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Hello from CO

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Hi guys hows it going? 


I've been lurking around the forums (and drooling on Q View) for a while now and figured it was about time that I actually join.  I'm buying my first smoker tomorrow, and I've decided on the Red One.  (Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker and Grill) 

I've read the 5 day E course and learned a lot through reading about all of your success.  


I'm thinking of doing either a brisket (1.99/lb for choice at the local supermarket) or maybe a butt for my first smoke.  


I guess thats about it...


Any hints or tips would be appreciated.  


Thanks all


~ Andrew

post #2 of 23
Go for the butt as it is a very forgiving hunk of meat. Browse around the site for the recipe that sounds best to you. Good luck and welcome1.gif!
post #3 of 23
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Thanks for the advice DTcunni!


How do butts typically compare in price to brisket?


Maybe all the following questions belong somewhere else, if they do I apologize.  

I've read a lot about people having to mod their ECB's  are there similar mods that are necessary for proper operation of the electric version?  

I plan on adding a thermometer (probably a cheap candy thermometer from walmart) and some dampers.  


I was looking at a chefmate wireless grilling thermometer for about 17.99 and was wondering if anyone has experience with the product and whether its a decent unit.  





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welcome1.gif    Glad to have you with us!

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hello and welcome to SMF I also have a little brink very easy to use, I like to use it when I am doing smaller smokes

post #7 of 23

Welcome glad to have you here...

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welcome1.gif aboard Andrew.. Realyl doesnt matter what you start with, just pay attention to it all and WATCH your thermos. And make sure you calibrate them before using them...

post #9 of 23
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Thanks to all!


I can't wait to get started!


(picking it up this evening)

post #10 of 23

Welcome! Sounds exciting, welcome to what I'm sure will become a life long hobby.

post #11 of 23
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Calibrated my probe and its only +1 Woo!


Forgot to buy the candy thermometer  though >> whoops.

post #12 of 23

Welcome from your northern neighbor....where you live in CO.  I lived there for 7 years

post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 

In Fort Collins, where were you when you lived here?

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Welcome to SMF!  x 2 on Dtcunni, brisky's can be a little frustrating sometimes.  My wife has family in Ft. Collins, beautiful place, she has always wanted to live there.

post #15 of 23
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I am going to take your advice and do a butt, seems like a good place to start.  


I love it here, only been here about a year but its great.  

post #16 of 23

I lived at Mountain and Grant in Ft Fun for one summer, but most of my time was in Winter Park, I was on the ski patrol there

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Welcome aboard!


Good luck and good smoking.

post #18 of 23
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Thanks Venture!


So whats everyone's favorite cut of meat to smoke? (and eat i suppose...)

post #19 of 23
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Had another thought before I go pick up my smoker.  


What would be a good wood to start with. also for a beginner do you recommend chunk or chip?

post #20 of 23

Welcome CO Smoker, I'm just uphill from you a bit in Monument.  I am new to smoking myself with a new Trailmaster LE I'm figuring out.  Good luck on that first smoke drool.gif.  

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