Smoking in the Mid East

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by massif, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. massif

    massif Newbie

    As in THE Middle East :)

    I'm from Jordan to be precise, but I lived in the US for more than 10 years between college and work before moving back home. There's very limited smoking meat action in this part of the world, but I can't exactly say that it doesn't exist. Actually, one of the very traditional ways of cooking whole lambs in this part of the world is to cook them in a completely sealed pit in the ground (after having lit the wood and let it turn to embers); it's called "Zarb". There are other techniques, I hear especially in Yemen, but I'm not entirely familiar with them. However, I think it's safe to say that the kind of smoking meat that is done in the US hasn't really gotten much exposure before and has only recently been making it onto the scene thanks to a few people who, like me, had experienced the great taste of smoked meat somewhere in the US and decided to bring it back home with them :)

    Anyways, I've already been reading and learning a lot from your forums, and I'm finally about to jump into having a smoker built for me by a local shop (we can't buy them here, and I have zero metal working skills :D), so wish me luck!

  2. mjeffcoat

    mjeffcoat Fire Starter

    great to have you onboard Massif.
  3. massif

    massif Newbie

    Good to be here, thanks!
  4. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Welcome, from southern Ohio, to the best forum on the internet if you are looking to learn how to BBQ/smoke/brine/cure/inject. Well you get the picture if you can do it to to something you put on a plate to eat then someone here has probably done it. Use the search bar at the top of the page and you will be led to the answer to most every question you can think of. If you don't find the answer there then just post it and someone will chime in with there opinion on the subject. What type of smoker are you planning on having built?
  5. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a sunny and warming back up East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

  6. massif

    massif Newbie

    Thanks Wolfman. Thanks Gary.

    Wolfman, I had decided very early on to go for a vertical smoker. At first, I was gonna go with gas (we use natural gas here), but then I decided what the heck I'll go for the full charcoal experience and the charcoal taste (we use lumps here). Eventually, I decided on a clone of the Backwoods G2 Fatboy with some little adjustments in size. I did a lot of research and already found more than one thread on these forums where people have built their own clones. I just finally found a good shop that builds ovens in town yesterday, and I spent quite some time showing the guy all the plans and giving him all the measurements. At first, he didn't believe the thing would work the way it's supposed to, and I had to explain to him that this wasn't some design that I had just come up with from my mind, and the thing would work if it's just built right, insulated well and sealed tight around the doors :p

    I did use that popular calculator for smoker designs that many people seem to refer to when discussing sizing, and the numbers were very close to what I had already come up with from just researching G2 Fatboy's specs and many pictures of the thing. The only major adjustment I did to my original numbers was the size of the firebox; it was almost 1/2 of the volume of the smoke chamber, and I knocked it down to a 1/3 of the smoke chamber (counting the volume of the water pan as well).
  7. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Sounds like you have a plan and have done your homework!!! Now the next thing to remember is WE LOVE PICTURES!! So take a lot of your build when you get it started!
    Keep Smokin!!!!!
  8. Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
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    Happy smoken.

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