Hello folks, I'm an avid chef (23 years old) from near Oxford in the UK. Been cooking Italian, Spanish, Asian, etc foods for a long time (10 years or so) and wanted to splash out a bit of bonus money on a good smoking setup. I love the deep South Texan style of BBQ.
I have bought the 47cm (18.5 inch) Weber Smokey Mountain with their chimney starter, and some apple (2x 5lb) and cherry wood chunks (2x 5lb). Weber branded also. Got all that for £360 from www.bbqs2u.co.uk as the reviews for it look brilliant as a starter smoker.
I'm looking at temperature gauges and I'm pretty sure I'll get the Maverick ET-733 (£58.99 - Amazon) for smoker ambient and meat temperature. I'm also looking at a SuperFast Thermapen (£36 - Amazon) quick read thermometer for doublechecking meat temps.
Any advice on what to look out for or anything further I need to know? Still need to get some charcoal but that can't be too hard can it?
At the moment I'm looking to start on Pork Shoulder and Ribs before moving on to brisket etc.