but I'm sure I used 25+ lbs. of charcoal.....I knew there had to be a better way to get great results. So I bought a Brinkmann vertical last nite from home depot and am pumped to get it cured and smokin!!! I believe I got stuck with an older model as it has magents for the doors instead of the spring handle. Your thoughts?? Is this bad??

    I've read up on a few mods, and sounds like I'm going to be getting a veggie wok and new thermometer tonite. 

    Anyway, glad to join the forum and any tips to point me in the right direction for getting started are appreciated!!!!

  2. Welcome to this forum.  Sign up for the free e-course on smoking, buy Jeff's recipes, subscribe to his free monthly newsletter, get ready to buy gadgets and the smoking season is 365 days long most years.  Have fun.[​IMG]
  3. smokinal

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

    Welcome to SMF. Sounds like your ready to go. There are a lot of guys here who have used your smoker & can tell you about the mods required. At least you won't have to stuff it with beer cans or rain gutter. Like rangecop says, sign up for the free E-course, and you gotta have gadgets!    [​IMG]    Good luck!
  4. Welcome to SMF.  I'm new too and there is a wealth of knowledge here you're gonna love it...just ask a question and there will be 20 different people with ideas on how to help.
  5. welcome aboard!

    alot of mods come from playing with your equiptment and finding out what works best for your style. ask lots of questions many here will be more than willing to share their wanderings thru the world of smoke.
  6. search for the minion method. I have a drafty pos smoker and I can get 4 hrs of burn time with minion.
  7. Welcome to SMF... SmokinStevo is right... you sound like you need the minion method... it will help conserve the fuel
  8. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    welcom to got some great info already! do a search for some mods the minion method and what ever else your thinking about and read read read.You willbe glad you did on your next smoke.In time you will be sailing along!!!
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    And what Season might Ye be referring to Laddie?

    Around here there Ain't No Such Thing As a Season unless it is Hunting or Fishing...[​IMG]
  10. I never knew bbq had a season. I smoked a brisket in the snow last Saturday night/Sunday morning.

    By the way, I guess I ought to welcome you to the SMF.
  11. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yup.... only season's around here are shorts and BBQ weather or parka and BBQ weather, but no matter what it's all BBQ weather! Welcome to the forum!
  12. stobra34, Rangecop has it down to a tee!  The only thing I would add is after you take the E-Course go to the WIKI section and study a little at a time or look up things like the Acronyms, you'll see plenty of them here.  The only other thing I would add is that the only dumb question you can post here is the one you don't post! These guys are super fantastic about helping you with anything you can ever think about asking about smokeing meat or anything else!  Enjoy, and we are glad to have you here with us!


    aka VirginiaSmokeSignal
  13. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off Welcome BS to SMF. You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction  

    GO GATORS     
  14. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Out of season.....Stick around this place and read a bit. [​IMG]
  15. stobra34

    stobra34 Newbie

    Thanks all..smoked some chicken quarters last nite and were a rack of spare ribs goin now it smells awesome..I'll try and get some pics up later today..and FYI when I mean out of season it's true in a sense that everywhere I go to buy stuff for my mods NOBODY has anything..oh well I'm doing good with what I got!!! Thanks again

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