A whole new world

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by bode124, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Hey everyone!

    Brand new to the smoking business - my girlfriend just bought me this Masterbuilt vertical smoker for Christmas, and I loved it initially, and then totally hacked my my first slab of ribs.  Thankfully, I found this forum and it saved me - thanks to all of you!  My first set of ribs was totally overdone and made me realize that my thermometer was truly a P.O.S. and that I was totally clueless.  Next I smoked a whole turkey and then I pulled it a little too soon but there was still a lot of good meat.

    Finally,the third time I absolutely perfectly a cooked a gorgeous pork shoulder.  I wanted to slab the whole thing between two pieces of bread it was the best thing I ever tasted!  The tin foil in the pan totally saved me and now I have a cast iron pan to try out this weekend after I make some modifications to the unit (wheels to attach, a grate for the top, and some sealing and swapping of materials.

    I have a few questions to ask and wondered if anyone could help:

    1) I notice this unit is not sealed too well with smoke coming out of the doors and basically anywhere it can - Does anyone seal around the gaps like where handles are, or the thermometer, in addition to around the door?  if so, what have you used?

    2) I am in the market for a more accurate thermometer (even though i think i figured out my P.O.S. thermometer now), and have seen some previous recommendations that are helpful.  My question is does anyone know of any good thermometers that sync with a smartphone and send alarms when temps get too high?

    3) When ramping down the smoker after the shoulder I tried my hand at a batch of almonds and gouda.  The gouda did real well although I left it alone a bit too long, but the almonds were not ideal.  The smoke flavor was great but I think the almonds were still a bit too raw and not that oily deliciousness I was hoping for.  Has anyone had success with nuts/almonds and what temps/time did you use?

    Thanks for the help everyone, I have truly learned that so much of this is trial by error.

  2. Mike [​IMG]

    I see this is your first post. When you get a chance will you drop by roll call so everyone can give you a proper SMF welcome?

    Happy smoken.

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