Newbie needs help

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by toekneemac, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Hi folks,

    I am new to smoking but read a lot about it.  I have a Bar-B-Chef offset smoker and cannot use it.  I have read about all the mods and have done so, but still am having trouble.  So, I seek more advice and tips from those willing.  My best BBQ has consisted of putting smoke on the meat in a smoker and then moving it into a gas grill where I can control the temps better.  I want to stop that and go more traditional.

    I live in Wildomar, CA but am a transplant from Chicago and am 38 years old.

    Glad to be here!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member


    Tell us a bit about the problems you are having.  I guess the biggest problem is temperature regulation.  What kind of swings are you having.  If you can stay between 220 and 250 you are at least in the ball park and will produce fine eats.  If you are having very large temp swings we just need to work a bit harder to get everything stable.   Let us know and we can help
  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

                                       [​IMG]   More info would help, I'm sure it's a simple problem that can be corrected with the knowledge of the SMF family [​IMG]
  5. I have a dumb question.  He say's "when the temp reaches 275-300 degrees"   Is that the temp in the cooking chamber or in the fire box?  I am leaning towards the fire box myself, but want to make sure because I have done the minion method before, and all it did was to light all the coals within and hour or so.  Certainly no 12 hour burn.  Perhaps I am doing it incorrectly?   Thanks.
  6. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    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!!
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hello neighbor and [​IMG]to SMF. Just down the road from you in Fallbrook.  Glad we are getting some more guys from the area 
  9. Sure I know Fallbrook.  Nice and close.  Thanks for the welcome.  This is a great site, with tons of info.  Just wish I could get some answers.  I am having a hard time with my offset mods and am tired of ruining food.  I want to enjoy.  To date, adding smoke in a smoker and finishing on the gas grill has been my best method.  People must be busy going back to work after the Holiday's.
  10. 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.
  11. Thanks for the welcome.  And pics?  How's this:


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