Hi everyone i was a lurker for a long time and then i finally joined up in anticipation of getting my own smoker. I'm not new to grilling just to the smokey stuff. The wife and I had shopped around and decided to go with the smoke hollow 4 in 1 that they sell at Sam's club. We had to wait a few days to put it together due to busy work schedule but we finally did it. We did 2 dry run's first to burn off any oil that might have been left from the factory and boy was i glad we did that. You could smell the chemicals burning off the grill it was not pleasant at all.
Next we seasoned it up with a 50/50 mix of peanut oil and bacon fat. My first attempt at smoking was going to be a whole chicken, a rack of pork ribs and some of Dutch's Wicked beans. Well i made what i now know is a common mistake among rookies of having way to much smoke. I was cooking at around 250* for 3 hours for the chicken and the beans. i kept the ribs in for another hour wrapped in foil and one more unwrapped with sauce on them.
The final outcome was OK not a total disaster but definitely a lot more room for improvement. The Chicken and ribs were to smokey. Chicken was moist and tasted good besides the overwhelming taste of smoke. I rubbed butter under the skin and used kicken chicken as a rub. The skin turned out rubbery and i read i can put it on the grill over high heat for a few minuets to crispify some.lol
The ribs had a funky bbq sauce on them that i wanted to try and i didn't like it so that really didn't help but they were tender. The beans however came out so good and i guess that's why its a proven recipe that i see so many people talk about on here.
I may have said to much on here sorry but i wanted to introduce myself and say hello. I look forward to sharing stories and learning from the pro's on here about this great new hobby and some would say lifestyle.