Smoke in MN2

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by smoke in mn2, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. smoke in mn2

    smoke in mn2 Newbie

    Hi, another "newbie" to smokin'. This one from MN! (real name's Nancy)

    Greetings :) I've been grilling for years and have always wanted to learn how to do smoking. So after seeing a show on TV about the different methods of smoking and seeing how in one they used a wooden box for a smoker, I had to try it!  I decided it would be cheaper to build one out of wood then to buy one. So off went to Home Depot. I got it made, using electric hot plates for my heat source. I was wrong about the "cheaper" part! After all the time, work and cost, I think it would have been cheaper to just go buy one. But then what fun is there in that? This way I got bragging rights!

    I must say I was surprised at how well it worked. (didn't burn the garage down or anything!) Of course I had to do ribs first. I had trouble getting the temp where I wanted it, so after about 4 or 5 hours of smoking I wrapped them in foil and finished them in the oven. WOW! Fall of the bone fantastic! Next I did a pork picnic roast to use for pulled pork. Same problem with the temp, although it was a little better, but still had to finish in the oven to get the internal temp to 200 degrees.

    That is when I discovered this web site! AWESOME! After reading lots of blogs and articles, I learnt about "heat sinks" and the roll the water pan plays.

    Next I did a turkey. It was bigger then recamended so I cut it in half and  brined it over night. I filled a 2 qt pan with small rocks and wrapped it in foil. Then I took a 8" round foil pan and put water in and set it on top of the pan of rocks. (first 2 times I had the water pan directly on the heat and it boiled off right away) Turned on the heat and in about 30 or 40 min I had heat at 220. I also put the turkey in the oven FIRST at 350 for 30 min to take the chill off it. My temp stayed pretty steady between 220 and 240 the whole time till turkey reached 170 internal heat. Results? A very moist and flavorful smoked turkey.

    I'm hooked! Thank you "Smoking-Meat". You have become my new favorite web site. :))

    Can't wait to smoke again!
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Nancy, glad you joined the SMF family

    This is the best "smoking site" on the net!

               [​IMG]   to SMF
  3. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome aboard Nancy...
  4. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Welcome aboard! do you have pictures of your smoker build?
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, Nancy!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF Family...We are proud to claim, " Some of the Best Lady Smoker's in the World " as part of our Q Crew!...JJ
  7.   Welcome to the forum, Nancy. It's good to hear someone be so enthusiastic. I'm sure you will be making

    top quality Q in no time. Every mistake teaches you something and it usually still tastes pretty good.

  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome Nancy,good bunch here and lots of knowledge-from experience- and always some great views that will make your mouth water.

    Have fun and interject anytime you feel like it,input is good.[​IMG].  

    Have fun...

    Stan    aka    oldschool
  9. smokinal

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

    [​IMG]     Glad to have you with us!
  10. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]How about a picture of you build.
  11. Welcome to SMF Nancy. Always good to have a new "lady smoker" on board.

    There is plenty to learn on this forum and a whole bunch of nice folks to help

    along the way.

    Qview is a must... lol

    Again, welcome.

  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome Nancy to SMF. You'll like this place for there are alot of folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. You will find alot of good recipes and techniques here also. so with all that said:

    Welcome to your new Addiction
  13. Welcome Nancy. Where abouts in MN are you? Im near St.Cloud.
  14. smoke in mn2

    smoke in mn2 Newbie

    Burnsville, MSP sub
  15. Welcome to the forum Nancy (from a former Minnesotan).  Tons of info and before you know it you'll be smokin' up a storm even in the dead of winter!!  

  16. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  17. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Welcome to SMF Nancy!! Lots of good help should you ever need it! Friendly people, lots of info. Enjoy and good luck!  Pretty impressive to build you own.  You might be able to teach some of the guys (me) a thing or three.  Have fun!
  18. smoke in mn2

    smoke in mn2 Newbie


    This is my "Smoke Box"! Pretty primitive, but surprisingly, it seems to work like a charm! The small door at the bottom is to access the heat controls.


    The whole front opens to access the smoking chamber, wood chip pan, heat sink and water pan. Adjustable air vents

    on both sides. One side they are up high and on the other side they are down low. I use digital thermometers for chamber

    air temp and for internal meat temp.


    The box is big enough for 2 slabs of ribs, a lg pork shoulder roast, or a large turkey. Aprox. 27 wide x 24 high x 16 deep
  19. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  20. please tell me that the other side of the box doesnt have just 1 hole in the middle, lol!   Nice setup Nancy!


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