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I've never smoked meat before, got a smoker as a wedding gift

post #1 of 18
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Hello I'm Zach, and I've never used a smoker before. I got an elitric landmann smoker as a wedding gift and would love some insight and tips on how to make good meat. I plan to break it in this weekend with a brisket and any tips or tricks would really be handy. Thank you in advance.
post #2 of 18

Welcome to the board, Zach! You've found the right place to learn about this. Use the Search here to look up your smoker and see how people use them.

post #3 of 18

there are some good you tube videos on how to trim a brisket. Once you trim try some salt and pepper onion garlic rub ( try equal parts to start) put your temp at 225-250 and smoke until the internal temperature is about 200 degrees. get yourself a nice probe thermometer so you can put the probe into the meat and keep an eye on the temp remotely. If you feel like it you can wrap your brisket when its 165 degrees or so with foil or with butcher paper or with parchment paper.but that isn't a necessary step.

 

Happy Smoking,

phatbac (Aaron)

post #4 of 18

Welcome Zack.  You are about to embark on a life long adventure, enjoy the ride!!! 

Here is just one video to consider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM0pGO_3Fa4#t=11

 

Matt

post #5 of 18
Welcome from SC, Zach. It's goo d to have you on this great site.
post #6 of 18

Welcome aboard. Remember, it's just smoke, heat & meat. Will you screw up sometimes? Sure. That's how you learn. Learn how your smoker works then come here and ask questions. We're always willing to help.

post #7 of 18
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Welcome aboard. Remember, it's just smoke, heat & meat. Will you screw up sometimes? Sure. That's how you learn. Learn how your smoker works then come here and ask questions. We're always willing to help.

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

I agree with AK1, before jumping in the deep end, try the wading pool first.

 

Maybe the following will help you stay afloat.

 

New to smoking or have a new smoker? -- "How to optimize your smoke"

 

Understanding Smoke Management - updated 12/08/14

 

Smoked Bread,Crackers and Snacks

 

T

post #8 of 18

Like others are saying, just jump in but wade first.  When meat is put into a heated space for some time it is going to cook.  Check the temperatures inside the meat to know when to take it off.  Rubs, marinades, and sauces fiddle with the taste but don't particularly affect the cooking.  

 

You should keep some notes of what you have tried, how it came out, and changes for the next time.  There is an Excel log sheet attached that I keep my notes on.  There is a tab for the smoker, the gas grill, and now a Chinese wok.  

 

Let us know how it works.  Good luck.   ALogSheet.xlsx 100k .xlsx file  

post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well thank all of you for the advice. Since the original post I have smoked a 12# and a 18# brisket. Both of which turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I think next I'm going to try pork butt and ribs. this was the first brisket (12#)
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well thank all of you for the advice. Since the original post I have smoked a 12# and a 18# brisket. Both of which turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I think next I'm going to try pork butt and ribs.
post #11 of 18

Nice smoke!  Glad your briskets came out well.

 

Mike

post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you!
post #13 of 18
Good looking brisket. You're brave to start out with brisket, but it looks like you've got it going on.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you sir . This site and YouTube has been my friends lol.
post #15 of 18

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

 

And a Big Congrats on the Briskets

 

Gary

post #16 of 18

Best wedding gift ever IMO!

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Best wedding gift ever IMO!

And the people said..."AMEN!!!"

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And the people said..."AMEN!!!"


Better than getting a blender or some other crap.  For real.  If someone gave me a smoker I would have left my wedding party early HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAA

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