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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Hey all, a guy at work showed me this site so I decided to drop in. My dad's been doing some smoking lately, and my wife, daughter and I all really liked it, so we decided to give it a try. Picked up the Brinkmann Electric (red barrel) version at Depot yesterday, gonna cure it today. Thought his would be a good one to start because we have a pretty small courtyard area. Hopefully if we move later this year, we'll have room for a nicer one. But, figured with it only being the three of us, this would be a good first venture. Probably going to try some chicken this weekend, any advice would be appreciated.

Hope everyones having a good week!!PDT_Armataz_01_22.gif
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Welcome to SMF , home of ECB , FATTIE , ECB < the great 5 Day eCourse , MES and all kinds of things . My name is Buddy and I live in Mesquite Texas and I am a SMOKEOLIC .... Just one smoke and I was hooked for life .
post #3 of 30
Welcome AzHic13
There is a wealth of knowledge here. Ask and ye shall receive.
Good luck on your first smoke.
From another eastsider.
post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, just got everything put together. With the help of my little one, of course lol. Naturally one of the wooden handles was missing, yet they gave me about twice as many screws as the inventory list called for. icon_rolleyes.gif, oh well, I'll give them a call later, I'm sure they'll just send one out. Worst case I'll spend the $1 on a run of dowel and cut a new handle.
Smokers curing now, so we'll see how it goes. PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #5 of 30
Welcome to SMF - glad to have you here with us
post #6 of 30
Welcome to the SMF! Lotsa great people here willing to share the knowledge and experiences!
post #7 of 30
Welcome aboard!
What is your plan for the chicken? Probably the most important thing you need before you smoke is a game plan. This will help keep you on trak and lead to a successful smoke.
Also what other equipment do you have, i.e. Thermometers, charcoal type, etc..?
post #8 of 30
Good questions on helping you get an edge on that first smoke. Points on this one my friend.
post #9 of 30
Welcome to the forum. I'm also pretty new and also started with the ECB (the gourmet charcoal model). It's a safe way to cut your teeth while getting involved in the hobby. If you don't like it you're not out much but if you do, you'll get plenty of advice on upgrading your gear.

You'll also find we just love pictures. Hope you have a digital.
post #10 of 30
welcome to smf!!
post #11 of 30
Thread Starter 
Right now I don't have much, still browsing through the site looking at reccomendations and recipes. Thinking i'll just start with some chicken breasts (boneless/skinless) because thats what I happen to have in the freezer. Still looking at thermos, want to get one to mount on the smoker itself, and then a digital to use for the meat inside. Do you have any reccomendations on these? Also, where would you reccommend grabbing them (seeing as though we're in the same area).

post #12 of 30
Welcome to SMF glad you decided to join us. Looks like your getting some good advice. I too would suggest a good thermometer or two if your smoker came with a thermometer its probably inaccurate and you'll need them to turn out safe consistent meats. You'll find most of us smoke by temperature and not time or looks on most things
post #13 of 30
Glad you joined us here on SMF! Plenty to learn no matter what "level" of smoker you are. If you know of any tips or trick feel free to share and we all do the same!

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Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #15 of 30
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
post #16 of 30
Welcome to SMF! There is a lot of knowledge here. Don't be afraid to ask questions, someone is always willing be sure to help.
post #17 of 30
First off welcome Az Hic 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 #18 of 30
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 One suggestion I have is go easy on the smoking wood until you get the hang of it, I would smoke easy for 1 hour, finish cooking to temp and see how it comes out.
post #19 of 30
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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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

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