I just got my first smoker and in the instruction manual it says that before using it I need to Run it for about 45 minutes to 1 hour with some wood chips in the chip tray to season the smoker.
This is the selection of woodchips I have available:
Jack Daniel's Wood Chips
Sam's Smoker Chips Apple & Alder (Mixed together)
Sweet N Smokey Apple & Pecan (Mixed together)
Weber Wood Chunks available in separate bags: Apple, Cherry, Hickory, Mesquite, Pecan
Grilling Planks available in separate bags: Maple, Cedar
I have never operated a smoker and have little to no cooking experience, so any help in determining which of these would be the best to season my smoker with would be appreciated. I have read through the e-course and it doesn't say anything about seasoning your smoker for the first time so I'm not sure if I really need to do this or not?
For my first smoke I am doing a deer leg this coming weekend. The BEST smoked "deer leg" I had was about 25 years ago at a dog fight pit in Idabel, Oklahoma. You could smell it cooking from a mile away and it was probably the best meat I have ever had in my life (no it wasn't dog cooking, it was a deer leg). All I can remember about the actual smell was that it made my mouth water when i first smelt it. Real smokey smell. Not very helpfull i know, just need some direction here?
I was 11 years old and my grandpa took me to the dog fight's on Sunday afternoon while grandma was in church. I now no longer think dog fighting is even remotely OK but I was a kid back then and only wanted to go for the food :)