First Smoke

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by raypeel, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. raypeel

    raypeel Meat Mopper

    I had my first smoking experence yesterday and need some help with a few things. I have the BBQ Grillware vertical propane smoker that several have purchase recently. I kept the temp between 225-240 (according to the built in temp gauge). I seemed to have problems getting very much smoke. You could smell it but not see it. I had the top vent open full most of the time. I noticed if I would open the door it would create more smoke so I'm thinking not enough venting from the bottom? Has anyone else had issues with this smoker or advice?

    Here's my results

    CS ribs (using 3-2-1) very good
    ABT were very good
    Fatty very good (my son said whoever came up with that is a genius)
    Turkey legs good (I had to finish in the oven)
    Chicken quarters good (cooked a little to long)
    Potatoes never got finished and had to nukem

    Thanks for any help,

  2. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As long as you are smelling smoke, you are ok. The smoke, when you do see it, is thin and blue. Depending where your smoker is it can be hard to see. If the food had a nice smoky flavor that was to your liking all is good.

    Sometimes the built in thermometers are not accurate. If it is removable you can check it in boiling water or a glass of water with a lot of ice.

    Congrats on a successful smoke!
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You'll want to get a "real" themometer. Do a search, there's several posts on quality and servicability of many available brands...

    And congrats...Yumm..i Do so love turkey legs!
  4. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Also remember that even if your thermometer is fine, it may be in a poor want to know what the temp is at the grate level that you are cooking on. If you have multiple levels, you may want to consider multiple thermometers or doing enough testing to know about what difference in temps you are getting between the levels.

    Good luck,

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