My name is James, and today I was able (with wife's approval) to go out and buy my first smoker today, the Master Forge Double Door gas smoker. Skipped watching football to put it together and already "seasoned" it with its first burn in, and have to say nothing like smelling like hickory as you walk around the house.
I live the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and have been grilling foods for a few years now. Smoking has been one of things I have already wanted to try and finally I can. I think I will break her in tomorrow with something easy and "fast" like boneless chicken breast or chicken wings. For the weekend I got a 10 lbs bag of quarters I plan on doing, and for Thanksgiving surprising my folks with some good ol' baby back ribs.
My first question is what is a good wood chip to start out with. I have heard Hickory is a popular choice but it also is very strong, and I have heard mixed responses on whether to use it for chicken, and that is by far what I plan on cooking the most.
Thanks and look forward to smoking meats!!!