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Hello Everybody,


I'm TBoneJack.  I'm 53 years old, work as a Software Engineer, and I've just gotten into smoking meat.


I bought myself an 18.5" WSM, and I've read on this web site and others for the past 3 weeks.  I seasoned my WSM according to Harry Soo's directions.  And I finally smoked some meat for eating yesterday.  And the results were very encouraging.


I smoked a pound of bacon on the bottom rack, and 8 chicken thighs on the top rack.  The bacon was "already smoked", but I smoked it again anyway.  I used Kingsford Blue briquettes for heat and apple wood chunks for smoke.  And everything turned out great.


The bacon had a wonderful hint of apple smoke, while the chicken thighs had a wonderful hint of bacon flavor.


I used some generic sprinkle seasoning for the chicken; nothing fancy (yet).  I added no seasoning to the bacon.


I smoked for 1.5 hours, and the temperature was very easy to control.  I didn't reach a "steady state", where the temperature just stayed steady for a long time.  But the temperature swings were very slow, and easily compensated for with a slight adjustment of the bottom vents.  With practice, I hope to be able to reach steady states which require no vent adjustments for hours at a time.


The most notable temperature "swing" was when I added the cold meat: the temperature fell from 225 to 190, and stayed there for a long time.  I fully opened all the bottom vents, and the temperature (very) slowly climbed to 225.


I used water in the water bowl, which probably slowed the temperature swings.


This is fun.  New discovery.  Which is great at my stage of life.  A new hobby, which may turn into an obsession.  But for now, I'll settle for a hobby.


Next week, I'm smoking chicken quarters.  And by July 4th, I plan to be smoking pork spare ribs.  And by Labor day, I plan to try the pinnacle (for me) of smoking meat: beef brisket.


Wish me luck.

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Welcome TboneJack!  I've been using an 18.5 for three years now and love my new hobby.  You also found the best site with the best folks on the internet!  Glad you joined us.



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Welcome to the forum.


Congrats on the new WSM.


It is a great smoker.



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texas.gif  Good evening and welcome to the forum, from a sunny and hot day here 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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