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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hey all,

I am wanting to learn how to smoke meat and make some great BBQ. I was given a Brinkmann Smoke n Grill and I don't even know how to use it. icon_confused.gif I am hoping to pick your brains and learn all I can before summer. I love Brisket, pulled pork, chicken etc... I will also be looking to step up to a bigger smoker and will be looking for suggestions. Thanks for hosting this site!

post #2 of 18
Welcome to SMF, John. Glad you joined us.
post #3 of 18
Hey John
You have come to the right place to learn - first step would be to take the 5 day smoking course and looking thru the post will get you lots of help
post #4 of 18

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

How to post Qview to Forum:

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

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.

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

post #5 of 18
Welcome and enjoy the forum.
post #6 of 18
Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you here.
post #7 of 18
Welcome to SMF. It's a great place to be!
post #8 of 18

First off, as mentioned, take the 5 day course...it's pretty basic - but it will give you a GREAT start.

Second, start off your smoking meat adventures with something fairly easy. A pork shouler/pulled pork smoke, or a ckicken, or a couple racks of baby back ribs might be in order.

Also, make SURE before the warm weather hits, that you've got a reliable 'after market' thermometer. The ones that come standard on you Brinkmann (as well as the stock therms on almost ALL of our smokers) can be off by as much as 40 degrees!

Buy a Maverick ET 73 dual probe therm.

Take care of it when not in use, and it will be a VERY valuable tool.

Good luck with your Que!
post #9 of 18
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks here and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 18
Get after it and welcome to SMF,,,
post #11 of 18
Welcome to the SMF John, You've come to the right place to learn the craft of smoking. First advise I 'll offer ya is don't trust the thermometer on your new ECB. Get a good digital.
Start off small as the first couple smokes can be less then perfect. then read up on how you can modify the ECB to preform better.
post #12 of 18
Welcome to the SMF John. Good to have you here.
post #13 of 18
Welcome John, glad to have you here at SMF. Great place with a lot of great info. Everyone is here willing to help you prepare the best smoke ever in the shortest amount of time. Questions, just ask.

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the very kind welcome! icon_mrgreen.gif

I have signed up for the e-course, I have ordered the rub and sauce recipies, and I read for about 2 hours last night. I am looking forward to getting a good smoke going on some pork loin or something like that to start. Maybe some Chicken? What do you think I should start with?

I got my Brinkmann Smoke N Grill as a gift. It is used, and I think a guy just wanted the room in his garage icon_smile.gif Anyway, I have no instructions with this thing, and I have no idea how to use it. Any suggestions?

Thanks again!
post #15 of 18
Welcome to the SMF John,We are glad to have you onboard
post #16 of 18
Welcome aboard, John.
post #17 of 18
Welcome to SMF, you picked a great place to learn a fun, addictive hobby !!!

Here is a pdf to your smokers owners manual - http://images.brinkmann.net/Docs/Pdf/810-3040-W.pdf

As far as what to smoke first I personally would start with fatties and/or a pork butt for some pulled pork. Neither will require a perfect smoking enviroment to give you a successful first smoke. Reason I say that is, it will most likely take a few smokes for you to get comfortable with how the smoker holds temperatures.

Before your first smoke I would even just run it an hour or two, so you can see what temperature is comfortable to hold it at. Also I would read through a few threads that I will include links to, these will give you numerous ideas on modification you can make to your Brinkman to make it more efficient.



Others gave you great advice on thermometers.

Look forward to hearing and hopefully seeing some Qview from your smokes !!!
post #18 of 18
First off welcome John 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.
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