Hi all. I'm new to the forum and new to smoking as well. I lurked here a few weeks to prepare for smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving. Thank you for making this a friendly and ultra informative place. One could simply lurk and never post, but that would be an injustice to all the fine folks here that spend their time perfecting their craft and sharing that with others. I have to say i was a pretty good griller but the tools and techniques for smoking, even though it's and entirely different process and skill set, lends itself perfectly to improving how I grill. The tools utilized in smoking have been useful in grilling as well with a better overall finished product.
So far in my short career i smoked a whole chicken (beer can), sausage, and a boston butt roast for my first smoke. It went ok. My second smoke was corned beef brisket that again was ok. Third was the turkey that turned out exactly how I had planned and studied from resources like this forum and links to others from here. Tomorrow will be another brisket but its a whole flat as the butcher shop didn't have a full brisket with point and flat.
My tools of the trade were intitally a brinkmann charcoal smoker single door hand me down. Having used it once I saw the need to remove a variable of non constant cooking temp so I opted for the masterbuilt elite sportsman 40" propane smoker. At this point I got a cheap instant read from publix that has a temp seek time of about 4-5 sec I mean minutes...after reading this forum and researching temp probe systems I went with the iGrill2 with additional probes for the chamber and meat to make a total of 4 probes. I also ordered the lavatools themawand. also had to get some protection for my hands so I got some high temp silicon gloves from amazon.
Anyway I gotta run and prep my brisket for tomorrow. Any questions please feel free to ask and see ya around the school yard.
Thanksgiving in south florida
Edited by scrub175 - 12/12/15 at 9:03pm