Hello folks, my name is John and I just bought my first smoker. It's a bullet propane 7in1 unit from cabela's and I'm excited to start smoking with it. Since my visit to Texas last summer I've been craving BBQ done right. Our BBQ here is terrible, mushy ribs slathered in bbq sauce with no texture or flavor.
Anyways previously I have been smoking on my natural gas grill with some success, half the grill removed with a water pan and chips in place. I made a decent pork butt and ribs that my roommate loved and surprised myself with the results. I was tired of having to babysit a grill so much though as it was a whole day sitting beside that thing fiddling the knob.
I've got a tall order, I'm having friends over for a meal this weekend. I promised them some good BBQ now I have to deliver, a bit of stress since this will be the first time smoking with this grill.
I need some suggestions of easy and tasty recipes I can make, I will have all of saturday to smoke and dinners at 7. I need to feed about 10 people I'm thinking of doing a couple of briskets, a small pork butt, and couple racks of st louis ribs. Sort of a sampler meal. Fixins I am thinking for simplicity sake a smoke mac n cheese with bacon, baked potatoes, and perhaps a slaw if I have time.
I've never cooked for a large group, usually I cook for me and my roomate and we freeze the rest. The last 2 full racks of ribs I did were gone in minutes though. So, any tips on how much meat to buy? I am looking to keep the meal cost around $10 a head.
Any tips for a newbie? I'll start with a full tank, have got one remote probe thermometer (which I think will go in the butt) and a deep fryer thermometer I'll put in the lid.
Thanks in advance.