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Wife bought me a Bradley digital smoker for Christmas, it's been too cold up here to try it out so I thought I might as well find out how to use it.

Supposed to warm up this weekend to 2 degs celcius (it was -26 this morning) so I thought I might fire it up.

Any tips for a first timer? (I have already signed up for the 5 day ecourse)

From doing a bit of reading I assume I have to season the smoker before using it.

What is an easy meat to smoke for a first timer?

Thanks in advance and I look forward to participating on the forum.
post #2 of 13
Welcome to SMF - yes - you need to season it first for several reasons - first wipe it out real good with a bit of soap and water then use a wet rag to get the soap off and dry it real good. Then season it with one or two smokes. Most important question - do you have a good accurate thermometer? If so I think it would be good for you to start with chicken quarters or thighs then go to a pork butt. That is just me .02
Good luck and make sure to post some qview
post #3 of 13
welcome codsta and you'll like this place cause there are alot good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat and other foods. There are alot of people here that also have the same smoker as you do too. so welcome and go grab something to smoke and we will be here all hours to help you out.
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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.

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post #5 of 13
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #6 of 13
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #7 of 13
welcome and i thought it was cold here in kansas city its 1 here
post #8 of 13
welcome go Flames
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Howdy & welcome!
post #10 of 13
Man after my own heart not scarred of a little cold weather ! smoke on !
post #11 of 13
Welcome to the SMF,We are glad to have you onboard
post #12 of 13
Welcome. Lots of good help here. I learned doing ribs. Only takes a few hours (as opposed to a butt) and there are a lot of good examples here using 3-2-1 method (smoked, foiled, smoked) or like I do simply smoking unfoiled all the way.

Any hobby where you can eat your mistakes is a good one. Can't say that about my antique carsPDT_Armataz_01_12.gif

I second the thermometer recommendation. You need to know the temparture of the smoker at the meat and the internal temperature of the meat.

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for more info.

I just got a new Maverick ET-73 digital thermometer. This is a nice remote unit with two probes - one for the smoker and one for the meat.
post #13 of 13
[quote=Codsta;418244]Wife bought me a Bradley digital smoker for Christmas, it's been too cold up here to try it out so I thought I might as well find out how to use it.

Supposed to warm up this weekend to 2 degs celcius (it was -26 this morning) so I thought I might fire it up.

quote]

-26c (that's a balmy -15F for you southern folks) too cold? Nah! That's when things are just getting interesting......

The Bradley's are insulated, would't be trying a 10lb butt or anything, betcha it'd work for something smaller like ribs. Just keep it out of the wind, and that includes the Chinooks even if they're warmer. Nuttin' sucks the heat out like a good breeze.

Funny, my Webber is out there under 2ft of snow, but my MES/Centro has been going full bore all winter - ribs, salami, Keilbasa, bacon. Course, I've been here on the coast for about 10 years now (lived in Calgary for 25), maybe I'm forgetting what real cold feels like.

Welcome aboard!
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