Total beginner from Manchester, England

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by shakeyjake, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. shakeyjake

    shakeyjake Newbie

    Hi folks. Just took in the delivery of my smoker today. Starting with the Brinkman and seeing how I get on. I've already read up on the mods for it and expect to drill some air holes in it at the very least. I'm already a keen cook, but I hope that smoking will soon become an off-shoot hobby. Only the Manchester rain can stop me!
  2. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    If you don't have a covered porch or other shelter that you can smoke under, you might want to devise a fireproof cover of some sort to protect it from the rain. Nothing worse than a perfectly brined butt that you can't smoke because of the rain. As I understand it, it rains a lot in England.
  3. shakeyjake

    shakeyjake Newbie

    Cheers. It rains even more in Manchester than most parts of England, so I will definitely consider something. As long as my wife enjoys the cooking I'm sure she give me the okay for a bit of DIY!
  4. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome from Canada, Jake.


    Sorry to be the one to tell you but smoking can be addictive and there is no cure!

    Welcome to the site, I look forward to your posts. Remember, we love pictures!

  5. Hello and welcome to the forum, from a sunny and hot East Texas. You will find lots of great information and good people here.

    Gary S
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  6. shakeyjake

    shakeyjake Newbie

    Cheers Disco, I can't wait to get started. I'll definitely put a few pictures up. I've already learnt a lot about mods from other people's posts, so hopefully I can give something back with my cooking knowledge.

    I think smoking will be the next big thing over here. I don't know anyone that does it but American and Canadian cooking shows are gaining in popularity all the time. I think the fact it's still quite low key is reflected in prices of smokers. The brinkman I bought cost me more than double what I've seen some North Americans say it cost them!
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Har! I hate to be the bearer of bad news. I was in England in April and it seemed to me that things there cost the same in pounds as they do here in Canadian dollars which means they were just about double after exchange. On the other hand, you guys have access to cheese, beef and pork of a quality that I only dream of here in the Canadian Rockies and at a good price. I wish I could have filled my suitcase but Canadian Customs would have had a fit.

    I always love it when we have new members from different places on the forums. They all bring a twist from their local experiences. I am sure we will be learning a lot from you.

  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
    Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
    because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
    Happy smoken.
  9. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Big welcome to our forum from New Jersey.. Smoking foods will become your addiction .. Like the rest of us ...
  10. shakeyjake

    shakeyjake Newbie

    Cheers guys. Much appreciated. Cured my smoker yesterday so I'm ready to go. Only thing stopping me is a storm named Bertha. Once Bertha buggers off, fingers crossed it stays dry and I'll be giving it my first shot!
  11. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I will be ready for any help you need
  12. Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

  13. shakeyjake

    shakeyjake Newbie

    Cheers folks. Been delayed by rain so I've not smoked anything yet (I've been looking at buying some sort of shelter) It's looking like it should be okay today and tomorrow though, so I'll see how I get on!
  14. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Welcome to the Smoking forum. You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have. Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right. LOL. Don’t forget to post qviews.

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