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recommendations for my first smoke?

post #1 of 6
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Im about to smoke For the first time in a couple days and was wondering if any of yous have any recommendations on what to start with. I was think chicken wings, maybe some thighs and drumsticks since its cheap an easy, but not sure about the recipe or type of wood to use. I am using a brinkmann ecb.
post #2 of 6

Chicken is a good choice for a first smoke. It doesn't take long and is tasty. I am not familiar with the Brinkmann but if you can get the temperature between 300-350 it will give you nice crisp skin. I can't get the temperatures that high in my Bradley and cook the chicken unitl it is almost done and then finish it on my Weber grill to crisp the skin.


A pulled pork from a butt or shoulder is also a good first project for a longer smoke. It is forgiving and you know it is done when it gets to an IT of 200-205 and a probe goes in very easily. The downside of pulled pork is that you don't know how long it will take. Each one I've done is different. So, I usually cook it very early (even the day before) and reheat it to serve.


I'm sure you'll get a bunch of other great suggestions!



post #3 of 6

You can smoke a meat loaf, chuck roast isn't as thick and I believe cooks a bit faster.  Has enough fat in it that it can be forgiving.   You can get a partially or fully cooked ham and put it on the smoker for a couple of hours.  The added smoke really gives ham a great taste!

post #4 of 6

I would do ribs using the 3-2-1 method.  Can't go wrong.

post #5 of 6

So, would a beef brisket be too much for a first time smoking?

post #6 of 6

Ribs or pork butt can't really mess up either.

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