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Hi All, I have had success in the past with indirect smoking but without a smoker that had a separate firebox. Just purchased the Wrangler Smoker from Academy for July 4th cookout.  I like the challenge of that method over the egg / komodo cooker style as a consideration.  Now I'm looking to improve on my skills in smoking a variety of meats for consistency and excellence in flavor and smoke.


I live South of the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex and another area of experience I'm looking to improve is on what the differences are in the various wood types to cook with.  One of my local BBQ joints uses Hickory exclusively for its slow and consistent burn rate.  I've used oak and mesquite in the past but never anything from a fruit flavor.  BBQ Pitmasters resently touted that fruit woods were the best.  Only thing available to me around here that I've seen so far is Apple at twice the cost of anything else so wasn't sure if it was really worth it or not.


Anyway, looking to benefit from your experience on many levels to facilitate a rapid improvement in my efforts.





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welcome1.gif to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Would you mind updating your profile to show the other SMF members where you are located?  Just might meet a few neighbors!


If you didn't read the Terms of Service notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums. Rule #11......"Off Site Links are not allowed here at SMF" is something new. There are other simple guidelines for all of us to remember as we interact here.


If you need any help roaming around here in SMF....just give me a shout.  Happy to help any time!



Edited by KathrynN - 7/11/13 at 12:52pm
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Hi Steve! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!


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!


We have an <a href=>Articles</a> section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!


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!


You might want to check out <a href=>Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course</a>, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!

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Howdee Steve, being from South Louisiana my smoke of preference is Pecan. When I do a hard smoke hickory or mesquite are great, Mesquite is #1 from my time living in West Texas. Usually I use the hard smokes for brisket and butts. And the lighter smokes for everything else. I like apple on my bacon, and Corn cob has a beautiful color. But to me its all about pecan.


Just a suggestion, keep notes so you'll remember what did and didn't tickle your fancy. Its a shame when for some silly reason you miss some time smoking and then can't remember where you were, or smoke that perfect smoke and can't remember what you did to get it. Like I said, just a suggestion.


Welcome to the boards, its a great place with great folks all willing to help.


Have fun, remain inspired, and enjoy the smoke.


Welcome to my addiction.

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Howdy Neighbor.. I live up in arlington... welcome to the forum!

Im a mesquite guy myself.. for one its everywhere.. and i like the bold smoke flavor. And alot of times I can find it free.. but like you apply and cherry are about the onky thing to buy at the box stores other than the normal woods. If I ever run across someone selling bulk wood..specially in the outer countys like your in ill take a mental note and let ya know! Welocme again....

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Welcome to the forums, Steve! Glad you've joined us. You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food! There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another. Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!

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A lot of people use oak for heat the other wood for flavor.

Happy smoken.


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