I wanted to stop by and introduce myself and say thanks for such a great forum. I haven’t noticed any women on the forum so was a little hesitant to post, but what the hell … I’m going for it. lol
I just bought a masterbuilt 40 (2011 model year) at sam’s club. I’ve bugged my husband for years for a smoker and he always complained that cleaning it would be just another thing on his “honey do” list. Well, after researching electric smokers and reading tons of posts on this forum I convinced him he would not regret it. thanks to you guys I’ve got a new smoker and we both love it!
The next day after I seasoned it I cooked bone-in chicken breasts and a roll of sausage (I feel like too much of a newbie to call it a fattie … lol) and they were amazing. I used my bbq flavored rub, traeger mesquite pellets, and hickory twigs … set the temp for 275 and 2 hours. I’m in love with my smoker … the features are amazing and it worked perfectly! I do notice that the temp spikes a lot when the pellets kick in, but will just learn my way around that … I turned it down a few times and then back up … the hickory twigs don’t spike at all. I did call masterbuilt and have the smoker tray upgrade being shipped to me … thanks to the forum … and am hoping that will help with stabilizing the heat spike.
I’ve been using smoker boxes on my weber propane grill for about six years … cooking things at around 275 – 300 and have been really happy with it … other than the fact the smoker boxes only go for about an hour. I use my own wood from my property … pignut hickory, mulberry, oak, orange and tangerine. My husband bought the traeger pellets at the feed store …. he was curious … I have to say I like them so far.
I’m smoking a turkey (cut in half) on Friday … if I get the chance I will take pics. After the turkey is going to be a batch of mullet … then cold smoked salmon ... i smoked wings for dinner tonight! :) I am getting an amnps as soon as my husband is willing to spring for one! Lol
Sorry for the long post. here's some pics of my first smoke.