Thanks for all the great information! I am currently in the process of purchasing a smoker as it is something that I have wanted to do for a while now. Is this the smoker you would recommend for an absolute novice like myself? If not, any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated. Also, what type of meat do you think would be best for a trial run? I am hoping to get a few smokes in before Thanksgiving so I can smoke a turkey. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated!
This is a very good smoker. If they have it, get the one that is a little larger so you do not have to cut briskets, ribs, etc in half. You do not need to soak wood chunks, but I do recommend you soak chips if you use them. I recommend smoking ribs for a first smoke. If smoking spareribs, use the 3-2-1 method (3 hours smoking, 2 hours in foil, 1 final hour unwrapped) at a temp between 230-250. If using baby back ribs, use a 2-2-1 method. Make sure you get a good thermometer. I recommend the Maverick ET-732. Most of all have fun and experiment!!