Ok, I'm not really a peg-legged pirate or anything, but my name really is Bill. I live in Southern CA (Anaheim to be more precise. I've been making jerky and fresh sausage for some time, but really want to try smoking sausage so I can expand into the kinds I love to eat. Of course, bacon and roasts are on my long list, too.
I haven't gotten a smoker yet, but have been reading all the suggestions and reviews I can find on this forum for the last week or two. I'm overwhelmed by the knowledge and willingness to help, so I decided to join up today (besides, my ship is in for its 10,000 mile checkup).
Ok, so here's my dilemma. I've been trying to decide what smoker to start with. I really like the MES, but I'm still not sure if electric or propane would be the best way for me to go. One of the reasons I'm having trouble deciding is because I really am a left-leg amputee, so I'll probably need to do most things from a wheelchair. That's a concern with all the mods that should be done. I think I can do many of them, but may have trouble with others.
Any suggestions as to a good way to start would be appreciated. As I get further into smoking, I'll be happy to return the favor by responding to other posts. Maybe I can even be of some help now when it comes to sausage and jerky making.
Also, I don't want to be a PITA by posting the same things in various forums, so if you have suggestions as to what forum to post in, I'll be happy to do that.
I am off to kind of a start. I ordered an AMNPS and pellets from Amazon. I thought, while I'm deciding on a smoker, I might give a shot at using my BBQ Grill. Any suggestions for that would also be appreciated. I ordered Jeff's "Smoking Meat" book, but I haven't found where he talks about smoking on a grill yet.