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I am pretty new at this. My first attempt used an ordinary gas barbeque with a smoker box, but I concluded that was a complete waste because there is far too much air going through to contain any smoke. My latest efforts use an aluminum roaster in the barbeque. I put a layer of wet wood chips on the bottom, a 8" cakepan with some juice or wine, cover it with a small baking rack. and put the meat on the rack. Put the lid on the roaster. I took the grates out of the barbeque and set the roaster down on the ceramic briquettes. I set an oven thermometer on top of the roaster to check temperature because the one on the BBQ is not very good. With only one burner on low it is easy to maintain 220-230 deg. and all the smoke is contained. There is a vent on the roaster that I could open to release some smoke, but I have not done so yet. I made up a rub which I have tried on ome country style pork ribs, a pork roast and a beef roast and all were delicious. My recipe was: 1 TBSP of Emeril's Essence, 1TBSP dry mustard 1 TBSP brown sugar, stir it all up rub it on the meat 24 hrs before it goes in the cooker. In teh cake pan I used cranberry juice for the pork and some homemade red wine for the beef. The beef was sort of lean so I laid three strips of bacon on top of it before it went in the roaster. I'm not sure if that was a good thing or not. My wife did not like the bacon when it came out. "The texture and flavor is not like real bacon!" We were very pleased and will do it again. I have been looking at "real" smokers but the only reason I can come up with is to be able to do more stuff at once, but I have not graduated to that yet. Thanks for your attention!
post #2 of 13
Welcome to the SMF. Looks like you're on the creative side of the fire, good things will happen to you, and your Q.
post #3 of 13
Welcome to SMF!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #4 of 13
Hey Gene Welcome to SMF! I think you'll find your Q will get better AND easier with a true smoker to smoke in. Look thru the smoker type threads and see what fits yer needs and wants. THey can be had for $40 to thousands of dollars... I use a "cheapie" charcoal unit and get pretty good results with it...fairly easily.
post #5 of 13
Gene, things get better and better with each smoke. Keep at it. Try some methods here and good results will folllow. Good luck.
post #6 of 13
Welcome to the dark side Gene, . Once you get a smoker, whatever type you get you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
post #7 of 13
Hi Gene and welcome to the forum. Everything said above this post is true. If you decide to purchase a smoker and price is a concern,may I recommend checking out some garage or yard sales. From what I see there are some real deals out there. Welcome again and were all glad your here.
post #8 of 13
Welcome to the forum Gene and hello from a fellow Canadian , looks like you have the smoke bug !! do yourself a favor and get an actual smoker the results will be worth it , and as Richtee said it don't have to cost alot , see ya in the forums .
post #9 of 13
Welcome to the forum from one Canadian to another.
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Thread Starter 

New Smoker

I did get an actual smoker. I wanted one that ran on natural gas. I tried several manufacturers and was told they are only propane and can't be converted. I could not see how they might have built it so it could not be converted, so in the end I bought a propane Broil-Mate from Home Depot and converted it to gas, even though it "can't be done". My house and barbeque run on natural gas, and it never runs out. It works well. The temperature gauage on the door reads about 50-60 degrees high but thats OK. As long as I know. Eh?
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Welcome aboard Eh!
You'll love this place.
post #12 of 13
Hi Gene......sounds clean.

Where in Alberta are you? I used to live in Fawcett AB 147 miles north of Edmonton. I am now on the other side of the Rockies in BC. Welcome to SMF.
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Welcome to the smf.................
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