I got an early Christmas present. A Masterbuilt XL propane smoker. I've been on the ropes about building or buying a charcoal smoker since about October. I have a sales rep. who has a MBXL and he told me all about it. So I started reading up on it and really liked what I was seeing. My parents were on me about what I wanted for Christmas so I just said I'm looking at this smoker. The rest was history, Mom purchased it at BPS and told me last week to get it ready and smoke 3 sides of baby back ribs for Christmas dinner. It's assembled and its a beast. I wanted to season it today but we got about 4-6" of rain last night and today. But tomorrow is looking clear but cold. I have a few questions.
1. The directions say to oil the inside of the door and the racks, put 2 cups of wood chips in and turn it on high. It should get to 400* in 30 minutes. Shut it off and re-oil the racks and door and run it again for 20 more minutes. Is there anything else I should do? I will have a cast iron skillet in the wood chip pan and using chunks vs. chips.
2. How soon can I start cooking? My first smoke will be some pork steaks and the wife wants them for supper tomorrow.
3. With the temps in the 30s I was thinking about putting the smoker in my yard shed to keep it out of the wind and elements. Its a 10x12 with a barn style gable roof. I would keep the door open but will I have any issues doing this? I also have a Maverick ET-732 so I won't have to baby sit it.
4. Wife has a boneless pork loin roast that she wants to do for Christmas day lunch. It is wrapped in that elastic netting to keep it together I assume. Is it ok to leave the netting on or should it come off?
Thanks in advance for any answers, or comments you have for me. I hope to get some qview but I am having issue with my photobucket account.
Edited by mazdaparts - 12/25/13 at 3:14pm