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Hello from King NC

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Hello Everybody,


I'm green on the smokin' scene.  I have never intentionally tried to smoke any food, and got interested by looking at building a brick smoker(http://www.ibiblio.org/lineback/bbq/wdh.htm).  I plan on retiring in a few years, and will have plenty of time to spend looking after the food. And I'm not sure this is the way I want to cook on not.  I think I like the project of building the most.


But until then, I'm going the try to learn how to do some cookin. As a matter of fact, my smoker MES 40 is being delivered from Sam's on Thursday.  I'm also planning on ordering AM NS in the near future.


What would you recommend for a newbie to cook on the first outing  I was thinking bout some ribs.  Do I need to "burn in" the cooker first?  Any help would be appreciated. 

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Hi Steven! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! Glad to have you here! You will find a lot of great people who just love to help each other!

Your MES should come with instructions on how to season it, I would just follow those. The AMNPS will be a great addition, it works GREAT with electric smokers, I just got one last weekend and am so impressed by it!!

First time smoke I would start with something easy like chicken or a fatty, lot's of great recipes and methods on here, just use the search bar at the top and you will find most anything you want to know. I would also suggest taking TulsaJeff's free 5 day E-course, it is really good and will teach you the basics and more:


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Hello Steven and welcome to SMF! Nice to have you join us! Congratulations on the MES40. That's what I own and I really like it. Season it per the instructions. I see you plan on ordering an A-MAZE-N product, which is a good choice with the MES for hot or cold cold smokes. You will need to get yourself a good thermometer so you can get the actual cabinet temperature. The MES is known for the actual cabinet temp being off from the display set temp, depending on what temp I'm smoking at, my temps are off anywhere from 5* to 25*. 


There's also an Electric Smokers section here on the forum that might interest you as well.

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Hello and welcome1.gifto SMF - glad to have you here - I agree, a chicken or fattie would be a great first smoke 

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