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post #1 of 13
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Hi there-I just acquired (for free!) a Brinkman smoker for my husband and was looking for some ideas for what to get him accessory-wise for his birthday...I'd like to get things that he's really NEED not just "stuff" you know?
Thanks so much for any ideas!!
post #2 of 13
Well to start off he is gonna need a thermometer so he know when the meat is done. I would suggest a Maverick ET-73 dual probe thermometer- 1 probe for smoker temp and the other for the internal meat temp.

Have fun smoking!! And don't forget, there are plenty of good people here to help you out in whatever you need...
post #3 of 13
Hi Amanda, welcome to the forum!

One thing I can think of for you to get your husband would be a nice thermometer to check the temperature of the meat.

I'm sure others will be along with more ideas. :)

Nevermind....Trent beat me to it. lol
post #4 of 13
Hi Amanda,Welcome to SMF,some Bear claws would be useful also, available on ebay,and as said e thermometer.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys!
Do you know if thermometers,gloves (-does he really need those?) rib racks and those claws are available at retail stores and if so-which ones have you seen them at? Also wood chips-I suppose I should get some of those as well?
I am at home w/ 2 little ones and recovering from surgery and his bday is Sat! Nothing like waiting until the last minute-but didn't think I'd be laid up the week beforehand so now i don't really have time to wait on shipping...unless thats my only option and he'll have to deal w/ waiting-LOL.
We have Lowe's,Menards (i know they sell smokers at those 2- but I've never looked into accessories) Big R and Farm and Home stores...have any of you seen these things at those stores or other stores I could possibly have around?
Thanks so much!
post #6 of 13


Hi Amanda...I had to order my ET-73 which was the cheapest way to get it...at Lowes they have some cheaper ones that you can get at a good price... Get him a single probe one then order the ET-73...print a pic and tell him it's on it's way but he can get started with the single one. In the end you can never have too many thermo's!!! Welcome to the SMF...have you been warned that you are starting an addiction...every time you pull a piece of meat out he'll be wanting to smoke it!!!
post #7 of 13
Those big retail stores, Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Wal-Mart all will have some bbq accessories. Selection may vary but you should be able to find some good stuff.
post #8 of 13
I'd get him on here, or sign one of you up for the free 5 day so the good food gets there faster (speed up the learning curve) on the how to side.

even a non Electronic meat thermometer is essential to low and slow if you don't have one, electronics are great, but they also need new probes from time to time, so old school would be smart as an also even if you go high tech IMO. Lowes and walmart sell most of what you need, outdoor stores like a Cabelas/Basspro might have a similar/different selection at a higher price.

rib racks are a good idea, if you decide you like ribs, a set of welding gloves would be good if this is a round upright brinkmann so he doesn't get burned reaching in there. Tongs and grabbers are OK, but I always end up using my hands, especially if you get into wrapping in foil and etc. I use Ov-Gloves, but they don't protect above the wrist, so they might not work for you if its a round upright. what model or general shape smoker did you get blessed with? there might be some specific things people use for THAT smoker that might be better gifts, just a thought.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
hmmmm good point-I'll go outside in a few and see if it says what kind it is. It's NOT round I do know-it's a tall upright rectangular one w/ a swinging door on it...
post #10 of 13
brinkmann square vertical, if your into ribs you'll definitely want rib racks eventually IMO (I have the same smoker) I bought the Weber type, they fit well enough. I like mine, though I never ran it on charcoal, it works pretty well for me. you might want to find a grill tray/pad, as sometimes some grease can make it down the legs and onto whatever your smoker is sitting on (concrete and deck might get stained if thats where you put it)
post #11 of 13
Welcome to the forum Amanda.
A digital thermometer will be his/your new best friend (other than a cold beer) while smoking. There also some of the obvious and not so obvious things needed. A pair of tongs, grill brush, a set of bear-claws, mopping brushes, a spritz bottle. The list could go on and on.
Just like everyone has already stated, most of this can be found in the bbq area.
Good luck and let us all know how your shopping trip works out.
post #12 of 13

Welcome to the forum Travlr

As for "STUFF",I see they have already mentioned the thermometers and Bearclaws, so I suggest some Neoprene Gloves so he don't burn his little pinkys LOL!icon_smile.gif
post #13 of 13
Hi Amanda. Didnt catch if it was an electric or charcoal smoker. If charcoal , then a chimney starter would be the first thing I get along w/ the thermometer. its like a coffee can w/ a handle used to start the coals with newspaper or whatnot , so as not to use the 2 most most un-utterable words in smoking,,, shhhh !! ....lighter fluid ! .....= lighter fluid BAD !!!! PDT_Armataz_01_17.gif Happy smokin !!
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