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Thread Starter 
My name is Mike, but I prefer Sully. I live near Columbus, Ohio. I have been dreaming of smoking for a long time, but didn't know until recently that I could do a somewhat unattended version of smoking. I don't have time to sit by a smoker and constantly monitor the temp.

I figured that since I'm new to this, I would start small to see if I enjoy it. I did some research and found that this is a good entry level smoker. It's an electric type that I picked up from Home Depot.

The first thing I wanted to smoke was hamburgers. I found an awesome recipe online that called for 2 pounds of hamburger. I made 4 patties with it. Yeah, 1/2 pound burgers. Yum!

I also smoked potatoes, asparagus, and corn at the same time.

I smoked it all with mesquite wood, 3 chunks for 3 hours. It turned out awesome!!!

The next day, I wanted to smoke chicken. I picked up a package of chicken legs. I prepped them the night before. Half was soaked with Sweet Baby Ray's, the other half with a mixture of Sweet Baby Ray's and Naga Scorpion flakes. I did potatoes, asparagus, and corn again. This time, I used 7 chunks of mesquite wood. Lesson learned, 7 is too much. The vegetables were too smokey. I let this combo smoke for 2 hours. The chicken was awesome. However, I used a bit too much Naga Scorpion flakes. I love hot stuff, bit this was a bit much.



This weekend, I'm doing ribs. Can't wait.
post #2 of 9
Welcome Sully, glad ya joined us ! If ya have any questions or need any help.... Just ask !

BTW, great lookin meal ! icon14.gif
post #3 of 9

Great looking food.

Some of us are very good cooks. I am not included.

Ask any questions.
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Thread Starter 
I have been reading as a guest for the past week. I have learned so much this week from this forum, that I figured it would be a shame not to join. Since I am doing baby back ribs tomorrow, I wanted to get more info on prepping them. I have the rub ready, but would like to know what to do with the ribs after I rub them. Do I just place them in the fridge uncovered or covered? Do I need to set them out for some time before I put them in the smoker or just straight from the fridge to the smoker? Should I let the smoker warm up before placing them on the smoker? Keep in mind this is an electric Brinkman smoker.


post #5 of 9
Rub them wrap and in the fridge. Let the smoker get to temp then put the ribs on.
post #6 of 9

Howdee Sully, good looking grub. I laughed as reading when I read 7 chucks of mesquite, I thought OMW he's gonna be sorry, the I continued reading where yas said it was a lesson learned. LOL


Always start off in moderation, but I am guessing you know that now.


Good looking clean, bright and shiny smoker too!


Welcome to the boards.

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Hello Sully, and welcome to the forum, Great place to learn and share and a bunch of real good people here.   Good looking smoke, I started out with an ECB, still have one you can turn out some awesome food on them. Also try some of the milder woods and mixing them.


Gary S

post #8 of 9

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...

It all looks great.

Happy smoken.

post #9 of 9
Hey Sully

Welcome to the Smoking forum. You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have. Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right. LOL. Don’t forget to post qviews.

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