Newbee from Tennessee

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by tennessee pork smoker, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Hey guys, my name is Eric and I just finished my first attempt at smoking two full racks of ribs from a sow I took with my bow.

    Anyway, I used my new vertical H2O smoker I bought from Home Depot for 40 bucks. I put water and half a bottle of Dales in the drip pan along with some peppers and such. For my fire I used a combination of charcol and hickory. I also put some hickory chips wrapped in foil for the extra smoke.

    The ribs were on the smoker for about 3 1/2 hours and had very good taste but a very rubber like texture to them. They by no means pulled apart like the best ribs I ever had on Beale St in Memphis, TN.

    Anyway, I'll be cruising around hoping to pick up some tips and learn what I did wrong. I love cooking on the grill, and have always wanted to start smoking some meat. I have my new smoker picked out, but I want to learn the trade before buying it.
  2. gramason

    gramason OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF.
  3. ron50

    ron50 OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Welcome to the forum. Lots of great helpful people here willing to give their time to help you learn the art of the Q. I'd recommend beginning with Jeff's free 5 day e-course which will teach you the basics. Then peruse the forums and when you're ready ask your questions. Lots of good people here will provide the answers.

    Here is Jeff's course:
  4. meowey

    meowey OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF! Check out the 3-2-1 method for ribs. That will help with the texture.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  5. Thanks guys, I'll be looking those things up.
  6. Welcome to the smf Eric. LOt of great folks here you come to the right place if you want to learn how to smoke. Need to check out Jeff's free 5-day ecourse.
  7. Welcome my TN brother! The first thing to learn is to control your temp. 220F - 250F should be your max temp for any foods. Also, do not go by time but by temp. On here, you can search and fine threads over ribs and temp and do not forget to sign up for Jeff's 5-Day smoke course!

    BTW, what part of TN are you from?

  8. I live in Seymour, East Tenn. I hunt near the KY state line in Scott Co. That's where I took the boar I just tried took smoke.

  9. Mt. Juliet here bro. Hope I can help ya' in some way with your smoking hobby!

  10. Many thanks TN Bro, I've already learned quite a bit in the last 15 minutes cruising the board. Still got a bunch of questions, probably more now than when I started. Look forward to the help........
  11. Well add my name as a friend and I will help you in any way possible. Also, remember to take plenty of pics, regardless of quality, which we call qviews here. We can all learn from pictures and descriptions of recipes. Add them as a thumb and make sure that they are small enough (90K) or less. Lastly, I would recommend Jeffs rub and sauce recipe. Be assured, I get no residual for this comment, but I can attest to the greatness of the product.

    Go Vols!!!

  12. Welcome to smf.

    The force is strong in this one. lol.

  13. richoso1

    richoso1 OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Glad you found your way home to the SMF. Be sure and read up on the 3-2-1 method for ribs, lots of folks use this method. Just keep reading around this place, lots of great tips, experiences, and some good ol' laughs too!
  14. Just modded my verticle......I drilled holes in the bottom of the charcoal bowl, then set one of the Char-Broil smoker tents over the hole so the ash would't cover the holes... [​IMG] ...thoughts?
  15. Welcome to SMF Eric. You will find everyone here very helpful and friendly
  16. your motto [​IMG]
  17. cowgirl

    cowgirl OTBS Member

    I don't know how I missed this thread.
    A belated welcome to the forum! Nice smoker!![​IMG]
  18. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    By the way... welcome to the place.... saw other thread first....

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