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I am just learning... got a "Smoke Hollow" electric smoker for Christmas. I have never really smoked anything (other than a good cigar here & there). I am looking forward to getting started. I am located in the Catskill region of New York (Between NYC and Albany) .... great trout fishing area due to the reserviors (NYC water supply) providing a good source of cold water.

I plan on starting out with chicken hoping it is the most simple... I will also do trout, venison, ribs, etc.

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Hello Mike, and congrats on joing the SMF, best smoke site on the net. You may want to obtain a meat probe thermometer to determine when the meat is done, we usually go by internal temp and not by time. You also might want to consider using a brine before smoking the birds, do a search and you'll find plenty of great advise. Enough said, you'll catch on quickly.
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Welcome to smf. A digital thermo is the way to go. Check out the 5-day e-course also it is very helpful and best of luck to all your smokes!!!!!!!!
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Welcome to SMF! Glad you found us!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


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Welcome to the SMF.
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Hello Mike, you sure came to the right place to learn about smoking meat. The probe thermometer is a MUST. As they said "it's all about tempetures, not time." No 2 meats cook the same, so you really need at least one. I have around 4. 3 wireless, and 1 or 2 hand held one. Never enough. Once again WELCOME to SMF.
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Welcome to the forum Mike! Another easy one to try is a pork roast.....they are pretty forgiving.smile.gif
Good luck to you.
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Welcome to SMF. You will soon find that everyone here is very helpful and nice to chat with. You will learn alot from this site as it is the best on the net. All you have to do is post it if you have any questions about smoking anything. Odds are there will be someone on here that has done it and can help you out. Good luck and enjoy the site.
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Welcome to SMF Mike. Its looks like you have already gotten a bunch of good advice.
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Welcoem aboard. Great place here.

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Welcome to SMF. This is THE place to be.
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Welcome to SMF! If you're going to start out with a chicken, like richoso1 said, brining is the way to go, but if you don't have time at least inject the meat.

You can get an injection syringe at lots of places that handle kitchen supplies, then just mix up some chicken broth and melted butter with a little salt and pepper. Inject the mixture into all the parts of the chicken. Brining or injecting is the best way to guarantee moist, juicy chicken.

Good luck with that first smoke.
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Welcome to the SMF, Mike. A wealth of information can be found here. Enjoy your smoke.
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