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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Well, my name is Lonnie.  I just retired from the Navy after 20 years and am now living in Indiana.  Always wanted a smoker and now I got one.  I have a Masterbuilt Vertical LP Gas Smoker I purchased from Sears.  Don't know anything when it comes to smokers or smoking but this seemed like a good start.  I am hosting my house warming/welcome home party next weekend and it will be my first use.  Gonna make Smoked ribs and throw some burgers, sausages, and dogs on the grill.  I did do a cheater smoke in the oven once and it turned out awesome but I don't wanna be a cheater anymore.


Ok my first question.  Do I put the chips in the flame disk bowl underneath the water bowl?  I do know i will put the chips in perforated foil to avoid flame up.  Also, instead of water I will be using a 50/50 mixture of apple juice and apple cider vinegar (this is what I used when I cheated along with some liquid smoke to cheat).  After about 6 hours I plan on throwing them on the grill for a few and put some of my home made BBQ sauce on em.  BTW They will have a dry rub as well.


Any input is welcome.  My next venture will be a brisket.

post #2 of 22

Hey Lonzo, Welcome to SMF and thank you for your sevice..... Dont know about the smoker but i'm sure someone will chime in  soon.... Good luck with the welcome home party and dont forget to post some qveiw...............icon14.gif





post #3 of 22

welcome1.gif  Sorry I can't help with your smoker questions but welcome to the forum, you should find answers to most your questions from lots of really experienced people on here.  For ribs I usually do the 3 - 2 - 1 method and always have great success.



post #4 of 22


This site has tons of info.

I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

Have a great day!!!



      Make bacon the easy way!!



post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

Just signed up for the ecourse everyone keep talking about.  Will post updates regularly.

post #6 of 22

welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

post #7 of 22

Welcome to SMF!

 When you retired from the USN ,you got about as far from the water as you could.

post #8 of 22
Welcome to the SMF, and congratulations on your retirement from the, uh....Navy. :)

Thanks for your career in the service to our country!

Yes, you put the chips in the bowl underneath the water pan. Never been a ral fan about putting juices and things in the moisture pan, seems a waste. Water works just fine, maybe a chopped onion if you must.

The other day we had a nice request for help from another new member on ribs too. Personally, I don't like to rub and sauce them. The combo seems to overwhelm the good taste of rib. My family and I prefer one or the other....lets the meatiness come through. That's just opinion, though, and you do what you all like best.

Good smokes to you and hope your meal comes out fantastic!
post #9 of 22

welcome1.gif This is the right place to learn about all things edible.

post #10 of 22

Welcome aboard, Lonnie.


Lots to learn in this forum.  It will take time, but it will be a lot of fun, too!


Good luck and good smoking.

post #11 of 22

Welcome and thanks for your service and Welcome Home !!! 

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post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

OK so I know I'm new to this and today is my first smoke.  For my propane smoker how long it take to get the temp to 200-220?  I have 4 St Louis racks in there along with some tips and back.  Having trouble getting the temp up.  I have it on full blast.  been about 40 minutes or so.

post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 

LOL ok, lesson #1.  Do not put so much meat on the rack that the thermometer sticks into a piece of meat when the door is closed.  Will give inaccurate readings......I'm an idiot


post #16 of 22

Welcome To SMF Lonzo and thanks for your service. I have a Grandson in the Navy, he's a nuclear missile tech on a nuclear sub.

You will want to get a good digital thermometer, don't depend on the dial on the cooker, they are not accurate at all.

Good luck with the party and don't forget the Qview.

post #17 of 22

good morning, have you mad your dry rub for your ribs yet, and remember do not over power the ribs with to much smoke.

post #18 of 22

good morning, what mixer of dry rub are you using? also do not over power the ribs with to much smoke at first


post #19 of 22

we all have learned from our mistakes,lol

post #20 of 22

Welcome Lonnie!!


Congrats on your retirement from the, uh...Navy :)----And thank you very much for your service !!!


I know nothing about gas smokers, but I will help you as much as I can on other things you may run into, and ask about.


The only Dumb question is the one not asked.




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