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Thread Starter 
Hey guys I’m new to this forum and kind of new to smoking meat as well. This past summer I bought a Brinkman Electric smoker on a recommendation from a friend as a way to get started. I have had some success with chicken and ribs but brisket seems to be out of my league as it always turns out way to tough to eat great if you’re looking for new shoe leather though J. From what I have been able to figure out it, the temp of the unit is getting way to high around the 300F zone. I guess I need to find a way to keep it down around 220 to 230.
So I guess I will say a few things about myself, I live in Dallas Texas but I’m from Oklahoma. I'm grilling fool or a fool grilling depends on who you ask like my wife of 21 years J.
love my grilling have been grilling for 20 years and can grill just about anything and have it turn out great or so my family tells me.

I found this forum looking for information on smoking a Turkey for Thanksgiving we’re having a traditional oven roasted one as well but I thought why not try a smoked one as well.
So my plan is to smoke a 10 to 11 pounder on the Brink, I found if I use the big bowl that came with it for water for the wood chunks it works better as well if I smoke on the top rack it stays closer to the recommended temp. Any pointers would be great. And just so you know I have started to read the electric smoker mod section.
post #2 of 15
Welcome to SMF.Alot of folks use your unit and will chime in...If not feel free to start a thread....
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First off welcome 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 #4 of 15
Welcome aboard!
post #5 of 15
Welcome. Go Cowboys.

Looking forward to seeing some qview of that turkey. We have a little rule around here. No qview...never happened.
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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 #7 of 15

Brinkmann Smoker Mods

I'm up in Denton and have a smoker that's so far 1 for 2. It's a charcoal ecb gourmet. My first try was awful - like you I had an awful time with temperature. My son has the ecb electric and has had some success but also struggles with temperature. My first try at smoking ribs was futile - the thing leaked like crazy; smoke came from everywhere since there's no dampers, top or bottom, to help regulate the air flow. Once I added dampers, 2 to the bottom, and one on top along with a stove gasket for the lid, temperature control was simple trial and error during a test burn. Less than an hour ago, I brought in my first boston butt. It's now foil wrapped, with a bit of apple juice, in a 220 degree sauna in the kitchen. You can see the mods here.
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Getting the Hang of It

Welcome to the forum - an earlier post of mine has a link to several pictures of the mods I did to my ecb. They worked pretty well.
post #9 of 15
Welcome to the SMF my new friend. Beofre you do another smoke, have you calibrated the cabinet therm? If it's way off, invest in a new one. Most factory therms are replaced early in the game.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
mine did not have one to start but i put one on it afterr the first time I used it.
post #11 of 15
Welcome to SMF!! Lots of good folks and information here... PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
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Welcome to the SMF family! Glad you joined us.
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welcome to the forum. neighbor from Ft. Worth here. this will be my first turkey also.
post #14 of 15
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #15 of 15
Howdy & Welcome from H-Town!
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