New to smoking meat

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by danlondon2015, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. danlondon2015

    danlondon2015 Newbie

    Hi I'm Dan 39 builder ,,construction worker from London England
    I'm new to smoking meat ,I don't own a smoker yet .I'm looking into getting a cheap one in April .I've not done a lot of slow cook on my bbq is only cheap and charcoal, I've done plenty of slow cook 3/4 hours in oven ,ribs I can slow cook very well !
    Thanks Dan
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  2. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF, Dan

    Glad to have you on board!
  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC, Dan. It's good to have you on this great site.
  4. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Dan, Welcome to our "Family" and "Addiction"

    Plenty of good folk on here, ask any questions you can think of, and you will get your answers.

    Please take time to look at the UK Smokers Forum,

    And introduce your self on the UK Roll Call

    We have had our 2nd UK Smokes weekend, where members attend and cooked over the weekend, dates and plans are already in place for 2016. Please use the link below to view the website.

    Smokin Monkey �
  5. acres87

    acres87 Fire Starter

    I have learned a lot on this site and you will to. The Brits are a crazy fun group on here, even have me smoking butter now. Best Regards, Steve
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Dan and welcome to the group. I am from Kent and so not far from you.

    There are a growing number of fellow UK BBQ/smoking enthusiasts on the forum and we also have the benefit of the vast experience of our friends from the USA and elsewhere. The forum is all about sharing knowledge and experiences and from your introduction I think you will be able to contribute positively right from the start. Although there is a lot of discussion about BBQ hot smoking here there are also a lot of other passions - like cold smoking and sous vide. You will also get a lot of good advice on food safety here. The forum follows the USDA guidelines, however they are very similar in most respects to the UK.

    You can cook low and slow on most BBQs that have a cover, though the cheaper ones may need a lot of modifications and constant attention to get the results. A lot of people start with a good quality Kettle BBQ. The Weber 22" (57cm) is ideal to begin with. Working on a similar principle but for smoking larger quantities with easier control  you could go to something like the Weber Smoky Mountain (WSM) or ProQ Excel/Elite. These are used a lot at the BBQ competitions and can be used for smoking as well as grilling. Some people new to smoking go straight for the offset smokers as this is what they perceive as being a serious smoker. The important thing is to produce good tasting food so try not to be seduced by style over practicality. The offset smokers are good as you go up in price but the lower end ones can be a real pain to achieve good temperature control.

    The principle in the oven and the smoker are the same - although the smoker adds that additional flavour that you are looking for. It is all about temperature control - and that is why the model of smoker you choose initially is important. The secret of temperature control is all about managing air flow over the burning charcoal/briquettes/pellets. With a leaky smoker or one with poor air vents this can be very difficult to achieve. Fuel is also important. For low and slow over 6-7 + hours with minimum maintenance you need to use a good quality briquette.

    Once you have your smoker and have mastered the temperature control you will start to use it as an extension of your kitchen. I now cook all my large joints of meat and birds in the smoker. Even our Christmas turkey has been smoked in the Weber for the past 10 years or so.

    Let us know your thought as you start to get closer to your smoker purchase decision and we can let you know if we have experiences of using that particular model.

    Good luck and don't be afraid to ask questions. The only dumb questions are the ones that don't get asked.

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2016
  7. smokinal

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

    Welcome to SMF, Dan!

    Glad to have you with us!


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