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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi All!

I just purchased my first smoker, a GOSM propane smoker. I have been reading alot of your posts about smoking various kinds of meat, and I am very excited about getting started. I plan on starting with pork ribs and a 6 lb. pork butt. Any tips or special techniques you veterans have for a wannabe meat smoker? One question I have is, the wood chip box is kinda small, will it be big enough to smoke the pork butt and how many times do you think I will need to fill it?

Smokin' em here in North Dakota!
post #2 of 17
Filling the smoke box repeatedly is more or less a matter of taste. you may have to experiment with it. Some people say that you should reload 3 times for the best smoke flavor without overpowering the other flavors. But, like I said before, its a matter of taste. You'll have to figure out how much smoke you like.

Welcome to the forums BTW, you've found the best place on the net for smoking info.
post #3 of 17
Welcome to SMF. I have a different smoker but I know a lot of people with a GOSM who replace the smoke box with something larger like a cake pan or a cut down coffee can.; or you could just refill the box more often when the wood is burnt down to ash.
post #4 of 17
Welcome to SMF!

Here is a link to a pulled pork smoke primer


As for the wood box, I leave the top off. I also like to use fist sized chunks instead of chips.

Hope this helps!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #5 of 17
Welcome aboard the SMF! A wise man once told me to sign up for Jeff's free 5 day ecourse... he was right! It is chocked full of information to get you started...

Have fun!
post #6 of 17
Hello North Dak, glad to see you as a member of the SMF. Checkout Jeff''s 5 day ecourse, very good basic reading. Plenty of GOSM users here, so fire away with the questions, we love to help out fellow smokers.
post #7 of 17
welcome to SMF, don't forget to season your new smoker first and take lots of pics ,we all love to the q-view ,see ya in the forums PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hey All!

Thanks for the advice, I will give all your suggestions a try...Oh Brennan, by the way, I used to live in Oxnard Ca. I remember all the strawberries very well...Nice to meet you all.
post #9 of 17
Welcome to the SMF the best BBQ site on the neticon_exclaim.gif

I agree on the 5-day ecoursePDT_Armataz_01_34.gif also for a guide on the ribs check out the 3-2-1 method.
post #10 of 17
Welcome to SMF from the Midwest. Glad to have you.
post #11 of 17
Welcome MJ-air -

You will get plenty of help and guidence here from some of the best people you'll ever find! Enjoy!
post #12 of 17
Hi MJ-Air23!...Welcome to the SMF!...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif...Glad to have you in our family!...
post #13 of 17
Welcome from Iowa, glad you found us, be sure to share your experienes with us.
post #14 of 17
I missed your original introduction, so better late than never..... Welcome ot SMF !!!
post #15 of 17
Welcome to the Forum!! Congrats on your new smoker. Be sure to season it before actually smoking food in it or the results may be less than tasty. Didja get it @ WalMart? Smoke on!
post #16 of 17
welcome to smf.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yes, Stratocat, I did get it at Walmart...online tho. Thanks all for the warm welcome...icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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