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Thread Starter 

Hi folks,


I am from the  Mississippi Delta and though I did not think I could be at my age, but I find myself a newbe to grilling.  I have always done the prep work for hubby but never more than steaks, hot dogs or hamburger for him or on my own till now.  After being alone for last couple of years I missed grilled foods.  I started looking at grills.  Not a gas grill person, though I have been told it would be easier and quicker for me.  I love fire. Plus where I live, bottle are very inconvenient to get filled. 


I recently purchased an offset small smoker/grill, thinking I can grill and smoke then realized I did not know how.  Also thinking that i could do hamburger and small stuff on the firebox side and smoke bigger stuff on the big side.  LOL I may have gotten too small a smoker grill, now that I have used it a few times. 


Started watching a lot of Steven Raichlen BBQ U and Primal Grill. Caught two full weekends of it.  Fired up my smoker and though I may not have done it right, it turned out a great rack of ribs 1st go, corn on cob, squash, onions and bake beans.   I put coals in the fire box and in 1/2 of the cooking side. 1st put the coals in the big side next to the fire box, did not like the way that was doing so I raked them over to the smoke stack drip drain side.   


The 1/2 chickens with sides came out great the next week.  I cook the whole meal on the smoker/grill  veggies and bake beans. LOL Now i am reading that I may not should have done that.  Doing a lot of research on net found this place as well as tons of advice and modifications for the smoker.  To the point I am more confuzzled than I was before.


Is there any reason I should not put fire in the main part of the grill?  I put my pot of bake beans on the grate in the smoker side, It is perfect for a 2 quart cast iron pot of bake beans.  But I need more rack space for direct grilling than the tiny fire box allows for my veggies.  


My goal is to smoke/grill enough meat and some times enough veggies for the bulk of the week each weekend so that I will eat in the evening instead of catching junk. 


I also have a small fire pit in my sitting area that I use a lot so I am looking for a grate that I can set on top of it for small meals.


Should I post this question some where else as well. 


Remember I love fire





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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!

You could post your questions in our "Charcoal Smokers" forum but it sounds like you are finding ways to make your smoker work for you, indirect smoke/heat for the meat and direct heat for your veggies. That's what it is all about, learning your smoker and making it work for whatever you are doing!
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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, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.



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Thread Starter 

Thanks folks,  I just got really worried when I started reading that you don't put coals in the big part. 

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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.


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Hi Kathrynn,


Thanks for the welcome.  I am cooking today this will be my 3rd big cook, just put the ribs on.  Should I post my picture to this thread or start a new one some where else?

post #7 of 7

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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