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post #1 of 10
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Hello everyone, great forums you have here!
Well, my name is Brian and I'm just getting into the smoking game. I, like many of you, enjoy good smoked meats and BBQ. I just hate paying so much for it.
My wife and I decided to invest in a charcoal grill and found the Chargriller at our local Menards. We then purchased the side smoker for it. A few weeks ago, we made a couple of racks of baby back ribs, a beef roast and a few short ribs we had in the freezer.
According to the directions that came with the smoker, we decided to smoke with hickory chips....dry. Well, that was a huge mistake and almost turned me off from the whole smoking thing. I put about 20 pounds of chips in that day. I've since researched wet vs. dry and tried the wet method this weekend with a whole chicken and a couple tenderloins and that seemed to be less of a hassle. Next, I'm going to try the actual wood sticks and see if that cuts down on the fire-tending.
In my opinion, the Hickory I've used so far tends to be a little strong for me, but my wife seems to like it. I'm going to go the apple and maybe cherry route next time.
I've also seen some of the modifications that I can make to my chargriller to help improve heat and smoke.
Again, Nice forums and I hope to learn a lot from you all and contribute myself as I gain a better understanding of the Science of smoking.
post #2 of 10
welcome and I am glad you didn't give up smoking before you came here. The 5 day e-corse will get you on the right path.
post #3 of 10
Welcome to SMF. You've already started finding out what a wonderful source of information this site is. Now you can begin meeting the friendly, helpful people that hang out here. If you have a problem just ask and in no time you'll have an answer, or several answers as the case may be. It sounds like you may have had too much smoke during your first attempt. You want your smoke to be thin and blue, not white and billowing. ;) Hang in there and you'll be rewarded with some fine food thats usually better than you can get anywhere else.

Good luck & Good smokes.

post #4 of 10
Welcome Brian! :)
post #5 of 10
Welcome to SMF Brian. Yer in the right place! here's a thread for ya...
post #6 of 10
Hello Brian, here at the SMF there's always something great to read or look at. Try using hickory instead of mesquite, or mix mesquite with apple.
post #7 of 10
Welcome Brian. Another Hoosier here. This forum is a wealth of information and will get you a better understanding of the whole process.

Keep trying, you'll have a blast. Sometimes the process is just as rewarding as the results!
post #8 of 10
Welcome aboard Brian!
post #9 of 10
Welcome, Brian dont give up yet.The first 500 smokes are the hardest,,,buy then you will be the master.Lots to read and learn and share.
post #10 of 10
welcome Brian.
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