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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi all, I have just begun to try my hand at smoking meats. Today is my second time and I hope it goes better than my first. My smoker was a prize I won and I am certain now if I am going to keep on mastering my BBQ I will need a better one. It is a Brinkmann smoke'n grill. Vertical with a water pan. I just purchased a temp gauge because the one on the smoker says: warm/ideal/hot!!!! I did some ribs without an accurate gauge and they did not cook well at all though the flavor was good i could not get the meat tender. I have been making ribs indoors for years that my family loves. I have a really great spice rub down pat. Today I am trying 1/2 chicken a spatched with a rub recipe I found here. Wish me luck and thanks for all the great tips I have found here!
post #2 of 9

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.

David

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Yes this site is amazing I have been searching for tips for a long time here but now that I'm smoking and not using the oven I thought I should join.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Grrr, already having issues getting my temperature correct, it's too low there are no valves only a door and lid. I cracked open the door for flow but afraid I will lose flavor.
post #5 of 9

Welcome aboard!  You've found a great place for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  There is a charcoal forum where you can get some good tips for mods that'll make that Brinkmann a much easier rig to hold temps in.

 

Red

post #6 of 9

Welcome to the forum. Like you, I had limited success with my first attempts at smoking. It wasn't until I found this forum that I started to enjoy smoking. Everyone is very helpful and there is a ton of information in the postings.

 

I would suggest you dive in and post some pictures and a description of your project and you will get lots of help, suggestions and new ideas.

 

Disco

post #7 of 9
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!

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!

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 Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
post #8 of 9

Welcome for sure! The first couple of smokes can be a little nerve wracking to say the least. We have a new ECB (El Cheapo Brinkmann) Smokers group that I sent you an invite to join. There are quite a few long time ECB users and there are some great mods you can make to the Smoke N Grill that will have her smoking like a champ in no time. Welcome to SMF! 

post #9 of 9

welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

 

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!

 

Kat

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