Hello from Northampton, UK

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by vic rattlehead, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. Hi guys/gals. A couple of months ago I needed a new, bigger bbq for a party for 50 guests so went for something I've never had before - a smoker bbq. Ended up buying an Azuma Barrel Smoker (which I've since found out isn't the best style of smoker bbq I could/should have got) - but hey, a bad workman always blames his tools, right?? :)

    I didn't smoke for the party but am looking forward to doing some smoking soon, so am glad to have found a forum where there are knowledgeable and friendly people to help me along the way. Hopefully in time I'll be able to offer my own advice and tips to others.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014
  2. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Vic. Thanks for joining. Once you get to know its individual quirks no BBQ needs to be a bad BBQ. They may not all be good all-rounders however they will usually have their own niche.

    The Azuma will certainly be good for cold smoking and should also be fine for most other BBQ too. You just need to learn how to regulate the cooking temperature inside. When you first use these types of BBQ the tendency is to get a nice raging fire going in the fire box - then wonder why the meat comes out incinerated on one side. Use a relatively small fire and learn how to control it using the air vents to give consistent cooking temperatures between 110C and 180C and you should be able to produce as good BBQ on it as well as anyone.

    The first thing to invest in though is a good twin probe digital thermometer so you know exactly what the BBQ is doing. The Maverick ET-732 is a good inexpensive all-rounder.

    There are a few regular members on here from your general area. Post any questions you like and we will be happy to help where we can. You will also have the combined knowledge of the US smokers on here to help out too. I hear they BBQ a little over there as well sometimes [​IMG]  
  3. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The lower end temperatures will be used for pulled pork, ribs, brisket etc whereas the higher end temperatures are good for things like beer-can-chicken and standard roast joints.
  4. 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!


  5. Thanks Wade and Danny. I'll read through the posts for tips and inspiration. Updates on progress to follow...... :)
  6. Cheers!!   Welcome to the group from Sunny San Diego!!!

  7. Hello and good evening from East Texas, welcome to the forum. Lots of great information and real good people here.   

    Gary S
  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.

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