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This is my 1st time using smoker and so far I've made ribs and a beef brisket. The ribs were ok but the brisket was a little tuff. I picked up a masterbuilt 20070106 and it seems like it will do everything it claims, I guess I just have to keep trying to get it right. This site is really great, I look forward to learning all I can. I now know that a thermometer will help alot and to only use 2-3 wood chips every 1/2 hr instead of loading it up every 2 hrs like I was told by the Mfg. Anyway, here's to good smoking and good whiskey!
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Welcome from 1 Buzz to another, can't help ya much with electric cookers, but some one can help you here.
post #3 of 15
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Hey smokebuzz, I'll keeping checking for new posts on using my electric smoker, I know they will be there sooner or later. Thanks for the response. Da Buz from windy city.
post #4 of 15
Welcome to the forum. We're glad you're here!
post #5 of 15
Welcome Da Buz -

Sorry I don't have an electric either but they always seem to tell you to use to much wood in the manual. Some f the guys have made tin foil packets with chips in them and seemed to get good results.

If the brisket was tough it probably wasn't done long enough. Low temperatures and slow smoking is the key and you smoke to a certain temperature no matter how long it takes!

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post #6 of 15

welcome aboard

Glad your here a lot of good people with great info you just cant beat the people here.
Good luck and Good smoking
post #7 of 15
Welcome to SMF.Da buz, that little MES ,you have is very versatile and will do about anything from jerky ,to bacon ,brisket ,pulled pork ,ribs ...you name it ,you will however have to play with the temps up and down during smokes ( depending on what your doin ) for instance jerky needs to be done at around 142 or so in that smoker ,but at that temp you won't get good consistant smoke and therefore you need to boost it up a bit ,to get the smoke going ,then cut it back to 142 so as not to overdue the jerky ...up and down several times while doin jerky .....but for briskets and pork butt and such you can go ahead and set it at 230 - 235 or so and just feed the wood chips to it ( about 1/4 handfull at a time won't hurt ) but no more than that ,,,usually 7-8 good sized chips every 30 min or so and smoke till you hit your desired internal temp ....that internal temp is what you need to go by ....get yourself a good temp probe ( if you don't already have one )...it really is a must have to turn out consistant results ...enjoy and have fun with that little smoker .
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Hi Da Buz!...Welcome to the SMF!...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif...Glad to have you aboard!...You're gonna love it here...
post #9 of 15
Welcome to SMF! Keep asking questions, someone will be along to answer!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #10 of 15
Welcome aboard the SMF da buz, glad you joined our group!
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Welcome to the SMF
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welcome to smf. loking forward to your Qviews.
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Wellcome to the SMF, Dabuz. You'll love it here
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Welcome to the SMF familyicon_exclaim.gif

May I recommend Jeff's 5-day ecourse lots of info therePDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

I have never tried a brisket myself butt I have done many a butt. You can not go by time Those large cuts need to go by internal temp & you will have a plateauPDT_Armataz_01_20.gif It will seem to stop cooking & stay at a certain temp forever, no your thermometer is not broken just wait it out. This is when the connective tissues inside the meat are breaking sown & making the meat tendericon_idea.gif Keep working at it you will learn the art of BBQ & become very addictedPDT_Armataz_01_29.gif
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Welcome to the SMF. We do have other members who go electric and will be willing to help you with most any queastions. Be sure and checkout Jeff's 5 day ecoarse.
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