New to Smoking from the UK.

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by gav1, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Hey guys

    I have wanted to try smoking meat for a while and have finally taken the plunge haha.  However after looking around youtube and various sites i have not yet invested in a smoker, i do have a kettle BBQ and have seen it done in these kind of BBQ's. 

    I thought id ask for some advice as im giving it a go this weekend. So im going to be smoking a pork shoulder, i have the following equipment:

    Kettle BBQ with just the standard vents on the top and bottom, hickory wood, apple wood, thermometer to monitor the temperature and another for the meat, tray to place under the meat (which will be half filled with water)

    So my main questions are:

    1. Will a kettle BBQ be good enough to try it out as first, any tips or anything i should be aware using it?

    2. Do i use normal briquettes and if so, is there a rough estimate to how much will be used so i can make sure i have enough.

    3. Should you mix differnet types of wood together or is it just a preffernce to taste? and also how much wood should you roughly be looking at using?

    I will be buying a smoker in the future, i just wanted to give it a go in what i had first before i do.

    Any tips/help will be appreciated.  Im hear to learn so any advice to equipment i should buy as well would be good. 


  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you decided to join us. If you go to the search box near the top of the page and type in "smoking in a kettle" a bunch of threads will come up and you can get some info from them. Have fun and happy smoking
  3. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction, would you reccomend buying a smoker anyway?
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Personally I think I would try to get a smoker I think it will be easier to use but I would use what I had in the meantime
  5. meateater

    meateater SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. [​IMG]
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off Welcome Gav 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
  7. Welcome! sounds like you have the spirit!  Good luck and happy eating!
  8. thanks for the replies and advice, im going to be trying it out tomorrow so il let you know how i get on.
  9. I cooked a 20 lb Turkey in a kettle once. Pile the charcoal up around the side so you are smoking in a indirect method, and that baby will turn out great. You / I want a inside temp of at least 170. 1 lb of Briquites produces 9,800 btu's Lump Charcoal produces 13,000 Btu's.  Welcome to the Family Dear Friend. I'm here if you need me. Wa-do. Chefrc

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