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Hello.  I recently got the urge to give smoking a try.  Bought some pork tips for my first experiment last week and added a whole chicken on the top grill halfway through the process.  It came out pretty good.  We use chicken to make dog food, but it was done right and not too dry when I tasted it.. 


I read where it was possible to use a barbeque, but that didn't work well.  I think the temperatures varied too much even being propane.  The small amount of water in the pan holding the chicken held out, but the much larger pan of water for moisture dried out quickly at the end.  That's why I think the temps varied.  The rub recipe I used was decent, even using sugar & molasses instead of brown sugar. And I didn't have wood chips, but this was mainly an effort to see if I needed a smoker.  I sure do. 


We're rural so I couldn't run into town for chips, and we only have Ponderosa Pine and Aspen for miles around.  I read that the pine doesn't work, but can't find anything on Aspen, even on that SMF link I found on a thread below.  Can I use that?  If so, is it strong, because I'd like to at least begin with milder woods. 


I've ordered a Masterbuilt 20070910 Digital Electric and some cherry & apple chips.  Scheduled arrival is the 5th.  I think that model number will let me replace the heating element without buying half the smoker.  It's in the upper 50s today, late July, so I picked this model for its insulation as it will often be well below 30 on our deck and many reviews of smokers say they won't hold temperature at cool temps.  Any comment on my choice will be appreciated. 


I'm going to have a whole lot of questions and look forward to getting good answers here.

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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 Articles 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!

You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 


We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a kindle, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.


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 and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per Jeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!


If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!



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Hello and welcome , Cekkk. Glad to have you and hope you stay and call us Family , and Home for all your BBQ needs.biggrin.gif


Here's an address for some AMAZN Products , this will solve your Wood choice worries.


Have fun here and as always . . .

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Welcome to the forums!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly and knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Just holler when you need anything, and someone here will have the answer.


I've never heard of smoking with aspen, I would research it carefully before cooking with it...there are many wood types that are not safe for smoking food.



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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.


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