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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
New to smoking, new to the forum. I'm in League City, TX and my wife told me to get a hobby that doesn't involve a boat (cheaper!) and somehow I ended up wanting to smoke meat. Growing up I remember watching my grandfather slaughter hogs and smoking meat in a homemade in-ground smoker. I've never really tried much more than grilling food, but now I want to try the art of smoking myself.

This year I'll be using my four burner brinkman grill with a v-cut firebox and a water pan on the far left side of the grill. That still gives me a good 2/3 of the the grill surface for smoking. If I can put out some good meals, next year I'll be in the market for a dedicated smoker.

The first rack of ribs are in the fridge right now. I'm trying the 2-2-1 on the babybacks this afternoon so hopefully this will be a good start. Looking forward to learning and putting my own touch on some of my favorites.
post #2 of 17
Hey Phrog, welcome to the forum and best of luck with your BBs. If you have a digital camera, how about some pics of your smoker and your first BBs.

Welcome aboard.
post #3 of 17
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #4 of 17
welcome to smf and good luck on your bbs
post #5 of 17
First off welcome Frog to SMF. It sounds like you are well on your way to be an outstanding new member of this fine site. 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 #6 of 17
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #7 of 17
Welcome Phrogs.........this is a great forum with lots of great information. You can learn a lot here.

BTW - I am down the street in Friendswood.
post #8 of 17

hey Phrogs

welcome to the board. I am pretty new here as well but the attitude of everyone on this board makes me feel like I have been here for ages.

I work in LC for the city. Drop me a line if you want to get together anytime and talk Q.

post #9 of 17

Welcome to SMF, 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

I Would Highly Suggest Reading these posts on Food Safety by bbally.

This thread will tell you basically everything you need to know and the man explaining it is
both a ServSafe Instructor and a HACCP Instructor.

Here you can get the 2009 USDA Food Safety Guide from his site.

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 #10 of 17
Welcome to SMF and good luck on them ribs. Lots of info here so if a question comes up feel free to ask.
post #11 of 17
Phrogs4ever welcome to the forum.

Now would be a good time to tell your wife that We here on SMF have shown you that smoking fish is a very good thing. So you will need to get a boat so you can go out and get some. biggrin.gif

You might want to pull the above dangerous move only after she has tasted some to die for smoked meat first though.

Just trying to help. icon_smile.gif
post #12 of 17
Howdy neighbor, welcome to the SMF!!
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

OK, here goes...

I tried uploading photos this morning but ended up with a virus from photobucket and spent the better part of the day cleaning up my computer.

Anyway, the bb ribs yesterday came out nicely. I prepped them by rinsing and pulling off the membrane. I then cut the rack into thirds because I wanted to try one memphis style and two sauced up (per wifeys request). I used a thin coat of yellow mustard and coated them with a rib rub. I let the rub sit for about ten minutes before I wrapped them in saran wrap and placed them in the fridge. I let them sit for five hours.

On the grill, I used soaked hickory chips in the box and a water pan that was half-half Michelob Honey Lager and water. My target temp was 250 F, and the OAT was in the mid 50s. The ribs I wanted to cook dry I covered with brown sugar and let it "melt" before placing on the grill. I smoked them for two hours, then wrapped them in foil with a shot of apple juice and let them go another two hours. Finally, I put them back on the grill naked for about another hour, adding the first sauces about 30 minutes prior to completion.

All three samples came out delicious, but the dry ribs were more tender than the sauced ribs. In the pictures below, the dry ribs were the ones on the left and a little closer to the heat source. In the future if I need consistant rib tenderness I will simply rotate them everytime I open the lid (about once an hour).

Another lesson learned was that I put the ribs on the grill as soon as I got the temp above my target. Unfortunately, I didn't see smoke come out for another fifteen minutes. Next time I'll wait until the smoke starts generating before I add the meat.

I added the foil to the left side of the grill to block the holes. This promoted a good smoke flow from left to right in order to smoke the ribs before venting.

Three varieties of babybacks, two hungry people, one great meal. Since this was my first attempt I can only imagine how good it can get. I look forward to getting a real smoker!
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
I used the recommended photo size 640x480. Next time I'll make them one size smaller for easier viewing.

By the way, big thanks to whoever posted the photobucket tutorial!
post #15 of 17
Have spent many nights in your City and or close to it . Welcome to SMF ..
post #16 of 17
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
post #17 of 17
For many years I used my gas grill to smoke everything from ribs to brisket with great results. A true smoker does make life a wee bit easier, but just like you have here, great results can be had from a grill doing smoker duties!
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