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post #1 of 24
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Hello everyone,

My name is Fid, I'm 32, and I live in Claremont, CA, about 45 minutes east of Los Angeles. I have been grilling on a charcoal grill for about 10 years, but have never done anything fancy. I have been talking about wanting to try some new things, and get into smoking, and my wife just bought me a new grill this past weekend. It is a Char-Griller Trio 3030:

I just got it all put together last night, and I am very excited to try it out. I want to use it on Saturday, and smoke something, but I have NO IDEA what I am doing. I plan to poke around this sight a bit to try to get a clue. If anyone has some suggestions on a no-brainer first time recipe, please feel free to share.

Now I guess I need to figure out where to go to get some wood for the smoker.

Man I'm excited.
post #2 of 24
Welcome to SMF glad you decided to join us. Congrats on the new smoker. I'd suggest signing up for Jeff's 5 Day Ecourse it has lots of good info and its free. Maybe start with a fatty, some abt's, and a butt all pretty easy and a good full day of smoking with snacks through out the day
post #3 of 24
Welcome Fid, nice new toy you got there.
First smoke, well I think Jerry gave you good advice, I agree a fattie and pork butt is a great beginning smoke, a butt is a very forgiving meat if you make a few mistakes and fatties are amazing and only take 2-3 hours. ABTs are awesome also but are slightly labor intensive to prep and you need to try and get that bacon crisp on the outside, if done right they are some of the greatest smoked snacks ever!

Some chicken legs or wings are also pretty easy and poultry is a somewhat simple smoke but it's best to smoke smaller bits like legs or thighs before attempting a whole bird.
Whatever you decide I wish you luck, make sure to take plenty of pics.
post #4 of 24
First off welcome Fid to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anything to do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #5 of 24
Now I guess I need to figure out where to go to get some wood for the smoker.

Man I'm excited.[/quote]

Hi Fid
Welcome to the SMF - you will find tons of help here and lots of very supportive and friendly folks.
For your first shot at some good smoking wood try these guys

Barbeques Galore - www.bbqgalore.com
2315 E Imperial Hwy # A, Brea - (714) 256-0786

I agree with the fatty is a really good place to start and maybe some ABT's too
There are threads on both here just scroll down and look at the titles and read
thru some of the posts then ask away.
Glad you are with us
post #6 of 24
Welcome to the SMF Fid.....PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
That's a pretty neat little set up ya have there. Just remember to be patient, we all started not knowin nuttin. Before ya know it you'll be turnin out some great smokes. People here are real helpful so ask yer questions and we'll get ya goin. For wood you may want to try a Walmart or similar store, they usually carry enough wood to get ya goin. You may want to start off with something like cherry, maple or apple wood as it's a more mellow and sweeter tasting smoke. Good luck and good smoking....PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif

PS. Here's a post on making ABT's I did that might help ya get started....

post #7 of 24
Welcome, to SMF....nice set up you have there better than what I started with ....Great site and friendly folks that want ya to be the best ya can be....and will help any way we can....Welcome..
post #8 of 24
I just got excited myself.Welcome to SMF.Very nice set-up to turn out some fine Q.....
post #9 of 24

Welcome, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

For Those of you New to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.
Click Here it's "FREE"... 5 Day eCourse

Everyone here enjoys seeing the Qview so be sure to post plenty of pics...

Large ones that us old people with bad eyes can see.

When you uploading to Photobucket I always use the Large IMG setting, 640 x 480 it is a nice size...

How to post Qview to Forum:

For Step By Step Instructions On Posting Qview Check Out This Tutorial

post #10 of 24
Aloha Fid....Glad you could join us. Don't be shy about asking for any assist. There are many great people here. Have fun and post Q-views when you can.
post #11 of 24
Welcome aboard Fid! Nice to see people still getting excited about the TBS.

Don't forget to give that chargriller a break-in burn, and have fun this weekend.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #12 of 24
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #13 of 24
Welcome to the SMF. Enjoy your stay.
post #14 of 24

Greetings 'Fid', and Welcome to the 'community'.

Enjoy your stay at
Settle in and have fun.
Any questions, plenty of experts... and make yourself at home.
post #15 of 24
glad you joined us. Fine looking cooker you got there. Make sure you invest in a couple of quality thermometers. That's the one tool you'll find that will help you more than in anything.
post #16 of 24
Welcome to SMF. Tons of useful information here.

Most Home Depots have Hickory and Mesquite. For a first smoke you could try using those but not a lot of them as they have a heavy smoke flavor.
post #17 of 24
Welcome Fid!

I spend a lot of time in Claremont. Do you get out to the Back Abbey much?

post #18 of 24
Welcome to a great sight with an excellent group of people. We are motley bunch by the looks of some of the photos., The women are outstanding and a plethora of knowledge. The men are second to none and the sheep........ well you know the rest.

post #19 of 24
Welcome! I highly recommend the pork butt sticky in the pork forum for a great tutorial on smoking a butt for the first time. You will find a lot of great people here willing to help and share their wealth of knowledge.
post #20 of 24
Fid, that is one serious piece of equipment she got you! Be sure to give her another hug for that one! As for what to smoke after you locate some wood, I would try either ribs (using 3-2-1 method) or a Boston Butt. Both are quite forgiving of beginners and both are quite tasty even if you do mess up a bit (just don't admit to it icon_wink.gif ).

Welcome to SMF!

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