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post #1 of 10
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My husband and I are very new to smoking. First attempt right now. Any and all advice for future endeavors will be greatly appreciated. We're using a chargriller duel griller with attached smoker box.
post #2 of 10

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.


post #3 of 10
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!

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 #4 of 10

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!



post #5 of 10

Hi there, and welcome from another noob to the forum.


Before I even signed up, I read, read, read, and read some more in the various sections that interested me and did a search for many more topics. 

Choose something you want to smoke ( a pork butt is a great first smoke) read through a bunch of previous posts on the subject and then ask specific questions to get your best answers.  Not trying to sound snotty, but the regulars on here see so many questions from new folks that it's difficult to address generalities.


Keep us posted on your progress and cooks, and don't forget to post pics, lovingly referred to on here as Qview, or you will get this


post #6 of 10

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



post #7 of 10
Welcome to the forum. I only started smoking last fall and didn't have much success until I found this forum. There is so much information in the posts and the members are very generous with their experience. I suggest you post your projects with pictures and descriptions. You will get great advice and many suggestions. Disco
post #8 of 10
I have a char griller as well. Not the duel griller but the same barrel style with the attached smoke box. My barrel is bigger but it's pretty close to the same.

Without knowing what your smoking I can give you this basic advice for this product.

Babysit! Don't walk away for more than 15 minutes or your could see serious spikes/drops on temp.

There is no way of timing anything on most, if not all smokers so don't play that game. Don't read that someone smoked a brisket in 8 hours on your same smoker and just assume. Every piece of meat is different, and your particular smoker has a lot of temp variations. Use a meat probe and get your meat into the safety zone before pulling it off the smoker. Just because it looks done, doesn't mean it is.

Don't open up the barrel every 10 minutes! Smokers are a lot like crock pots, and when you open them up your releasing all your built up heat. Buy a decent meat probe and trust in that. If your like me at all, trusting in the meat probe is hard to do. Trust me though it works!

Easiest meats I leaned to smoke on the offset char griller were 3-2-1 ribs, and pork butt. Very hard to mess them up.

I also like to add some moisture to the barrel so I'll drink a PBR and cut the top off the can, and fill it with water. Some people use pans, or trays, but in my experience a 3/4 cut beer can has always worked. Plus around my house they are always available.

Good luck to you guys, and happy smoking!
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welcome1.gif to the SMF, the best BBQ site on the web.  Whatever you need to know about the fine art of BBQ you can find it right here, from recipes to technical knowledge.


One thing you need to know about us is that we like to see pictures of your creations and your gear.  We call it Q-View and its basically the Rules.gif!!!


So, don't just talk about your food, show it!  Otherwise you may get a gentle reminder, like this...


worthless.gif  or this...th_What_NO_QVIEW.gif



Good Luck and Get Smokin'

post #10 of 10

Welcome to the site.  Where in WNY are You?



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