Baron and I just moved back to Peoria AZ down from Idaho and we do miss all that fantastic hunting and fishing we had in idaho; but I'm disabled and that cold weather was just killing my knees and a few other parts as well; and Baron is my best partner and he's no youngster either; just two years younger than me in Doggy years.
The only experience I have in smoking was back in Ukiah CA in 1959 and 60. Back then I used to catch a bunch of Steelhead, and some old boy showed me how to hook up two junk refridgerators into a passable smoker for all those Steelies I was catching; it did do the job and real good. I used to travel down to Santa Maria and come back with 8 to 10 cord of Red Oak that I used for both heat and for smoking Steelhead, Deer and Wild Hog. That was a long long time ago and today I remember very little to nothing about the process/
Today I have a Little Chief Smoker; and most of the fare I'll be smoking will be fresh water fish: Trout, Bass (large mouth, small mouth and stripers), crappie and blue gill; and once in a while my son will bring down some elk and deer when he comes to visit. I'm too disabled for hunting any longer dang it!
So in case you didnt understand me clearly, I dont remember anything that I once knew about smoking; nada, zip, squat, nothing at all.
So I'm really hoping to learn a lot here, from what I have read so far there is a big bunch of experts here.
As luck would have it; the very first post I read was by a lady that had some pics of a meal she had just "whipped up" on her smoker.Her smoker looked like a black 55 gal barrel; but oh my God those photos of hers places her high on the list of of experienced smokers! While I only remember one thing that she smoked for that meal it may help identify her; she had the one veggie that I really dont like to eat; I cant recall the name of them, but they look like little tiny cabbages and hers were wrapped in bacon; my God but she even made them look good to eat.
I'm an outdoorsman of over 65 years; with a ton of experience but I dont know a single thing about smoking other than it sure is good to eat. While living up in Alaska I learned to love one of many things they had in Alaska to love, and that was "Squaw Candy"; the local name of dried salmon wiht a touch of Alder Smoke I believe. I remember clearly the oil running down my chin at every bite I took.
So please have patience with my questions and help me learn how to smoke mostly fish on my Little Chief Smoker.
Take care everyone; and stay safe.