Smoking In Surprise

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by jeffnliz, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. jeffnliz

    jeffnliz Newbie

    1st time poster and noob smoker.

    I live in Az and got my 1st smoker ( a masterbuilt) for X-Mas

    have had a blast so far (some success and some failures) but I never say die.

    I see so many posts/receipts/guides and never know which ones to believe. found this forum and figured I'd see what others like me have to say

    best so far was the pictured pork butt I did for 15 hours with applewood chips and a kicked up brine. the bone fell out as soon as I touched it. worst was 1st attempt at ribs, to much rub and not enough soak on the chips.

    I hope to gain some insight and maybe pass on some wisdom (way down the road)

  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board, Jeff! Yep it can take a few tries but every failure is a lesson. Many here recommend running a log book so you can duplicate what works well.

    What part of AZ are you in?
  3. [​IMG]   Good morning and welcome from a cloudy and warm day in East Texas and the best forum on the internet, Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything. Glad you joined up.

  4. jeffnliz

    jeffnliz Newbie

    Surprise area is where I hang my apron LOL

    thanks for the welcome.

    I hope to show many successes and few defeats in the future
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome Jeff.

    Most find it a bad thing to soak chips when using them in an MES.

    I got a funny question for you:

    Is it my imagination, or do you have your racks wrapped in foil??

    It looks like that in the picture, when I look through the window in your door.

    If it is----That's not a good thing to do---It blocks heat & air flow.

    One more question:  Where is your control box???

    Last edited: Jul 4, 2015
  6. jeffnliz

    jeffnliz Newbie

    That was a picture from day one, I had just unwrapped this huge box that had been staring at me for weeks leading up to Christmas morning.

    I was so stoked I took the picture before removing the protective wrap on the grates and installing the controller.

    this was Christmas Turkey, my 1st attempt at smoking and it came out perfect.

  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    I feel better now!!


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