I'm new to the forum and new to smoking. I've always done fairly well with a grill, both gas and charcoal, and wanted to get into smoking. Went out and bought a Traeger Lil Tex Elite, 3 weeks ago, and immediately fell in love.
Started out with ribs, which came out good enough but with room for improvement. That improvement came about on my 2nd go around last weekend! Did some chicken, steaks, pork sirloins, and a brisket. Everything has been tasty. Started lurking around on the forum after only a few days to look for tips and hint (which I found...thanks btw). Now I have a list of more things I want to try.
Everytime I've fired it up (except for the steak night) I've loaded the smoker up to get extra for the freezer. The wife used one of the pork sirloins to make fried rice, and it was the best fried rice she ever made!!
I was a little nervous about trying a brisket, but my wife wanted one, so gave it a try last week using some of the tips I found here.
Rubbed it 24 hrs before, started it @ midnight on 180 and left until IT was 170 (12hrs almost to the minute), then into a foil pan with 16oz of 50/50 mix apple juice/water, and turned temp up to 225, pulled it out at IT of 200 (2hrs later), and let rest over night (6 hrs wrapped in towels, then uncovered until cool enough to refrigerate. Cut it up for dinner the next night! It was heavenly, definitely the best thing I've ever done on any grill!
Anyways, I'll be mostly lurking around, and maybe putting 2 cents in here and there until I get a little more familiar with what I'm doing. Just figured I better sign in here, "before" I have an emergency question