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Hello from London in the UK

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Hi - I am from South East London in the UK. I have been grilling for many years but I am fairly new to BBQ and smoking. I was recently given a ProQ bullet smoker by a friend who had bought herself a new one but I have tried to smoke a few things on it (a pork shoulder and beef rib roast) but they seemed to be overcooked and a bit dry. Maybe I am using the wrong charcoal or maybe I should be using wood? Trying to find out what I am doing wrong and Google has pointed me to you guys. Having read through some of the posts here i am hoping to get some good advice before I give up with it and go back to gas. Any advice gratefully received.

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Hi Trenchcoat , Welcome to our "Family" and "Addiction"

Plenty of good folk on here, ask any questions you can think of, and you will get your answers.

Please take time to look at the UK Smokers Forum,


And introduce your self on the UK Roll Call


Smokin Monkey ūüá¨ūüáß
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Hi Trenchcoat, when you are cooking your meats, are you cooking to time like you would in a domestic oven or the Internal Meat Temperature?
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Hello Mate!  Welcome to the "Family".  Don't give up on us yet!  Give us a chance.  You have a good smoker there.  Tell us your method.  EVERYTHING you do!  Leave nothing out!  Not even the smallest detail.  Sometimes that is the one that kills you.  Just that LITTLE thing.  AND! write it all down.  We can get you through this Mate.  DO NOT QUIT!  We need folks like you and we want folks like you.  Couple of pointers and you are off and flying.  Write it down so that if this smoke was not EXACTLY right you can change one thing at a time.  The next one is better but not "perfect".  So change another.  The BEST BBQ/Smoked meat is the one you and your family like.  If you need any help please feel free to PM me.  If I don't know I will find someone who does and we can learn together.  Keep Smokin!


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I am cooking it about the same time as i would do in the oven - maybe a bit longer as the temperature is lower. The temperature gauge is a bit sticky though but it seems to be ok if i tap it. I am using Tesco charcoal in the bottom and that seems to burn OK. I did have a problem trying to get it hot enough at first but it got there in the end when I got it alight in a metal chimney first. I am not putting anything in the pan underneath. I thought it was to catch the drips from the meat - but from what I am reading should I put sand or water in there?

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Hiya Trenchcoat, Welcome to the forum.

There are some fantastic people on here with some great experience. I am one of the Group Leads for the UK Smokers along with Smokin Monkey & Wade. who will be along shortly to introduce himself. 

Just to give you a bit of an update,  As smoking has gained popularity in the UK we have been given our own group, "UK Smokers". We still come under the watchful eye of the main forum and have plenty of support from our american cousins, but somethings are different in the UK and that's where the UK forum comes into it's own. The UK Smokers is rapidly growing with members from up and down the country with a wealth of experience in all areas.

We have an annual Smoking Weekend which is held in the summer ( sorry you have just missed it this year) but next years event will be the last weekend in July, 2016 at Woodhall Spa near Lincoln so it is easy for everyone from the north & south to attend. Most of the active members attend, and cook a dish, have a chat, exchange ideas, pick up tips from other members, grab a few beers and have a great weekend. You are more than welcome to join us next year.

We have members from both sides of the pond so it you post a question in the UK Forum, there is a good chance it will get answered from both the UK and the US.


If you click on the following link http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/groups/show/38/uk-smokers this will take you to the UK section of the forum where you will find a group of like minded individuals in the UK who are into smoking.

If you click on this link it will take you to the roll call where you can introduce yourself:

I look forward to seeing you there, and feel free to post on the UK forum.


Where did you hear about the UK Smokers Forum just so we know how you found us.



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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a pretty nice day in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.



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