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New smoker from Michigan

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Hello all,

I'm Kyle from Michigan. My in-laws got me a Masterbuilt propane smoker for Christmas and the weather is finally getting nice here, so I'm about to put it together and get smoking!

I want to get something in there Saturday. I have a bunch of beef in the freezer, so I thought I would thaw some out and try doing some jerky. I've been looking for a super easy recipe to get me started and gain some confidence. Anybody know of something like that? Like with store-bought marinade, etc.

Or is there something better to start with?

Any other tips are more than appreciated!

Thanks and nice to meet you all!
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I have been using Nesco for all my jerky. I like the flavor of their mixes. It is the closest thing to store bought that I have found, and they are reasonably priced.


What part of Michigan are you from?

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If you're new to smoking, a pork shoulder is probably the easiest thing to start with. They are very forgiving.
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texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a nice sunny and warm day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.



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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...
Happy smoken.

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Hey Kyle, Congrats on the smoker after you get her together, run for a bit and seasoned up throw on some chicken, cheap, easy and doesn't take too long



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Welcome to SMF! welcome.gif
We're glad to have you here. The search bar at the top is your most valuable resource here. This forum has been around for over ten years, so there is a good chance that any questions you may have, have already been answered (they may have 10 different answers, but you'll get an instant response non the less).
Please be sure to post your smokes along with your process and recipes. We will be glad to help you along the way and we may also learn something new ourselves in the process. Also, don't forget the very important Q view! (We're mad for pics on here 😁)
Always remember to have fun because it's not fun if you have to work at it. Thanks for joining,
- Ryan
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Welcome to the forum from Lansing Arnie.  And what a great forum it is to learn the art of smoking everything.


We have a Michigan group here.          

If you get a chance check it out and please join if you have not done so yet.


We have a yearly get together and I hope you can make it this year.  We also have occasional cheese smokes here or there so if you can join in please do.


It’s always nice to see another Michigander here.



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