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After going through a lot of good information on this site and various others I just purchased my first smoker.  I decided to go with the WSM 18.5" smoker.  Had a minor set back the day before it arrived, dislocated ankle.  Hopefully can walk around soon to season it and then start smoking.

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Hi Jerod! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 45,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 900,000 posts describing it!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

Would you do us a favor and add your location to your profile, it helps others to know where you are when they offer advice, Thanks!

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Yea I took signed up for the emails a few weeks ago.  Learned a lot from them and just browsing the website and this forum.  Really excited to start smoking.

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Welcome to the forums, Jerod!  Glad you joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastime...Smoking and Grilling great food!  Lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another.  I'm sorry to hear about your ankle. Bad timing with a new smoker to break in!  Just ask when you need help and you'll get plenty.


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welcome to this forum jerod.WSM 18.5" is a good brand i like it also

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you decided to join us! Hope the ankle gets better soon!


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post #7 of 12
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Doin my first real smoke today. Got some baby backs, St. Louis ribs, beef ribs an a small pork shoulder

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Glad you joined us Jerod, welcome1.gif from North Dakota!
The ankle must be feeling better, nice to read you got in your first smoke!
post #9 of 12
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Thanks..... ankle is better now, but goin for surgery tomorrow so i had to get a smoke in before that.
I think i loaded the smoker with too much meat.  I smooked 4 racks of ribs with a rib rack on the top and some beef ribs and the pork shoulder on the bottom rack.  Smoked for about 6 hours and still not ready, but people were antsy since i told them it would take about 5 hours.  so i pulled off the St louis ribs which were smoky but not as tender as i was hoping, same with a few of the beef ribs.  The Babybacks and the other beef ribs and pork shoulder i left on for another 2 hours and they came out really good. Still not as tender as i was wanting, which could partially be due to the fact that i had a lil trouble keeping the temp consistent for the first 1.5 hours.  I used apple juice spray 2 times during the smoke.  Next time i am gonna try to put a lil sauce on them.  
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Good luck with the surgery.  Can't "see" your q-views...most folks will want to look at them here...and not have to go elsewhere to see them off site.

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Hope this works

post #12 of 12

Looks great. wish you well. glad you joined the group.

Happy smoken.


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