My basics - new to doing the smoking, but not to eating it - just picked up a Green Mountain Grill Jim Bowie model smoker at the advice of a couple of friends who have one. I have been interested in doing some smoking as I love to eat it, but sometimes just don't seem to make the time to actually do it - so now I'm in and looking forward to seeing where this will take me.
Got the smoker Memorial Day weekend, assembled it and did the "burn in" on the deck. Just the smell of the pellets smoking was incredible. Last weekend I did a 8 lb pork loin that I have been looking to make for a while - cooked it a bit hotter than I initially wanted to - 230° - but had friends coming over earlier than anticipated and wanted to get it done so we could take it out on our "Booze Cruise" to check out their new pontoon boat. I pulled it off the grill at 140° - wrapped it in foil and stuck it in a small Playmate cooler for 1/2 hour to rest and cut into slices - served with cheese and crackers and seemed to be enjoyed. I was pleased with the moisture and tenderness, but could have had some more smoke flavor, but I didn't expect too much cooking at that temp. There was about a 1/8" - 1/4" smoke ring around the edges. Also - I need to come up with a thicker rub, or rub thicker. I'll figure that part out.
For this Friday - I have a 10 lb pork butt I'm going to throw on. I'll start rubbing that tonight and leave it in the fridge tomorrow to throw on early Friday. I'll start another thread concerning questions I have about it - this is just my FYI.
About me - currently living in Louisville, building a house and moving to Bowling Green, KY. My smoker is on Norris Lake in TN and that is where the majority of the summer will be spent, the pellets burned, the food smoked and eaten - and numerous other things that have no place in Roll Call. I am somewhat of a Forum Junkie - relatively active (or lurking) on the MasterCraft Boat Forum, The Garage Journal forum, several Harley Davidson Forums, a Mustang Forum, a Polaris forum, Honda CBR900RR, four-wheeler and Accord forums and GM Truck forums - some much more than others, and now this forum. Needless to say, I utilize the internet for a lot of information and I am a purveyor of other people's knowledge. I may lurk or I may jump right in - haven't been here enough to figure that out yet.
I have already gotten some great information from this site and I'm looking forward to what I hope will be a long and mutually interesting relationship. We'll see where this goes.