new smoker finally here

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gberger, May 1, 2014.

  1. gberger

    gberger Fire Starter

    I have gotten tons of great advice from the people in this forum.

    For that I am very greatful. Well , the big day is here, my new masterbuilt electric has arrived!

    Now I need suggestion of what I should smoke 1st. Please keep in mind I have NO experience smoking anything. Any suggestions would be great.  (the more detail the better)


  2. Hello and welcome to the fun.  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.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  The trial and error method works well.  We will try to help you keep the errors to a minimum.  We look forward to your contributions.  I will assume you have seasoned your smoker and sealed every leak you can.  I always advise the same with this question.  Chicken leg quarters and maybe some burgers with just salt and pepper.  Easy to do and cheap to buy.  I know!  I know!  You have been reading for weeks, now have your smoker, you are ready to get started and this idiot says chicken legs and burgers??  WHAT??  The first few smokes are about learning to control temps in YOUR smoker.  Each one can be different.  If that first smoke burns, the dog gets a good meal.  If it ain’t done, finish it in the oven.  Little money lost and with luck you still get a good meal.  TEMP CONTROL!! IS THE KEY!!  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

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  3. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome, glad ya joined us !
  4. chestnutbloom

    chestnutbloom Smoking Fanatic

    Season your smoker first. Just follow the instructions in the manual. Chicken parts are probably the easiest to start with....[​IMG]
  5. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Greg

    Probably doesn't say a whole bunch about what class this rig pig is in, but I gotta tell you that I just love smokerd burgers.  I just add a package of cheapo dry onion soup mix, some of Jeff's rub and fire up the smoker.  Like Danny said, the worst thing that can happen is you lose a couple of bucks and the dogs will love you forever. LOL

  6. averagedave

    averagedave Fire Starter

    brew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nice job on the icons man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. averagedave

    averagedave Fire Starter

    go gitta digital thermometer immediately . totally agree with KC. Find a good one and use it.

    In addition, if you decide to use the old time probe type thermometer, You can check the accuracy by making a glasss of ice water Mostly ice

    See if   the probe temp reading makes it to 32-34F........if that works, you probably have a  reliable gauge. This is how  the HVAC industry checks temp gauges for accuracy GOOD OLD ICE WATER  

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