Brand new to smoking

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by lonzo, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. lonzo

    lonzo Newbie

    Well, my name is Lonnie.  I just retired from the Navy after 20 years and am now living in Indiana.  Always wanted a smoker and now I got one.  I have a Masterbuilt Vertical LP Gas Smoker I purchased from Sears.  Don't know anything when it comes to smokers or smoking but this seemed like a good start.  I am hosting my house warming/welcome home party next weekend and it will be my first use.  Gonna make Smoked ribs and throw some burgers, sausages, and dogs on the grill.  I did do a cheater smoke in the oven once and it turned out awesome but I don't wanna be a cheater anymore.

    Ok my first question.  Do I put the chips in the flame disk bowl underneath the water bowl?  I do know i will put the chips in perforated foil to avoid flame up.  Also, instead of water I will be using a 50/50 mixture of apple juice and apple cider vinegar (this is what I used when I cheated along with some liquid smoke to cheat).  After about 6 hours I plan on throwing them on the grill for a few and put some of my home made BBQ sauce on em.  BTW They will have a dry rub as well.

    Any input is welcome.  My next venture will be a brisket.
  2. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hey Lonzo, Welcome to SMF and thank you for your sevice..... Dont know about the smoker but i'm sure someone will chime in  soon.... Good luck with the welcome home party and dont forget to post some qveiw...............[​IMG]


  3. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]   Sorry I can't help with your smoker questions but welcome to the forum, you should find answers to most your questions from lots of really experienced people on here.  For ribs I usually do the 3 - 2 - 1 method and always have great success.

  4. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. lonzo

    lonzo Newbie

    Just signed up for the ecourse everyone keep talking about.  Will post updates regularly.
  6. smokinal

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

    [​IMG]    Glad to have you with us!
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF!

     When you retired from the USN ,you got about as far from the water as you could.
  8. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF, and congratulations on your retirement from the, uh....Navy. :)

    Thanks for your career in the service to our country!

    Yes, you put the chips in the bowl underneath the water pan. Never been a ral fan about putting juices and things in the moisture pan, seems a waste. Water works just fine, maybe a chopped onion if you must.

    The other day we had a nice request for help from another new member on ribs too. Personally, I don't like to rub and sauce them. The combo seems to overwhelm the good taste of rib. My family and I prefer one or the other....lets the meatiness come through. That's just opinion, though, and you do what you all like best.

    Good smokes to you and hope your meal comes out fantastic!
  9. [​IMG] This is the right place to learn about all things edible.
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, Lonnie.

    Lots to learn in this forum.  It will take time, but it will be a lot of fun, too!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  11. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome and thanks for your service and Welcome Home !!! 
  12. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  13. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  14. lonzo

    lonzo Newbie

    OK so I know I'm new to this and today is my first smoke.  For my propane smoker how long it take to get the temp to 200-220?  I have 4 St Louis racks in there along with some tips and back.  Having trouble getting the temp up.  I have it on full blast.  been about 40 minutes or so.
  15. lonzo

    lonzo Newbie

    LOL ok, lesson #1.  Do not put so much meat on the rack that the thermometer sticks into a piece of meat when the door is closed.  Will give inaccurate readings......I'm an idiot
  16. Welcome To SMF Lonzo and thanks for your service. I have a Grandson in the Navy, he's a nuclear missile tech on a nuclear sub.

    You will want to get a good digital thermometer, don't depend on the dial on the cooker, they are not accurate at all.

    Good luck with the party and don't forget the Qview.
  17. 15ft smoker

    15ft smoker Newbie

    good morning, have you mad your dry rub for your ribs yet, and remember do not over power the ribs with to much smoke.
  18. 15ft smoker

    15ft smoker Newbie

    good morning, what mixer of dry rub are you using? also do not over power the ribs with to much smoke at first
  19. 15ft smoker

    15ft smoker Newbie

    we all have learned from our mistakes,lol
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome Lonnie!!

    Congrats on your retirement from the, uh...Navy :)----And thank you very much for your service !!!

    I know nothing about gas smokers, but I will help you as much as I can on other things you may run into, and ask about.

    The only Dumb question is the one not asked.


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