Noob Meat Smoker

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by brentman0110, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    Hey folks! I am new to the site and just recently finished the 5-day ecourse. Wow! It helped so much. Actually, I became a smoker by accident. A few years ago I bought my stepfather a Brinkmann Smoke 'n Grill electric smoker just for shiggles. Unfortunately, he is more of a staunch grill man and never used the device. So, a couple of years later I asked to borrow it and it has been with me ever since. First, I smoked a turkey for Tday and then several chickens hear and there using mostly Mesq and Hickory. I had never read any guidelines on the proper techniques so let me tell ya....I had a lot to learn.

    My first complaint about the Brink is that it does not have a temp control, so that sucks. Secondly, I never knew how strong the wood can taste. Before coming to this site, I was smoking a 5-6 lb chicken or a 12 pound turkey using about 6-8 fist size chunks of wood and had so much smoke billowing out it looked like a damn steam ship! Long story short, I had everything in a 500 ft radius smelling like smoke, driving the neighborhood dogs crazy and my wife hated the taste. So, I had a slight learning curve...[​IMG]

    Anyway, I have finally learned to use less wood and even bought some apple wood from a nearby orchard. Seems they prune and remove old trees every year. I hear it is good for chicken.

    To conclude, glad to be here and look forward to learning more!

    Brent Burton
    Nashville, TN
    Brinkmann Smoke 'n Grill 'lectric smoker
  2. monstah

    monstah Meat Mopper

    Welcome to SMF! Glad to have you aboard!
  3. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum. [​IMG]
  4. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF ... you're lucky you didn't turn yourself and family off with the over smoked stuff ... glad it's all working out for you!
    We have a lot of fun and it tastes good too! [​IMG]
  5. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    Yeah, it was a bunch too smoked, but darn tender...[​IMG]
  6. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to SMF, Brent! Hanging out with the folks here will certainly improve your learning curve. Ask whatever questions you have cuz the people around here are always ready with answers.

    Glad to have you aboard.
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF!! [​IMG]
  8. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Brent: Good to have you on board. Very nice introduction. Makes us feel like we already know you. Always wondered why some members are so secrative and won't even give their names until prodded to do so.

    I think you have gotten past the sometimes most difficult part, that is getting the family to support you. Sounds like you are all set in that department.

    Post some pictures of yur next smoke. We always like to see Q-Views.

    Once again, welcome.

  9. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF and may you always keep your smoke thin & blue !!!
  10. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF, and hello from Canada , now put some of that apple to work and show us some q-view [​IMG]
  11. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome Brent, tons of great smokin info here. Keep comin round and enjoy.
  12. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF! That apple wood is a nice compliment to pork also, my favorite for pork in fact.
  13. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    Thanks all for making me feel welcome. I will probably smoke a Pork butt this weekend or next week and post some views. If I do smoke a butt, should I sear it first over a real fire or just plop that fugger in the smoker?

  14. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Heh... Welcome to SMF, and most of us have been thru rather..umm ... inauspicious early smoking sessons. But now you found the cure!

    You must seek the true Thin Blue
    Then your meats will not choke you!

    Heh... well, never claimed to be a poet. Err...well maybe once. Hah!
  15. flyin'illini

    flyin'illini Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    brent, welcome. lots of great info here. I use the same smoker and somewhere on the SMF there is info for adding a temp control.
  16. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Welcome Brent -

    Everyone had a learning curve - just stick around you'll be making them drool not run!

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