Hi everyone. I just moved into a new home with a big back yard that is deserving of great BBQ- so I bought a smoker and I'm ready to take the plunge!
I've been grilling for years and I like to proclaim my 'grill skills' can match up with anyone's. But, smoking? I must say that I'm a bit intimidated. I've already started learning about wood and heat and temps and times, but it just seems there is a ton of variables. I can also see myself getting obsessive over this stuff and the missus having to step in.
So, two days ago, we were at the grocery and I happen to pass by a nice looking 6 lb brisket at a decent price. I say to my wife, "This would be awesome to break in the smoker with" expecting her to tell me to put the brisket back. Much to my surprise she says, "Great idea and grab that family pack of chicken thighs too!"
Before we had even reached the checkout line, she had confirmation from her ENTIRE family that they were coming over for Saturday's BBQ!!!
Like 15 people! I'm like "Honey, this ain't about flipping burgers and timing the steak, I could really screw this up!"
Fast forward two days later, and I'm sitting here the night before the big day a little freaked out. I've relied heavily on this and other forums to learn as much as I can, and I have a plan in place:
The brisket is already rubbed and will be on the smoker by 8 am, chicken thighs will get rubbed tomorrow and be on the smoker by 1 (gonna pull the chicken for sammies), and the sausage kabobs can go on by about 3:30. Hoping (praying?) that everything is ready by 5. The smoker is gonna be crowded there for a bit towards the end, but ... this is the plan
Gonna use charcoal and hickory and try to keep the temp at 250-275 and the lid closed! (I'm a looker!)
OK, that's about it...I'll post the results and pics in the general forum and thanks for all of your help so far!