I've been reading around the forums for a little while now. I'm new to the smoking game and have yet to take on my first challenge, though I just picked up my first smoker. I live in a pretty "country" feeling neighborhood, where on the summer weekends I can't walk the dogs without seeing/smelling smokers going every 4 or 5 houses, so I decided it was time to join the club.
After a bit of research and patience, I picked up a Horizon Ranger for a good price off of craigslist. I've had it for about 2 weeks now, but haven't had a chance to use it because I've been so busy learning how little I know about the art! The forums have already been a huge help to me through my searches and the ecourse, so I look forward to planning out my first cook and maybe snapping some pics along the way.
I also have a Weber Summit S470. I've used the woodchip burner on it a few times and managed to come out with a few pretty decent racks of ribs, though I look forward to achieving better results with a traditional smoker.
Main things I'm looking to accomplish on my smoking adventures:
- Smoke a respectable brisket (I think I've managed to get more questions than answers on briskets so far!)
- Homemade beef jerky! I didn't even consider this before I bought the smoker and stumbling on to that subforum was like xmas.
- Smoked sausage. My wife was born and spent the first 13 years of her life in Poland. I would love to be able to find a good source for some raw sausage around north TX to be able to recreate some of her childhood memories. We lived in Chicago for a little while where fresh Polish smoked sausage was plentiful. In TX it seems I either get brautwurst, italian sausage, or the pre-packaged stuff, none of which is even close.
- Spare ribs - considering I've got satisfactory results with the Summit on these already, it is the one I'm least worried about.
Had 3 people to load this monster in the back of a pickup. Only me and a buddy were there for the unloading. Luckily my shop hoist and some straps made it an effortless process to unload!
Thanks everyone for reading and I look forward to learning a lot from everything you all have to offer!