Hello all, my name is Paul and I'm from upstate New York in the Catskill Mountains.
I've never smoked anything, except the duck I tried to cook on the spit in my barbecue... smoked that one really good... by accident...!
I love ribs... pork ribs, baby back ribs, beef ribs... all of them. But I have not had much luck in the "fall off the bone" department using the oven or the barbecue grill (they usually turn out "tear off the bone...), so I decided it's time to try a smoker. I had a bunch of reward points on my Sears card so I used them on a Masterbuilt Vertical LP Gas Smoker. I assembled it, ran through the pre-conditioning burns, but have yet to put any meat in it. One thing bothering me is the fact that I can not get it to run any cooler than 275 degrees. Gas is set as low as it will go, and I have tried every conveivable combination of vent open/close combinations. Can not get it to run at 225.... I am going to look around to see if I can find a more precise LP gas regulator that will let me set the flame lower. If anyone know of one please let me know.
I have already picked up a few good tips off this forum, like using a cast iron frying pan for the wood chips so they don't catch fire like with the tray that came with the unit, that worked good. Reading more in this forum also makes me wonder just how accurate the thermometer is that came with the unit and installs in the upper part of the door. Will be looking for a good accurate thermometer also.
That's it for now... Happy Smoking to all...!!