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post #1 of 10
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Hey All - Dan here -- Decided to figure out what smoking is all about...Tried it a few times but ready to get a little more serious. I have a propane grill that I am going to start on until finances get better. Need to go get some wood and a smoking box.

I love to cook and moved back to PA from FL where I learned to love smoked foods. I really want to get good at this but don't know how except to try it. My wife and kids can't wait for me to get good. Any tips on using a gas grill for this?

I want to smoke a pork roast or some chicken? Any thoughts?
post #2 of 10
Sure, welcome. First go through this site, it's full of information and get the tree day smoking class.
If you buy a smoker box ok, but you can also use foil pouches. The theory is the same regardless of the cooker. On a gas grill put a drip pan under one of the side racks with some hot liquid, I use apple juice. You'll keep that burner off. turn on the other 2 or 1 depending on if you have a 2 or 3 burner grill close lid and pre-heat. Once pre heated place the foil pouch with presoaked chips in it next to a lit burner. Place you meat over the drip pan close the lid. Adjust the flame to keep the temp range around 225*, spritz with liquid every 45 minutes or so.
This is just a general idea, you'll need to play around and don't get discouraged, everyone here including myself have burned, ruined, or otherwise destroyed our share of meat.
The key thing is to enjoy it, and so long as you and your family like what you produce....your a hero!
post #3 of 10
Welcome to SMF glad you decided to join us. You'll find lots of good info and some great recipes here. Have fun and happy smoking
post #4 of 10
Welcome to the smoke train
post #5 of 10
Welcome Dan. I too started out with using a smoker box on the gas grill, first made from foil, then one specifically for my grill. Then I figured I had made pretty good ribs until I entered a small local contest and came in dead last...but I had a blast! I then scoured the internet looking at smokers and decided on a brand/style I wanted and its been even better.

You will learn a ton from this site, wish I had found it 2 years ago!!!!

Enjoy and we all look forward to hearing about and seeing your progress.

post #6 of 10
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #7 of 10

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.
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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.

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post #8 of 10
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
post #9 of 10
Welcome to the SMF Dan, We are glad to have you onboard
post #10 of 10
Welcome to SMF, Dan. Glad you joined us.
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