New to smoking foods

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by pigflipper, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. I just started smoking fish and meats with a Master Forge 2-door gasser.  We have an abundant supply of seasoned hardwoods from our yard and from some land along the Ochlocknee River (hickorys, red and white oaks, pecan, bay, Florida maple, and others) so have plenty smoking woods on hand.  My oldest soon is a top notch smoker cook but I got tired of waiting on him to bring old Dad so smoked goodies, so I decided to start doing my own smoking.  Many years ago BK (before kids) I perfected smoking venison sausage using a small charcoal grill and a cardboard refrigerator box.  Here I am 35 years later taking up meat smoking again, but now the kids are grown and I am retired, so I have plenty of time.

    I chose the Master Forge gas smoker because it is relatively inexpensive, I wanted the convenience of gas, and I was not sure if I would stay with smoking food.  I initially bought my Master Forge to smoke fish but have progressed to chicken, pork, and beef.  My fish (mullet, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel) all turned out well and each became a delicious fish dip/spread, but with cooler weather I have turned to meats. 

    The Master Forge is easy to use and has done a good job so far but I can see now I should have gotten a larger size.  With that said the MF gasser is portable enough that we can take it to the beach and camping.  In fact we are planning to take it camping at Torreya State Park in late February.  Just the thought of a nice Boston butt smoking while we geocache and hike is making my mouth water as I write this.

    After I finish the current batch of pulled pork I am trying my first batch of ribs.  Life is good!
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lots of north Fl folks here!!


    This site has tons of info.

    I suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

    Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

    Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

    Have a great day!!!

          Make bacon the easy way!!
  3. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF! Glad to have you with us!

    There's a bunch of Florida guys on here!
  5. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Welcome aboard Pigflipper! Glad to have you.

    Please let us look oiver your shoulder, by sending lots of photos of your smoker and your efforts.  We LOVE photos!

    As you can see, lots of friendly people from all over the globe to help answer questions if you have any.

  6. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction
  8. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.

    You are going to fit in just fine.
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF Family...JJ
  10. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, pigflipper!  Glad you found us.
  11. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  to SMF. There is a huge wealth of knowledge here, and folks are eager to help any way they can.

    I suggest you take the 5 day e-course on smoking

    Even if you are not new to smoking it's a great read.

    I have the MF 2 door as well.I love it, and from the sounds of things so do you.

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