Hello, thanks for having me. So after many years of propane grilling I have switched over to cooking with charcoal. For now I just have a little portable charcoal grill, as I wanted to try it out without breaking the bank. After a few successful gos at grilling, this past weekend I decided to try my hand at smoking some sausages. I would say that it worked, although I feel it would have worked better on a full size appliance. Which leads me to some questions:
1. I am going to get myself a more suitable appliance for smoking on. The one I am thinking of is, http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/2/OutdoorLiving/BBQs/Smokers/PRD~0851013P/Masterchef+Vertical+Smoker.jsp?locale=en
In your opinion does this one look like a good starter smoker? I know that you often pay more for quality, but money is somewhat tight these days, so I want to keep some costs down. I have also seen a similar style Brinkmann for only about $40 more.
2. Getting a good fire going. What do you prefer and why, briquettes or lump charcoal? Which do you find easier to control temperatures with? How much do you use? And what times do you add more to keep it going?
3. Any good recipes out there? As I said I smoked some sausages, next I will try some chicken legs or maybe a fatty. How about wings? any recipes for those?