hello from UK

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by bbqbryan, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Hello,

    I am originally from the hills of NC, but have lived over in the UK for 20+ yrs. ( Live outside of the Original Boston Lincolnshire) Was visiting family a few months ago, and was taken to a BBQ shack in Blairsville,  North Ga.  Jims Smokin Que.  What a step up from the rest, good proper BBQ and I was hooked... 

    I have been working with food all my life, since the young age of 16, my first job...washing dishes, and now still work in food here in England...

    I did my first long and slow Pork shoulder this weekend, man it was mega tasty, super moist, WOW..

    I am learning, and I am sure I will ask loads of questions...Please bear with me...

    .I an looking to get a little offset  smoker, not sure which is best to get, I am looking at Amazon... You advise would be appreciated..!!

    BBQbryan, was all I could think of...


    Bryan N
  2. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Bryan , Welcome to our "Family" and "Addiction"

    Plenty of good folk on here, ask any questions you can think of, and you will get your answers.

    Please take time to look at the UK Smokers Forum,


    And introduce your self on the UK Roll Call


    It's a shame you did not find us earlier, we have just had our UK Smokers Weekend at Woodhall Spa!

    It was a fantastic weekend with new comers and experienced smokers altogether cooking, chanting and enjoying good food

    Smokin Monkey �
  3. smokewood

    smokewood Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Hiya Bryan, 

    Welcome to the forum, there are plenty of fantastic people on here with a wealth of knowledge, and some of them are even in the UK !

    I think Smokin Monkey has given you the links above to the UK Smokers Group which is geared up for fellow smokers this side of the pond.

    Do find time to have a look at the UK forum where there is a great group of fellow smokers with a huge amount of experience & talent on your doorstep.

  4. thanks for the info.  I will redo the roll call...

    You know what..?  I live about 15 minutes from Woodhall Spa...man what a shame...

    I did a pork shoulder the other night, well all night....lordy it was good... we ate it all in one night!!

    Bryan N
  5. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Bryan. Welcome to the forum. U used to work in the US a lot and have had some great dives off the NC coast from near Wilmington.

    It was a pity that you missed the weekend, being so close, however we are already starting to plan next years.

    Congratulations on the pulled pork - I am glad it turned out well for a first try. You say that you are looking for an offset smoker now so what did you smoke it in?

    Are you certain that you need an offset? What are you expecting to want to smoke. It may be that a kettle or a bullet smoker would be a better fit for you.


  6. Good morning Wade

    Thanks for getting back... ya I must say, I forgot how good the south really is, I know over here the news gives it a kickin.

    Man I do wish I would have made it to Woodhall Spa...where is next yr going to be...Have you been to Grillstock??

    The pork came out better than I thought...I could say it was my first go, but it wasn't a couple of weeks before, it was so bad it went straight in the bin.

    I am going to need and get something soon, as my ole bullet smoker is showing a few signs of age...I have a massive weakness for racks of ribs, and I have bunches of family members that have the same weakness..but so far I am keeping with my little bullet smoker...I have a camping trip this weekend...debating if I will take the smoker with me....

    what smoker do you have??

  7. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Bryan, it will be at Woodhall Spa again next year, Dates to be confirmed, but will be around the same time.
  8. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Next year will almost certainly be at Woodhall Spa again. It is a pain for both me to get to (from Kent) and for Ewan (from Scotland) but it is fairly central for the majority of us.

    Yes I went to Grillstock Bristol and had a great weekend. There was good music and some great food there - but also some not-so-good food too. One thing that you notice when you go to events like Grillstock is that almost all of the competition quality food is cooked on either bullet smokers or kettles. There are also some of the bigger commercial smokers too. Unless you are planning to cook in quantity then you may find buying a cheap offset smoker a bit of a backward step. You may want to take a look at a ProQ or WSM bullet smoker that is larger than the one you currently have.

    Let us know how you smoked the pork - both the good and the bad. It is something that you can get a lot of hints and tips on from here moving forward. You will be able to build upon the bits that went well and improve the bits that didn't.

    I have a variety of smokers. 2 x Weber 57cm, 1 x Weber 67cm, New Braunfels Bandera, a custom build stainless steel offset smoker, a Davy Crockett pellet smoker, a couple of gas BBQs (mainly for food warming) and almost an FEC-120 commercial pellet smoker. I have cooked on a number of other smokers too, including the ProQ and WSM.

    One think I would recommend you buy at the same time is a good dual probe digital thermometer as temperature control is one of the most important factors when smoking low-and-slow. Something like a Maverick ET-732 or 733.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2015
  9. I have a Brinkmann gourmet double smoker..had it for years, not only do I smoke, but any grilling, it works a treat!

    I bet a Beercan chicken would be sweet as a nut in my little smoker..

    My brother back in NC has an off set smoker, he is a bit fanatical about it, but saying that, his bbq is very tasty...

    The bbq sauce that we had in Blairsville was different than anything I have ever tasted... that in a good way...

  10. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The end taste is only 20% down to the smoker and 80% down to what you do with the meat and how you smoke it. Just by buying a new offset smoker is unlikely to make it taste similar to your brothers. You are also likely to find the offset smoker (especially a low end one) will be much harder to cook with. I am not trying to stop you from buying an offset but I am just trying to set expectations that it may not be the most important factor in giving you the flavour that you are looking for.
  11. Wade,

    Yep I agree whole heartily, if u start with crap you end up with crap...plus I am not a fan of wasting money for wasting sake...that's for sure....
  12. [​IMG]   Good evening and welcome to the forum, from another hot, day in East Texas and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.


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