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post #1 of 16
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Hey all:

My only previous smoking effort was a thanksgiving turkey 20 years ago on a long-gone Brinkman vertical. I was up all night tending and fretting over it - but it was well worth it.

My brother has been smoking for years and everything he's done has been good eats. He's smoked so much he can barely open the lid from all the "seasoning" it's had. Figured I'd get into smoking so I'd have it more often than the 3-4 times a year we get together. But, I want to do something different each time and experience all I can.

Wife got me a Char-Griller Duo back in May for a birthday/father's day. It has two grills on same frame. Left side is a 1300 sq in gas grill and right side is a 1300 sq in charcoal grill. I bought and installed the side fire box to make the right side a smoker only - won't be any charcoal grilling on that side.

After I seasoned the smoker side my first project was to smoke a meatloaf. I have an awesome meatloaf recipe and saw someone smoking meatloaf on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - so figured I would try it. Absolutely the best meatloaf I ever had. Awesome squared. Fantastic meatloaf sandwiches the next few days.

Next was a brisket. Good flavor but I didn't smoke it long enough. 6 hours and it was pretty tough. Found the link to and realized I hadn't smoked it the 14+ hours I should have.

Yesterday was the discovery of a lifetime. Shrimp on the smoker. It was awesome.

Had the kids and their spouses over to grill steaks and I smoked shrimp for an appetizer. Steaks were great but shrimp was all gone. Did 1 lb of 9-12 size - almost the size of small lobster tails with 3-4 bites each. And a pound of 51-60 size - bite sized. Used wet bamboo skewers and sprinkled each with my own spice mixture. A little spice with the hickory chip smoke flavor. Going to try apple chips next time.

My family thought I was nuts for smoking the meatloaf. They're now believers. Shrimp will be an every time event. I'm thinking one of my next projects will be a bologna. Daughter said she wouldn't put it past me to try smoking a cheese cake. Now that she mentioned it....

Anyway, I hope to have many fantastic smoking experiences in the future and hope to learn a lot from you all.

Any thoughts or ideas on the cheesecake? Think I'll use cherry wood.
post #2 of 16
Welcome to the site Doug.
Cheesecake, well...if already cooked then make sure to cold smoke it. I have to figure hot smoking would be too much, but if you are baking it in the smoker then hot would be best but I have no clue how well that would turn out.
Ever heard of fatties? Definitely something to try out, hell you could even roll a slice of cheesecake in some sausage and smoke that up!
post #3 of 16
Welcome to SMF. you'll find alot of good folks here and alot of good info and recipes here too. Just hope you can learn to stop.PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #4 of 16

Glad to have you with us.

Be sure to check out Jeff's 5Day Smoking Basics eCourse, you can find it here 5 Day eCourse
post #5 of 16
Welcome to the forum, Doug! Cherry smoke is good with anything I've tried...cheesecake, now, that's a new one on least I've not yet heard of it. I bet it would be fantastic! It's amazing the ideas a person can come up with for a good smoke!

I can foresee many great inovative and creative smokes in your future!

Hey, don't give up on the brisket either...I've only smoked 3...the first one about 11 months ago...not what I expected either. Since then, I've done 2 more with a whole new set of methods, and they were great! I'm hooked on 'em now.

Enjoy the forum! And, may many superbe smokes ascend from your efforts!

post #6 of 16
Welcome to SMF, Doug. Glad you joined us. Got any qview to share?
post #7 of 16
Welcome aboard. I can see you are hooked already.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #8 of 16
Welcome aboard! I enjoyed reading your intro.
post #9 of 16
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you aboard.
post #10 of 16
Welcome aboard!
post #11 of 16

Greetings and Welcome to the board.

Enjoy your stay at
post #12 of 16
Welcome to the SMF. Glad you joined us. Now just make sure you start taking some pictures of all that fine food you're making.

There's a little saying around here..."no qview, never happened."
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
I did get a pic of the brisket about an hour into it as it started to get its golden glow. But, too busy getting things around and ready when it was time to come off. Didn't get any of the meatloaf or shrimp. The shrimp were absolutely beautiful - if one can use "beautiful" to describe smoked.

From now on I'll keep the camera handy. Then I'll have to figure out how to transfer the pics to here.
post #14 of 16

12 step groups are available


There are 12 step groups for people who are as addicted to smoking as you are.....

They are lonely places with very few members but they are available. biggrin.gif

Sounds like you are off to a good start and let me know how that cheese cake thing works out for ya!

And Welcome Aboard!
post #15 of 16
Welcome to SMF! I love cheesecake!
post #16 of 16
Welcome to the forum. I am sure you will learn a lot here
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